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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!

Restore Your Tabs

Since the release of Firefox 2, I have not used the session restore that is built into Firefox that much. In fact, I had nearly forgotten about it till I read this post over at Kyle’s Cove talking about how to get it setup.

There are some new features in Firefox 2.0 that haven’t received much mention yet. One of these is the new session restore feature. In the past, people have used Google Browser Sync or Tab Mix Plus to restore their Firefox tabs. Now, Firefox 2.0 allows you to do this without an extension (which I always find to be a good thing, as to many extensions can slow down your browser). Here is how to do it.

+ Learn More About Firefox 2’s Session Restore Feature!

Close the Current Tab

Want to close the current tab in Firefox 2? Well here is a simple – yet easy way to get that done. All you need to do is hit the keyboard combination of Ctrl+W. That will close the current tab you are viewing and allow you to quickly get out of there.

Now this might be handy if you have folks looking over you shoulder, or if you boss quickly comes in the room and you don’t want them to see you are listening to the Web Hosting Show podcast.

Tab Previews

I am secure enough in my own manhood to say that I like pretty things. When it comes to something I have to look at for many hours of my day, I want it to look nice as well. The Ctrl Tab Preview extension for Firefox makes scrolling through tabs a better looking experience.

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Scrollbar For Your Tabs

I like the idea of having so many tabs open they start to stack up. While I am writing here, I always have multiple things going on at the same time. Now when it comes to switching between twenty or so tabs, you start to find using the default methods of navigating through them aggravating. If you find yourself in this type of pickle, then you need the Tab Overflow Scrollbar extension.

+ Learn More About the Tab Overflow Extension!

Drag Links to Tab Bar

Need another way to open your links? Sure you could left click on them or right click on them via your mouse. You can even middle click on them to open them in a new tab. Did you know though that you can left click on them – hold down the mouse button and release it on the tab bar? This will open the new link up there as well. Give it a shot next time you need to open up a link.

A Deep Look at Colored Tabs

The Mozilla Labs Blog has a nice in-depth look at the world of coloring your tabs. Yeah, something that sounds about as interesting as watching your laundry get hot in your dryer is actually interesting.

Today we are featuring a Firefox extension that Justin Dolske just whipped up called Chromatabs. It colorizes each browser tab to provide a strong visual indication of which site is loaded.

Hey, Mozilla Labs guys and gals, give me more of this type of content. Nice all around.

+ Learn More About Leveraging Human Perception for Happier Tabbing!