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Tabbed browsing is one of the most(if not the most) important features of modern browsers, and when the browser is Firefox you can expect some extra customizations. Here is a complete (I tried to make it) guide to a better tabbed browsing experience:


Tab Related Shortcuts:

Open a new tab Ctrl + T
Close current tab Ctrl + W
Cycle through open tabs Ctrl + Tab (right), Shift + Ctrl + Tab (left)
Switch to a tab Ctrl + [1-9] ,where 1-9 is the number of the tab
Middle Click on link Opens in new tab
Middle Click on open tab Closes the tab
Ctrl + Click on a link Opens in new tab
Open Closed Tab Ctrl + Shift + T

Tabs Related Preferences

Type about:config in the address/location bar to access the following preferences.

  • browser. link. open_external :
    • Modifies where to open external link sent by other applications like IM client, AV etc, Values: 3: open link in new tab in current window, 2: Open link in new window, 1: Open link in current tab
  • browser. tabs. autoHide:
    • Behavior for the tab bar when only one tab exists
      True (default): Hide the tab bar
      False: Always show the tab bar
      Can also be changed via – Tools > Options > Tabs
  • browser. tabs.closeButtons:
    • This preference controls how close buttons can be displayed on tabs.
      0: Display a close button on the active tab only
      1: (default) Display a close button on each tab
      2: Don’t display any close buttons
      3: Display a single close button at the end of the tab bar
  • browser. tabs. loadInBackground
    • Determine whether new tabs get the focus or open in background
      True (default): Do not focus new tabs opened from links (load in background)
      False: Opposite of above
      This can also be changed via "Tools → Options → Tabs → When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately"
  • browser.tabs.tabClipWidth
    • Determines the min width of any background tab on which FF will show a close button, in other words if the width of tab is less than this value and the tab is a background tab, close button will not be shown on that particular tab. Browser.tabs.closeButtons has a effect on this.

      Value: Any positive integer value
  • browser.tabs.tabMinWidth, browser.tabs.tabMaxWidth
    • Controls the minimum and maximum widths of the tabs
      Value: Any positive integer value

Useful Tab Addons

Colorful Tabs : Colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish while beautifying the overall appearance of the interface

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Colorful tabs

Tab Scope : Allows you to preview and navigate tab contents through a popup.

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Tab Scope

Undo Closed Tabs Button : This extension allows you to undo closed tabs via a toolbar and/or tab bar button or the right-click context menu.

Tab Sidebar : Displays previews of your tabs in your sidebar.

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Tab Sidebar

You can view other tab related addons here


  • You can drag and drop tabs on the tab bar to re-arrange them the way you want.
  • If you happen to find text like varunkashyap.wordpress.com which is not clickable but you want to open it, simple select the text and then drag and drop it onto the tab bar!

If I missed something or you have a favorite addon that I didn’t mention do let me know in the comments. Would You ?



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song birdSome time back I wrote about songbird. The Mozilla media player. I also briefly mentioned the ability to add extensions just like Firefox. Well as it turns out I have been addicted to the player and have already compiled a list of my favorite extensions for Songbird.


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1. AlbumApplet

The album applet allows you to browse your songs library by means of album art. Its similar to the Cover Flow animation of iTunes and iPod Touch fame. Don’t have album art for all of your albums? No problems the extension will get it for you and then save the requried information along with your media!
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2. MinimizeToTray

Minimizes Songbird into the system tray. It also displays a notification when a new song is played. Like it very very much. Its a port of the MinimizeToTray extension for Firefox and Thunder bird. Linux users can try the FireTray extension.
Get It!

3. Attack of the Clones

This extension adds another media flow to songbird that displays duplicate files in your media library, that way you can find them and remove them to reclaim some disk space. You can also click the “Kill the Clones!” button to indiscriminately delete the duplicates.
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4. GhostBusters

Actually a follow up of the above extension that displays broken or non existent tracks in your library. Again a good one for media management.
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5. Now Playing List

This addon adds a now playing list that gives you the ability to add songs to the queue. A good one for those with large libraries and those who hate to make playlists like me!
Get It!

6. YouPlayer

This is an addon for those of you who like to watch videos on video websites like YouTube. The extension opens up a nice window where you can watch and download videos from the web. You can drag a link to a browser window or right-click it and open in a new tab. You can add/drag other links, thus the playlist will work as a bookmarker.
Get It!

7. Metrics Media Page

It allows you to visualize your library. You can see your collection in living colour. Graph different properties on pie and bar charts to discover the anatomy of your collection. See how long a playlist is, or how much disk space it takes up. Look at how your music collection has developed over time.Get It!

8. Background

This will allow you to change songbird’s background with an image or a color and make other changes to UI elements. Looks very cool. You can use any image to style up your bird!
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9. BirdTitle

This extension allows you to change Songbird’s window title to whatever you want, such as the current song being played, make track information scroll on your taskbar and act as a track change notifier.
Get It!

10. Flickr Extension

This addon displays a slideshow of pictures related to the media you are playing. Nice if you don’t have anything else to do while listening songs!
Get It!

What are your favorite songbird extension? or feathers? What features would you like to see?


Related: Firefox Custom Branding

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