I really like the new look for tabs in Firefox 2. It just feels a lot nicer than older versions have. Is there still room for improvement? Sure, but that is the job of extensions for now. The Aging Tabs Firefox extension shades your tabs different colors due to how long ago it was you last used them. I would still like to see a little more customization with this extension, but overall I think it is a nice pick.
We have seen thumbnails for tabs before, that is not exactly new. The Firefox Showcase extension does a little more than just adding thumbnails though. It gives you several ways to check out those preview pictures and does so with style and class.
Need to open a new tab in a hurry? Sure, you could do it a number of ways. I have one that will get you there faster than all the rest. This is all you need to do:
double-click any empty spots on the tab bar
Now wasn’t that easy?
Need to go back home, but you do not want to leave the Web page you are on? Use this simple trick to browse the way you want to browse.
middle-click (or ctrl + left click) on the homepage button to open your homepage in a new tab
Now you can go back to your homepage anytime you need to without disrupting your current browsing situation.
Yeah, another top 10 list. Pretty soon we will have a top 10 list of the best top 10 lists. This one I found pretty interesting though, because it had a few extensions even I haven’t gotten around to playing with yet.
Last week we covered 10 Firefox extensions that would keep your information private and make your browsing experience as safe as possible. Going beyond the security we need to also think about what cool (and sometimes productive) extensions we can install that will make Firefox even better. Let’s target tab browsing this time…
Want to quickly close a tab in everybody’s favorite browser? You could move your mouse all the way up to the tab bar and then right-click and then select “Close Tab”. If you in a hurry though, here is a method of getting it done that is a little faster.
move up to the tab in question, then middle click (or ctrl + left click) it.
Now you don’t have to worry about that person about to come in the room and find out you were reading about midgets.
Maybe it has and maybe it has not happened to you. You are surfing along at a Web site and somebody walks into the room. Instead of turning around and trying to shove them out, you can just rename that open tab. How are you suppose to do that? Well first, you need to pick up the RenameTabs Firefox extension.
What the heck is tab overflow? I was confused as well:
By this point I think most people know the frustration that I had with how Mozilla handled the scrolling tab-bar in Firefox but it looks like they have found a good solution. By default I can now have a much more reasonable number of tabs open, in the area of 20-30, before the tabs start to scroll. Thank you Mozilla!
This is a handy extension to have. The NewTabURL Firefox extension allows you to set how your new tabs open. You can have it open the home page of the browser, a blank Web page or a copy of the current Web page you are viewing. Other extensions out there do this and more, but if you just want this feature and nothing else.. well, here you go!
Want more control over your tabs? The Tab to Window Firefox extension will allow you to have a few more options when you have a tab open. You can move a tab to a new window or you can copy a tab to a new window. For those folks out there that like multiple windows and tabs open when they are browsing, this is for them.