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A Better Tabbed Browsing Experience

Friday, July 27th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

I like to use Firefox as my main Web browser, but sometimes the tabbed browsing confuses me a little bit. Is there anything you can tell me that will help me get the most out of tabbed browsing? I just feel like I’m missing out on something. Please help!

Sure, that’s no problem! Yes, the tabbed browsing feature that first came out in Firefox several years ago is very tempting. It’s one of the main reasons why a lot of people switched over to Firefox right from the get go. Now, of course, Internet Explorer 7 has its own version of tabbed browsing, but even though we may think so, it hasn’t really taken anything away from Firefox.

In fact, the Firefox Web browser has created a whole slew of new extensions to help everyone out with their tabbed browsing process. So, if you’re like the person who asked today’s question and you’re a little lost when using the tabbed browsing feature, don’t worry too much about it. Yes, it can be a little confusing at first, but once you practice with it and get more used to it, you’ll be tabbing like a pro. Plus, like I said before, there are a lot of extras packed into the tabbed browsing in Firefox and that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about today. So, if you’re ready for an easier tabbed browsing experience, you’re definitely going to want to read on!

Here are nine extensions you can download for a better tabbed browsing experience:

1.) Chromatabs – This Firefox extension adds color to your tabs, which makes it a lot easier for you to tell them apart from one another. Each Web site you visit will have a new color and you can then identify a certain Web site with its specific tab color. It will either choose a random color for each Web site or it will pick a color based on the site’s own tab icon. To colorize your tabs, click here and download the Chromatabs extension for yourself.

2.) Separate Tabs – With this extension, you can group your different tabs together, according to the host URL. This makes the arrangement of your tabs much more logical and easy to understand. With that being done, you can then navigate through your tabs with a lot more ease. You can download this extension for yourself right from this link.

3.) Showcase – This extension gives you an easier way to manage all of your Firefox tabs by showing them as thumbnails in either a single window, tab or sidebar. That way, you can view all your tabs at the same exact time. This one also comes with a search bar you can use to filter out the thumbnails and find the site you’re looking for much faster. It also allows you to select the thumbnails in the same way you would go through other files on your computer. It’s very convenient. To try Showcase, you can download it right from here.

4.) Tab Scope – This one takes the Showcase extension (discussed above) even one step further. With Tab Scope, your tab previews will only be shown when you roll over them with your mouse. This makes everything just a little more simple. Plus, once you mouse over a tab, you can start to navigate through the preview even before the tab is fully open. Very nice! You can download it here.

5.) Send Tab URLs – This Firefox extension adds a File menu to the main browser’s window. When you go to use the File menu command, a new e-mail message will be created, which will include a list of URLs from all the browser tabs open in the current window. This one’s very helpful, as I’m sure you can already see. If you’re interested, you can download it right from this link.

6.) Tab Mix Plus – Tab Mix Plus enhances all of your Firefox tab browsing capabilities. For example, with it, you can duplicate your tabs, control the tab focus, there are tab clicking options, you can undo closed tabs and so on. Along with all of that, it also includes a session manager with a crash recovery feature that allows you to save and restore combinations of tabs and windows. How cool is that?! You can download Tab Mix Plus for yourself right here.

7.) Faviconize Tab – If downloaded, this extension is added to the context menu of your tabs. When you click on it, the width of the tab becomes smaller, almost to the size of a favicon. It can then be returned to a normal size when it is clicked again. To download this one, just click here.

8.) Tab Counter – Want to count the number of tabs you have open? Then Tab Counter is perfect for you! With it, you can count the number of tabs you have open per window and the final tally will be displayed in the toolbar. This one is good if you’re curious about how much of your system resources you’re using or if you just want to count them for fun! You can download Tab Counter here.

9.) Aging Tabs – If you have trouble keeping track of all the tabs you have open, you may want to give this extension a try. When you’re browsing the Internet, you probably have some tabs open that you’re no longer using and if you’d just close them out, you can open up some more space. Well, the Aging Tabs extension actually adds some “age” to your tabs if they’ve been open for a long period of time. It will just highlight them for you and you can then go through and close them out if you don’t need them anymore. If you’re interested in this one, you can download it right from this link.

Well, there you have it. Nine tabbed browsing extensions that will make your life so much easier. Check them all out or maybe even just download a couple of them. Either way you go, your tabbed browsing experience just got a whole lot better. Don’t you agree? Check them out today, my Firefox loving friends!

~ Erin

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