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For web browsing I use Pale Moon. Pale Moon has a Status Bar, similar to what is now known as the Add-on Bar in Firefox.

With Pale Moon when I hover over a link

  • URL is shown in the status bar
  • URL is shown instantly
  • Entire width of status bar is allowed for URL, if necessary

With Firefox when I hover over a link

  • URL is shown in a tooltip in lower left corner
  • URL is shown after intentional delay
  • Only half the browser window width is allowed for URL

Is there a way to make Firefox behave more like Pale Moon? I realize Status-4-Evar might be the best solution here but I wish to see what, if any other options are out there. I will also accept well thought out and referenced answers as to why the Firefox way is "better".

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Going in the same order as above...

Show the URL over the Add-on Bar:

  1. Using Stylish or userChrome.css, define the following CSS:

    statuspanel
    {
        z-index: 1 !important;
        bottom: 1px !important;
    }
    
    toolbar#addon-bar
    {
        z-index: 0 !important;
    }
    

    before

With some extra tweaking, the final result can look like this (Windows 7):

after

label.statuspanel-label
{
    padding-top: 0 !important;
    padding-bottom: 0 !important;
    border: 0 !important;
    background-image: none !important;
    background-color: #cedaeb !important;
    color: #000000 !important;
}

Remove the delay and transition:

  1. Set the browser.overlink-delay preference in about:config to 0. Restart Firefox.

  2. Define the following CSS:

    statuspanel[type=overLink], statuspanel[inactive][previoustype=overLink]
    {
        -moz-transition: none !important;
    }
    

Allow URLs to span the whole width of the window:

  1. Define the following CSS:

    statuspanel
    {
        max-width: 100% !important;
    }
    

Bonus:

If you are going to use the Add-on Bar as a permanent fixture, you can hide it's close button with:

toolbarbutton#addonbar-closebutton
{
    display: none !important;
}

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Here is the combined CSS, sans Windows 7 theme:

statuspanel
{
    z-index: 1 !important;
    bottom: 1px !important;
    max-width: 100% !important;
}

toolbar#addon-bar
{
    z-index: 0 !important;
}

statuspanel[type=overLink], statuspanel[inactive][previoustype=overLink]
{
    -moz-transition: none !important;
}

toolbarbutton#addonbar-closebutton
{
    display: none !important;
}
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I've combined the CSS to make it easier to apply. If you are still having problems, copy and paste this block of code. –  iglvzx Jun 1 '12 at 5:02
    
Are you using Stylish or the userChrome approach? –  iglvzx Jun 1 '12 at 5:39
    
I cannot reproduce your issue. My CSS works on a new profile, if I use Stylish or userChrome. Can you fire up a new profile, and see if the fade still remains? I am using Firefox 12.0 –  iglvzx Jun 1 '12 at 5:45
    
Ok. I'm out of time tonight, but tomorrow I will post directions for how I got the CSS selectors in the first place. Perhaps our Firefoxes are slightly different. –  iglvzx Jun 1 '12 at 5:54
    
I noticed its not actually a fade out, but a delay before disappearing. With Pale Moon it is instant appear/disappear. –  Steven Penny Jun 1 '12 at 5:55
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