Applying Fitt’s Law to the Firefox Back button

In: Mozilla

5 Dec 2004

Phil Wilson has a nice writeup on Enhancing Firefox GUI usability where he points out one good thing about IE: a bigger Back button. Of course, Phil isn’t one to jibe at Firefox’s back button. Rather he goes on to teach us how remedy this usability flaw by making the Back button bigger in Firefox, and this is possible thanks to the customizability of Firefox.

All you need to do is to add a few lines to the userChrome.css file in your profile – Phil explains all. (Trivia: you can combine the 2 CSS rules into a single “padding: 0 10px;”).

5 Responses to Applying Fitt’s Law to the Firefox Back button



December 5th, 2004 at 5pm

It is quite subjective. For me, the most frequently used button is not Backward, but Reload… :-P

P.S. I mostly use mouse gesture, so the button size doesn’t really matter to me…


Lim Chee Aun

December 7th, 2004 at 8pm

I know how to make it even BIGGER. I mean it. ;-)


Chris Neale

December 12th, 2004 at 1am

You mean something along the lines of ‘selective text on right’ ?


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