Let a Little Bit of Greasemonkey Into Your Life

Greasemonkey is a Firefox Addon that you can use to modify the look and feel of websites. I use two Greasemonkey scripts to modify the look and feel of i-proving so that it works better for me (YMMV).

I’d like to share these scripts with you for three reasons:

  1. You might like what they do and want to install them for yourself;
  2. I don’t want you to panic when you see munged i-proving pages;
  3. I’m interested in what you think of Greasemonkey and my scripts in particular.

Script Rationale

I first used i-proving to read and write blog posts. The sidebar, on the left hand side of each page, shows a Search widget, Topics of Note, a Calendar, a list of Logged in Users, and Recent Changes. These features support me when I interact with i-proving as an aggregated company blog.

However, these days I mostly use i-proving as a project Wiki. I don’t use anything from the sidebar except the Search widget. I resent giving up screen real estate to the sidebar—especially when I want to post large images.

Installing the Scripts

I’ve created two scripts: one that removes the sidebar and another that sets the focus to the user name widget on the login page (sometimes I let the littlest things really annoy me).

You must install Greasemonkey before you can install these two scripts. I found the Greasemonkey Firefox add-on here. If that doesn’t work just use the standard way to locate and install Firefox addons.

Once you’ve installed Greasemonkey, click to install the Remove Sidebar and Login Focus scripts.

If you need to temporarily restore the sidebar, disable Greasemonkey by clicking on the monkey head icon in the Firefox statusbar and refresh the page.

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