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An optional navigation bar floating at the top
Should the top navigation be frozen?

It would be more comfortable to have a floating toolbar like current FB toolbar. It's easy to access anytime, doesn't matter how long did you scrolled the page.

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, ChrisF, Arjan, user7116, kiamlaluno Dec 6 '11 at 19:16

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Arr...at least it's a duplicate of the "make it float" part...let me see if I find a better one. –  Time Traveling Bobby Dec 6 '11 at 12:22
    
Well, I could swear this was asked and declined before! But I can't find it... –  Time Traveling Bobby Dec 6 '11 at 12:29
    
but what's the reason of declining? –  haynar Dec 6 '11 at 12:31
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You're not asking to fix the position of the existing top bar, are you? (If so, then see Should the top navigation be frozen?) –  Arjan Dec 6 '11 at 13:19
    
@Arjan, yes it's the same idea that I meant. –  haynar Dec 6 '11 at 13:27

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Before you even discuss whether something should be a toolbar, or whatever - first you need to know what you want to put there. I'm very unclear what features/buttons would be always relevant and pertinent to where-ever you scrolled, that don't already exist by the item they serve.

You might also be interested in the keyboard shortcuts, which may provide much of what you are after. Any use?

Personally, my view is that floating toolbars only apply in a very limited number of scenarios.

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This is probably down to personal preference, but I find floating fixed-position toolbars rather intrusive and reduces the usable real-estate in my browser.

I remove as many toolbars as I can from the browser (bookmarks, addons, etc...) and it would irk me if a website then forces one on me.

In the rare occasion that I need to access the top links while I'm deep in a page, I'd much rather have a shortcut key that scrolls me to the top of the page. For now, I'm doing Ctrl+L then ENTER which reloads the page (thus grabbing new notifications) and put me back where I started.

As pointed out by Bobby in the comments, Ctrl+Home scolls to the top of the page which is also useful since it doesn't require reloading the page and will still work if the URL navigates you to mid-page.


p.s. the initial GM script that predates the StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ had position:fixed, but there was some objection to that positioning. IMHO, you'd be hard pressed to convince the dev/design team to make the toolbar be displayed as such.

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yes, I can understand you, some time ago I had a netbook with a small screen. so maybe the toolbar could be floating depending on user preferences... –  haynar Dec 6 '11 at 12:28
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Ctrl + Home for example...yeah, I know, not the most convenient one. –  Time Traveling Bobby Dec 6 '11 at 12:31
    
but on small keyboards there is no "Home" button –  haynar Dec 6 '11 at 12:34
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@Bobby Aha... that's easier than Ctrl+L,Enter combo I use. Works a little different, but just as useful. –  Shawn Chin Dec 6 '11 at 12:34
    
Interesting, I did not know about that Combo-possibility. –  Time Traveling Bobby Dec 6 '11 at 12:36
    
I don't know if this has a Windows equivalent, but Command-Up (the up-arrow) scrolls to the top in Chrome, Firefox and Safari on a Mac, @haynar. (On Windows plain Home and End seem to be the documented shortcuts for Firefox.) –  Arjan Dec 6 '11 at 14:23

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