Top 10 Ways Best Ways to Manage Firefox Tabs

The ability to use tabs for web browsing was one of the key reasons why I switched over from Internet Explorer 6 to Firefox all those years ago.   

Now that IE7 has come along and has incorporated tabs in their own browser as well, does it make Firefox any less appealing?  Not with amount of development which has taken place with the tabs function. Here are some prime examples:

1. Color tabs to make them more distinct

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The ‘Chromatabs‘ Firefox extension tints browser tabs with a color specific to the website loaded. This helps you identify tab contents based on a distinct visual cue.  It can pick a random color automatically (based on the site’s hostname), or it can pick a color based on the site’s tab icon.

2. Group tabs automatically

With the ‘Separate Tabs‘ extension, tabs can be grouped automatically by host URL making the arrangement of tabs much more logical.

3. Preview all tabs at once

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Showcase provides a new way to manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar. Includes a find bar that will filter the thumbnails, and the capability to select the thumbnails in the same way you would select files in your system.

4. Preview tabs as you mouse over

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While the ‘Showcase’ extension described above is useful, Tab Scope provides a much more subtle approach to the situation, displaying tab previews only when the mouse is moved over the tab.  Don’t be fooled though, it even allows interaction navigation within that preview itself.

5. Share your tabs to a friend via email

The ‘Send Tab URLs’ extension adds a File menu command to the main browser window; when choosing this command, a new email message is automatically created, containing a list of URLs from all browser tabs in the current window.

6. Enhance your tabbing options with Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus‘ enhances Firefox’s tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows.

7. Save space to view more tabs in a single screen

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This extension adds a new ‘FaviconizeTab’ option to the context menu of the tab.  When it is clicked, The width of the tab becomes small up to the size of favicon.  It returns to the former size when ‘FaviconizeTab’ is clicked again.

8. Count the number of tabs you have open

Tab Counter‘ is a simple extension that counts the number of open tabs per window and displays the count in the toolbar.  Mainly for fun or you need an indication of how much system resources you are clogging up by having that many tabs open at once.

9. Identify unused tabs

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If you have too many tabs open and need help identifying the tabs which you are probably no longer using, the ‘Aging Tabs‘ extension makes unused tabs fade with age.  This highlights potential tabs which may be just adding to clutter.

10. Control Tabs With Your Keyboard

Firefox makes mouse-less browsing a breeze with these simple shortcuts:

  • Ctrl T will open a new tab
  • Ctrl shift T will undo closed tab
  • Ctrl Page Up and Ctrl Page Down will scroll through your tabs
  • Ctrl Number will bring you instantly to a certain tab.  eg. If you hit Ctrl and ?3? you will go to the third tab
  • Ctrl D will bookmark the current tab
  • Ctrl Shift D will bookmark all the tabs in the window

Bonus Tip #1: You can move Firefox browser tabs from one window to another by dragging and dropping it.

Bonus Tip #2: Disable tab scrolling : Although it does make tabs slightly easier to read on occasion, scrolling through tabs is a hassle.  The How-To-Geek blog goes through two useful ways to work around this scrolling feature.

How do you deal with your Firefox tabs?  Tell us in the comments!

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Top 5 Firefox Extensions for Images

Firefox is so flexible that there are currently more than 2000 ways to customize its features! 

Everything from better ways to read news, quicker way of downloading, to better organized bookmarking can be adapted to your needs.

It is also offers up powerful tools for handling images on the web. 

Here are some of the best image related extensions for Firefox.

1. Have Yourself a Better Flickr Experience

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Flickr is perhaps the largest, most popular photo sharing site on the planet.  With this set of tools prepared by LifeHacker.com, you can resize, zoom, comment, find camera info, and perform many other functions in a more efficient manner, improving your overall site experience.

2. Pick Precise Colors with ColorZilla

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With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.  Very handy if you see a certain shade of color that you like or when trying to make sure colors blend properly in a web page.

3. See the Finer Details With Image Zoom

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Want to see the finer details of an image?  Fret no more.  All that is required of you is to hold down the right mouse button and scroll your mouse-wheel up and down to zoom in and out of a picture.  Granted resolution may not be the best when you zoom in, but this is still a handle little tool all the same.

4. Edit Pictures Online with Picnik

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We have touched on other online image editors in the past, but Picnik has got to be the most intuitive, but yet powerful online editor I have used thus far. With the Picnik extension you can grab a screenshot of a page,or any image on the web with a simple click and move it directly to Picnik for editing.  You do however have to join Picnik (Free) to get started, but you definitely will not be disappointed. 

5. Upload files faster to ImageShack or PhotoBucket with Imagebot

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ImageShack and Photobucket have got to be two of the most popular ways of storing images for web pages online.  If you want to put a picture online without cluttering up your own web space, those are the two services you use. 

ImageBot allows lets you upload your images to either service and lets you sort, filter, and make image galleries out of your images in a snap. 

What other image related Firefox extensions do you use?  Tell us in the comments!

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Massive List of Firefox Extensions You DON’T Want to Install

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I’ve had quite a number of posts on this site which talk about the many ways you can improve Firefox with some top notch extensions…

This however, is a list of extensions to AVOID.  Many of them have spyware or adware installed and are maliciously released to the community.  Take a quick look and make sure none of them are installed on your PC.

Having said that, Firefox is still FAR more secure than IE.  Washington Post recently reported that Internet Explorer was unsafe 284 days in 2006.  Not exactly a vote of confidence in Microsoft’s favor.

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See How Easily You Can Roll Your Own Firefox Search Plugin

Open up Firefox and take a look at the top right search box. Wherever you are on the Web, you can enter a search term in the Search bar and receive immediate answers from the search engine you’ve chosen.

Now, since the very beginning of Firefox – Mycroft has been the key repository for Firefox search plugins. Well, now you don’t have to wait any longer for someone to create a plugin for your favourite website…

OpenSearchFox is a great new extension which helps you create your own search plugin in 2 simple step:

  1. Right-click ANY searchbox on ANY page
  2. Click “Add OpenSearch plugin”.

…and that’s it!

Have an interesting search plugin which you rolled? Share it with us in the comments!

5 Firefox Extensions That Make All the Difference in the World

Based on my web stats, if you’re reading this, there’s a 72% chance that you’re already on the Firefox browser – in which case you’re in the perfect position enjoy the browser extensions and tweaks below.

If you’re one of the 24% STILL on Internet Explorer, it’s time to consider a free upgrade :)

link alertLink Alert – What happens when you click on a link? Are you going to open a new window? download a file? read a document? Now you’ll be able to quickly find that out. By simply hovering your mouse over the link, your cursor will change to indicate what will happen next.

tabmixplus Tab Mix Plus – Even with Firefox 2.0’s improved tabs, this extension is still powerful. Aside from enabling you to do just about anything with your tabs, I love that it incorporates a session saver where you can save all your tabs for later use.

downloadthemall

Download Them All – DownThemAll is the ultimate downloads manager. It features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400% and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time.

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