Power Tip #5: Firefox’s (3.6) new toggle full screen shortcut conflicts with Web Developer’s Display Element Information shortcut

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After updating my Firefox to the new 3.6 version I've noticed that my favorite shortcut Cmd+Shift+F (Display Element Information – Web Developer Toolbar) didn't work anymore. Instead of getting the expected results Firefox just switched to full screen mode. Well, my first thought was that there might be an version conflict between the Web Developer Toolbar and the new Firefox and I would simply update the plugin to fix the issue. But there is no new version of the toolbar yet.

What happened?

Mozilla has added the new shortcut for full screen mode to Firefox which apparently overrules the shortcut of the plugin. As a web developer I use Cmd+Shift+F on a daily basis for my work. And honestly, who needs to switch Firefox to full screen mode, at least I never do.

 

Firefox Menu

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Web Developer Toolbar Menu

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The Solution

There is a very simple solution to this issue:

  1. Download the Keyconfig plugin for Firefox at http://mozilla.dorando.at/keyconfig.xpi
  2. Restart Firefox
  3. In Firefox go to Tools -> Keyconfig
  4. Find the entry "Full Screen" (the one with the unwanted shortcut) and press Disable

 

That's it. Your Web Developer Toolbar should work again.

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