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Is there a piece of software, or plugin, that lets me view a web page with almost no window dressing, so I can use it as a dashboard?

For example, say I find a neat website that shows a world clock:

http://localtimes.info/getwidget/world/

Is there something that lets me view that in its own window, with no other window dressing such as menus/controls - i.e. better than a separate browser window and resized?

Bonus points for:

  • Can open a set URL and a set window size from a shortcut
  • Ability to float over all other windows
  • Can move around by dragging interior as well
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You can configure Firefox to have no internal decorations.

For that you should create an own profile so it won't mess with your other browsing windows and then disable all sidebars etc. in the View menu.

If you want to have even less, like no Window decorations have a look at this Question over at Super User:

https://superuser.com/questions/235006/how-do-i-display-a-small-browser-less-website-on-my-screen/246903#246903

The basic Idea is that you create a Chrome Shortcut that opens in its own window.

The Prism Plugin for Firefox (something I have used before) is no longer available but if you are willing to install an old version of FF only for this purpose thats a solid working solution, even more so if you only have one site to display and don't use FF for your regular browsing.

Depending on what that site requires, it might be easiest to write yourself a small program where you can control the window decorations programatically (This is what I do today).

Windows that don't have decorations can't be moved by clicking on said missing decorations so to move it you have to right click the window in the task bar and select "Move" (or so, "Verschieben" in German) then you can move it with the arrow keys.

  • You would not be able to drag it around though by pressing the interior of the window, though. – Nicolas Raoul Apr 10 '14 at 8:12
  • @NicolasRaoul You have to right click the window in the task bar and select "Move" (or so, "Verschieben" in German) then you can move it with the arrow keys. – Angelo Fuchs Apr 10 '14 at 8:13
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    Cool, the chrome "create application shortcuts" solution works great. Dragging interior of window is not necessary, but a good-to-have. – congusbongus Apr 10 '14 at 9:13

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