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November 30, 2006

Textarea resizer

One of the things that irks me when I write a blog entry is that the textarea in which you type your entry is kind of small if you have a large monitor. And I do, so for me, there’s lots of white space to the right of the text box and the formatting codes, and yet I’m stuck there typing into a relatively small box.

I keep meaning to ask Mat or Kieran if they can put in a fix to make the text area resizeable, but they’re busy people with lots of other things to do, so I was pleased to come across two neat ways to solve this:

  • The first is a bookmarklet which works in most browsers – IE, Firefox Safari, Opera, etc. You put it on your toolbar and then when you want to make a text area bigger, you click the bookmarklet, then move your mouse over the bottom righthand corner of the text area in question, whereupon the cursor changes to a double-headed arrow and you can then drag the text area out to be as wide and deep as you like.
  • The second is a Firefox extension which is even nicer, since you don’t have to click anything to make it work; all text areas just become magically resizeable. But it is of course Firefox only, so if your taste in browsers takes you elsewhere then you’re out of luck (and sense) (just kidding) (not really).

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