I stumbled across a great Firefox add-on/extension (whatever they are called these days!) .. it’s called Tree Style Tab. It shows the tabs in a tree down the left or right hand side, incredibly useful when you have loads of tabs open, it really helps to see which tabs are related and how you got to your current tab. A few nice options too, checkout the auto hide option with it’s transparent background and when the panel hides it doesn’t have to hide completely, it can just be smaller! cool.
Tree Style Tab plugin on moxilla
Personally I find it a little annoying when websites resize my Firefox browser window, particularly when the website has a fixed width anyway! .. so I went looking for the option to stop this happening. It’s dead simple, just follow the instructions below and you too will have total control over the size of your browser window:
- Go to Tools > Options (Edit > Preferences for Mac and Linux users)
- Select the Content tab
- Untick “Move or resize existing windows”
- Click OK, then OK again.
That’s all there is to it.
I made a discovery today – I have been using two Firefox windows for a while now (so that, for example, I can have google docs open in one window on one screen, and some websites I’m browsing in another window on my other screen) and today I had a website open in one window that I wanted on the other, and I thought “hey, I wonder if you can just drag a tab from from window to another?” … and you can! You can also hold down the Ctrl key to duplicate the tab instead of moving it… and you can use the same technique to duplicate tabs in the same window. What a handy feature!
One of the great things about Firefox is the ability to add Extensions or Add-ons as they are now called. The most recent Add-on I have installed is QuickRestart to enable me to restart Firefox easily and have all the same web pages load up in the tabs again. This is not something I want to happen every time I start Firefox normally but just when I have a need to restart, perhaps due to a problem.
Foxmarks is probably my favourite Add-on. It sits quietly in the background and synchronizes my bookmarks with a central server so wherever I am I can either access the Foxmarks web site and get access to my bookmarks or, as is more often the case, I will have all my bookmarks available to me on my other PCs wherever I have Firefox and Foxmarks installed.
Here is a complete list of the Add-ons I have installed at the moment:
If you have come to Firefox v3 from v2 or from IE then you may be missing the persistant ‘go’ button or arrow in the address bar. Don’t worry, it has not gone for good, there are a couple of ways to restore it:
- Follow some instructions to edit the userChrome.css file in your current Firefox profie
- If you don’t fancy editing a file the little Firefox Add-on called Show Go! will do it for you