Tag Archives | Tabbed Browsing

Highlight the Active Tab

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We all want more attention to be played to the active tab inside of Firefox, that seems to be one thing that is asked for over and over again. Well, as with many problems you might face, Firefox has more than one solution to be had.

The Hard Way – Editing Your userChrome.css

They have a pretty good write up on how to do this over at Mozilla Links that you should check out if you are interested in doing it this way. I have heard some people having issues with this fix though. It worked fine for me, but just in case let me give you an alternative.

The Easy Way – Install the Aging Tabs Extension

Out of all the coloring and highlighting tab extensions out there, I love Aging Tabs the most. Firefox is open a long time on my PC and over time I want to see some tabs more than others. This extension allows you to customize the color of your active tab and the surrounding tabs as well.

Firefox Link Roundup

Here are a few of the links from other resources that have gotten my attention over the past week.

If you ever notice any others, make sure you send them my way so I can share them with everybody.

There is your best of the best from other places around the Web.

Change Tabs With Number Keys

Now we all knew that you can open a new tab by hitting the Ctrl key plus “T”, but did you know you can change the tab you are looking at by hitting the Ctrl key plus one of the number keys?

For an example, lets say you have four tabs open. If you click Ctrl and “1″ you will go to the first tab. If you hit Ctrl and “2″ you will go to the second tab. As you can guess – this goes on and on till you go all the way to 9.

Now switching tabs back and forth is what I do a lot during the day in my day job (working sales support). Hopefully this newly found tip will be helpful for you as well.

Firefox Tabs vs Firefox Windows

Which one gives you a better performance? Is it better to have multiple tabs open in one window or just have multiple Windows open? The Firefox Guru did all of the scientific work on this one, and has found out the results for us.

Over on Go Firefox!, an interesting question was posted: Which uses less system resources (memory)?

My theory is using tabs would use less resources then having the same sites opened in separate windows. My reasoning is each window has to load the entire browser interface, not just the page content. So, I did a little experiment. First using Firefox 2.0.0.1 with a clean profile (no extensions, no plug-ins and default theme) and imported my bookmarks from another profile.

+ Want to See the Results? Check Out the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog!

Save Your Sessions

Are you enjoying yourself so much in your current browsing setup – open tabs and all – and don’t want to forget about this moment? Well you could take a picture, because we all know they last longer or you could download the Save Session extension for Firefox.

With Save Session, you can choose to save the current session and close Firefox for the next startup. This works best if you USUALLY want to launch Firefox with your default homepages or blank page but SOMETIMES want to start with the previous session.

+ Download and Install the Save Session Extension for Firefox!

Tab Counter

You can place this one under the “kind of useless but might be of some help to somebody” category. The Tab Counter extension does exactly what you would think. It counts your tabs! After you install it, you get a little number on your toolbar to show exactly how many tabs you have open.

The toolbar’s default position is right before the location bar in the navbar, but you can move it to where ever you want by right clicking on the toolbar and choosing customize and then dragging it anywhere you want.

If you are afraid of having thirteen tabs open – because of the bad luck that might be involved, this extension might be the tool you are looking for.

+ Download and Install the Tab Counter Extension for Firefox!

Unhide Hidden Tabs

Power to the people! Here is a tip sent in from Christian on how to edit how your tabs are displayed.

Are you using the latest Firefox 2 and Tab Mix Plus, and getting sick of discovering hidden tabs when you have too many open?

Try this: Display : Tab Bar : When Tabs Don’t Fit : select “multi-row”, and then tell it to use only one row.

This should prevent too many tabs from getting your tabs hidden, and instead go back to simply squashing all your tabs together (like it did with Firefox 1.5 and the old Tab Mix Plus).

Have a tip of your own? Send it in to me, and don’t forget to mention your URL as well. I’ll get it posted here and give you a little free press as well.

Tab Effect

I always like trying things out that promise to change the way I browse, but for some reason or another I could not get Tab Effect to get up and running via my Firefox installation. It looks like the folks over at CyberNet did though.

If you are just the slightest bit familiar with Linux then I am sure that you have heard of XGL. It is what adds all of the realistic 3D effects to the windows that you drag around and the virtual desktops that you switch between. Of course, one of the most popular features is probably the 3D cube for switching between your virtual desktops.

Looks like some kinks may still need to be worked out, but this would be a neat feature to see in a future version of Firefox. Not sure if it helps with productivity, but a little eye candy never hurt anybody.

+ Download and Install the Tab Effect Extension for Firefox!

Search to Tab

Going into the “should have been in there by default” pile of extensions I have grown to enjoy since Firefox 2 came out, we have searchOnTab. This simple and small extension allows you to select that new searches always appear in a new tab via the browser.

It is a pain in the neck to have to open a new tab before I start a new search (if I do not want to have my current tab changed or surfed away from). I just have to believe though that there must be an easier way to do this. Has anybody else been able to find an about:config hack to get it done?

If not – then at least we have this extension to get the job done.

+ Learn More About and Install the searchOnTab Extension for Firefox!

Change or Disable Tab Overflow

It seems like with Firefox’s tab overflow features that were released in Firefox 2, people either love it, hate it or want to change it. Now I have had several E-mails sent to me looking for the best way to get at least two of those done of those done. (Not really sure if I could help you love it.) Luckily for you and me I have found a guide that will help you do just that.

Some folks, including myself do not like the tab overflow feature that was added to Firefox 2. For those of you who are not familiar with this feature when the width (in pixels) of the tabs becomes less than set amount (default is 100 pixels) Firefox will add scroll buttons to each end of the tab bar (see sample here). The purpose of this feature was so that all the tabs open will have a minimum width of 100 pixels. At 100 pixels the tabs are still relatively readable.

+ Learn How to Change or Disable Tab Overflow in Firefox 2!