Tag Archives | Tabbed Browsing

Move Tabs to the Sidebar

thumbnails-in-sidebar The Tab Sidebar add-on for Firefox does a simple change, but after I can promise you you’ll get a whole new perspective for the way Firefox works.  It acts more like a replacement for the tab bar and includes an always visible thumbnail preview of all the tabs you may have loaded up.

Here are some of the other Tab Sidebar features:

  • Provides navigation options for each tab including history, stop and reload
  • Allows you to move tabs around with drag and drop
  • You can drop links, local files and bookmarks anywhere you like
  • Displays the security status of tabs
  • Automatically refreshes the tab preview whenever the page changes

To activate the extension, just go to View and then Tab Sidebar to see it.  On the down side, some have complained that CPU usage goes way up when using this addition.  On the good side though, hey – you get pretty thumbnails for all of your tabs!  In the “what would I like to see” I would like to see if work flawlessly with the scroll wheel on your mouse. 

There is a lot of promise and a lot to already love, so give Tab Sidebar a download either via the Firefox Add-ons site or the official web page for the extension.

Weave 0.2 Ready to Sync You Up!

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Along with a fresh design, Mozilla Labs has also release Weave Prototype 0.2.  What is Weave, you say?  It is Mozilla’s answer to the problem of keeping all your bookmarks, history, passwords and more in sync across multiple computers.

So what is new in this 0.2 version of Weave?

  • Intelligent scheduler for synchronization to improve performance.
  • Expanded set of supported browser settings and metadata, including:  Bookmarks, Browsing History, Cookies, Saved Passwords, Saved Form Data, and Tabs.
  • Support for retrying failed network operations.
  • New server format performs better when there are frequent changes (e.g., for history sync).
  • Significant reworking of the startup experience, including a new Setup Wizard that performs account creation in chrome and allows for customization of settings.
  • Improved error detection and handling.
  • Notification dialog added to the status bar for displaying error, status and asynchronous events with or without required actions, e.g. authentication errors, notification of shares, etc.

Might be worth mentioning that they are still saying this version is for testing purposes only, so if Firefox later on kicks you in the head, points its browsing finger and laughs while your down, you were warned.

Ready to test it out?  Then download Weave 0.2 here!

Here recently, I just switched from Google Browser Sync to Foxmarks.  Once Weave gets all the kinks out though, I’ll probably be switching again because I really like the idea of having everything accessible no matter which PC I might be at.  Check out the Weave 0.2 Release Notes for more information.

Add Flags to Firefox Tabs

firefox-flag-tab We have colored them, moved them, shrunk them – so why not add little colored flags to your tabs?  The FlagTab add-on for Firefox gives a little more control when it comes to organizing your open tabs in Firefox.  For each tab open you can add a different colored flag, or give several the same colored flag.  The organizational options here are endless.

This extension for Firefox would come particularly handy when it comes to working on a project, where you need to keep track of which tabs are with which set of sites.  For example, if I was writing something about Firefox, I might flag the Mozilla sites I was getting information from green and the non-Mozilla sites red.  That way I can quickly see the difference between the two.

So if you are in need of another way to organize your open tabs – FlagTab might just do the job.

Open Links in the Next Tab Over

Open in the Next Tab Over... The Next Tab add-on for Firefox solves an issues I deal with everyday. We have all run into the situation where we are opening up a link and we have many tabs open already. Now to see that new link would you rather scroll sideways all the way to the end of the list of have it open up beside your current tab? Most people would say, “Hey Mitch, open that link up beside of course!”.

According to the developer, Next Tab is…

An add-on that improves the tabbed browsing. Naturally, we want all related tabs grouped together. So when you are a opening a new tab, you might want to open it right next to the current tab. This is a small, light weight extension that does the same. Usage: When you right click on a link, you will get an option to “open the link next to current tab” in the context menu. Click on it and the tab will be opened right next to the current tab.

So for those of use who spend our time browsing back and forth through multiple tabs, there is now an easier way to open the next link in a tab right next to your first one.

Tree Styled Tabs

tree-tabs Who was the person who decided that tabs have to stay on the top or the bottom of the browser or application you are using?  In Firefox the default spot is the top but it does not have to be.  With the Tree Style Tab extension from Firefox you can add it to your side and also give it a tree like appearance.

Now does that mean it will be green and brown?  No, not exactly.  Think of it much more as a folder tree like you would see your folders in via Windows Explorer.  New tabs are opened from links and attached to the current tab.  If you have tons of tabs open this will help you figure out which tab is associated with which topic you are browsing about.

Some of the features of Tree Style Tab include:

  • You can collapse/expand sub trees. It is convenient for too many tabs.
  • When you close a tab which has collapsed sub tree, all of tabs in the sub tree will be closed only one action.
  • The tree of tabs can be show in at right side.
  • Vertical tab bar cab be shown/hidden automatically.

If you have been wanting to find a way to give your tabs a new look and feel or you are looking for a way to better organize the tabs you have open Tree Styled Tab is an addon that can not be overlooked.  It gives you a unique experience just by making one simple change to your browser interface.

Move Firefox Tabs to the Bottom

Want to change up how you use Firefox? Some other browsers did the whole “tabs on the bottom” thing – and yes, Firefox can even pull off this trick with a little hacking around with the UserChrome.css file.

Firefox Tabs on Bottom of Window

Here is what you need to add to your UserChrome.css file to get this to work:

/* Display the tabbar at the bottom */
#content > tabbox { -moz-box-direction: reverse; }

You can also move the tab bar to your left or right too, just in case you want to really try something different.

Learn to Write a Batch File with Firefox

Batch Files with FirefoxPardon me if I get a little geeky, but batch files are a great way to get tons of task done via your computer with little or no effort at all. You might have seen them before too – they contain a list of commands or program routines that the computer will execute in sequence. Also another trait they have is they are saved with the .bat extension.

How do you write a batch file? Start notepad, and type in this:

@echo off
start firefox.exe

Then go to File then pick Save As… and save this as FirefoxTip.bat to your desktop. To test, double click the icon it created for you on the desktop. If successful, Firefox should open up. If you did something wrong, you’ll probably either get an error message or nothing will happen. Also as a side note brought up by Mirzas:

Location of firefox.exe must be inside the PATH environment variable for it to work from a batch file.

Now that is rather boring, isn’t it? You could start Firefox like this from a shortcut for Pete’s sake. Well remember the Launch Tabs from Run Box and More Command Line Firefox Tips? Try plugging some of those in after the firefox.exe statement in your own batch file to launch Firefox the way you want.

For another example, start notepad back up and type in this:

@echo off
start firefox.exe webhostingshow.com firefoxfacts.com mitchelaneous.com

Then go to File then pick Save As… and save this as MitchBlogs.bat to your desktop. Double click it on your desktop and a new Firefox browser should come up with those three web sites loaded into the tabs.

For more help with batch files, check out this post on WikiHow.com.

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Color Your Tabs Pink with pinkTabs

You macho Firefox men of the Web, are you secure enough to use PinkTabs?

Pink Tabs for Your Browsing

Ok sure, the look and feel of this reminds me of Hello Kitty or something else so sweet and nice that it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I am man enough to admit though, I kind of have started to like the pinkness of it all over time.

My real question is when will somebody copy this idea and make man tabs?

More Command Line Firefox Tips

After yesterday’s post about launching tabs from the run box I thought I would share with you some other command line Firefox tips worth getting familiar with.

Open the Firefox profile manager: firefox -p

Start Firefox with a specific profile: firefox -p “user name”

Open a Specific URL: firefox -url http://www.firefoxfacts.com

Open a URL in a New Window: firefox -new-window http://www.firefoxfacts.com

Open a URL in a New Tab: firefox http://www.firefoxfacts.com

Search Your Default Search Box Search Engine: firefox -search yourtermhere

For more that you can try I would suggest checking out the command line article over at MozillaZine.org or at Mozilla.org. Some still work, and some might not – but these are the best of the ones I found. If you have any suggestions for alternatives you know feel free to drop in a comment here and let us all know about your favorite.

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Launch Tabs from Run Box

In need of a quicker way to launch Firefox with a series of tabs? You can quickly do so in Windows by clicking on the start button, then go to run (or just hit Win+R) and type in:

Firefox from the Run Command

Been playing with this for a while, and have yet to break it. Seems to work flawlessly each and every time. If you jut type in “firefox keyword” then you will get the same effect as just typing a phrase into the address bar.

Bonus: In Window Vista, the same trick works for me from the Vista search box in the start menu too. Whoo hoo for one less step!

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