However the panel above the subscription list takes up too much space for my humble screen resolution of 1024×768. As Google rolled out the much complained “Friends’ shared items” feature, it became an urgent task for me to hide the annoying but never used panel. It took up 1/3 of the vertical space on the left sidebar!
No, not just hiding. Sometimes I need to clear the number of unread friends’ shared items. So it should be a “toggler” like the sidebar (or nav-bar as called by Google) toggler natively built in Google Reader. Like this:
Before hiding, with mouse hovering on the toggler:
When the panel is hidden:
You can still open it at any time. Basically, it works in the same way as the native sidebar toggler.
This is done by writing a user script for Greasemonkey, so you must have Greasemonkey installed to use it.