Move Tabs to the Bottom

Change Default Tab Bar Location

A few Firefox versions ago, you used to be able to have your tabs under the location bar rather than on top of it.  If anybody is feeling nostalgic or simply preferred this way of browsing in Firefox, it is fairly easy to put tabs back on the bottom (rather than the top) of Firefox.

Here are the simple steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.

    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the Search field box at the top, type browser.tabs.onTop.
  3. Double-click the browser.tabs.onTop preference to set its value to false.

Personally, I feel like tabs on top feels a ‘bit more natural these days – however, like with many things in Firefox, you can change it if you do not like it. Which do you prefer?

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3 Responses to Move Tabs to the Bottom

  1. Albert Feb/11 at 11:00 am #

    Tabs should be on the left. just like they on on most printed indexed documents, on PDFs, etc.

    Why waste valuable vertical space with tabs?
    Why squeeze 4 or 5 tabs across the top when you can have 25 – 30 on the left, vertically?

    Try reviewing Tree Style Tabs extension. Forget the rest.

  2. BartC Feb/11 at 1:06 pm #

    I actually don’t like either position for the tabs. Of course, it is partly what one is used to using. I end up with tabs on the bottom.

    However, I think the UI needs a clear demarcation line, which currently is missing. Certainly, the line would be imaginary, but still service a function. Here’s what I mean: everything above this Manson-Dixon line would be items that remain constant with the browser no matter what page is being displayed. And, everything below that line would change along with the contents of the displayed window.

    For example (from bottom to top): right above the content window, would be tabs, and right above that would be the URL field. Then, would come the imaginary demarcation, and one would have the favorites bar, and then what ever else one chose to display (menus, search fields, icons, whatever.)

    And, one other thing. It seems really impossible to put various parts of the UI where I want. Some items won’t move or persist in docking with others. Not nice.

    • Mitch Feb/13 at 7:24 am #

      Thanks for the comment on this!