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Multiple Ways to Send a Link to Another Window

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Got an e-mail in from a Firefox Facts reader named TommyD.  He wanted to know if I knew of any simple ways to send a link or page to a second Firefox window.  To show you what a good sport I am I’ll give you three ways of getting that done.

With just a new context menu added to your Firefox browser you can open any links in an existing window with the over obviously named OpenInWindow extension.  When you right-click the link you can pick which of your open Windows to send it over to.  This is handy if you have a lot of open windows and wish to pass links between them.

Now you can also do this another way, with no need for an extension or addon.  Just drag the tab for the site you wish to move over to the new window.  In doing so – you will be not just moving the page over, you will be sending a copy of that page to the other Firefox window you have open. 

Last, but not least – you can right click any link, and by default Firefox has a "Open in New Window" option there for you to give this page you open it’s very own Window to work in.  There you have it, three fixes for one simple problem. 

Copy Your URLs in Every Open Tab

Copy All URLsIf you are looking for an extension to copy all the URLs in the open tabs you have in Firefox, there is only one choice you have. Copy All URLs does the job and it does it well.

After installing – all you need to do is right click on any web site, then pick  Copy All URLs from the menu.  From there you can copy all the URLs for the open tabs, or paste them.  Simple enough, right?

After copying the URLs into any text area or document of your choice they will come out as URL, then title, URL, then title, URL.. well you get the idea.  This extension could come in really handy if you were wanting to send somebody a list of links or wanted a good way to start a super list on your own blog of some of your favorite web sites.

Be sure to pick it up over at the Mozilla Addons site, and let me know if you find any other copy and pasting tools you enjoy.

Download Manager Tweak

Download ManagerFirefox’s download manager by default is a little light in the loafers. It is nice to look at. It gets the job done. It could do a better job though. If you want a few extra features on the download manager too give Download Manager Tweak.

This extension changes its appearance and allows it to be opened in a separate window, a new tab, or the sidebar. Now after hearing that, even the doubters would have to say they’d like to see those details in with the current download managing services Firefox provides.

Tab Cloning in Firefox

Duplicate TabCloning is not a thing of just science fiction stories, it is happening right here – right now.

Ok, so maybe I haven’t had a full cup of coffee yet, but all will make sense soon. Often I wish there was an easy way to copy a tab over without having to do a dance with my mouse to make it so in Firefox.

The Duplicate Tab extension takes care of that problem for me. Duplicate Tab allows you to clone a tab along with its history. You can learn more about this extension at the official site for it – or just take your browser to the Mozilla Addons web site where you can download it and use it right now.

Auto-Expanding Tabs

Don’t you hate it when you have so many tabs open you can’t see what exactly is open? Well with the FishEyeTab extension for Firefox, you can kiss those days goodbye. This extension auto-expands your tabs when you hover over one with your mouse.

FishEyeTabs

An alternative to scrolling when there are many open tabs, and they become too small to see. User can zoom tab labels by moving the mouse cursor over them. Fisheye zoom is activated only when tabs occupy the whole width of the window. Close button moved to right FF 1.0 – style.

This cool animation makes it quick and easy to see which tab is which. You also don’t sacrifice much tab toolbar space either.

Drag Tabs Between Windows

planet_mir-4.jpgHey, here is a cool new tip I just found out about. Say you have two Firefox Windows open with both having multiple tabs. You can drag a tab from one Firefox browser window to the next. Here is a better description of the cool tab tip from the source:

Users who have tabs open in multiple Firefox windows can drag and drop tabs across separate browser windows. Using this technique you can consolidate all of your tabs into a single window. Keeping all of your tabs will make Firefox (and the rest of your system slower) but also let you make the most of a the “restore session” feature.

Thanks to Lifehacker and Be Lazier for the information.

ThumbStrips – New Way to Tab

ThumbStripsEver think of your browsing as a movie? Instead of getting big explosions are awesome fight sequences, you get pictures of web sites as your staring roll. Ok, nobody said your browsing would ever make an exciting movie.

ThumbStrips is an extension that lets you view your history in the form of a filmstrip of screenshots. You can save and share filmstrips on innovation.intuit.com as well.

This is a really neat and new way to look at your browsing habits. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think.

Get a Menu Option for Tabs

Tabs MenuWant to navigate your tabs via a menu selection in the top menu bar in Firefox?

Usually folks are trying to figure out ways to make their menu bar shorter and not longer. I guess in this circumstance though adding the option to your toolbar might be increasing Firefox’s usability to some. The extention to help you get this job done is called Tabs Menu.

Adds a Tabs menu to the main menu that lets you easily change between tabs. Adds a Tabs menu to the main menu bar that lists all tabs in the current window. You can see the full titles for each tab and you can see more tabs in this vertical menu than in the standard horizontal tab bar.

Tabs Menu might not an extension on everybody’s top ten list – but I think it is well worth checking out.

Tab Scope – Mini Tab Browsing

Tab ScopeI like the idea of being able to preview my tabs without clicking on them – but for the power hungry user, sometimes they need more.

The Firefox extension Tab Scope promises to deliver in this department. Here are some of the features:

  • Real-time preview of tab contents
  • Navigate (Back/Forward/Reload/Stop) through popup
  • Scroll pages or frames in preview with mouse wheel
  • Click links or buttons directly in preview

It gives you simple navigation tools to make your way around that preview image. Think of it as a browser inside the browser.

+ Download and Install the Tab Scope Extension for Firefox!