Wednesday, October 25, 2006

New Tab UI

I'm not sure how I feel about the changes to the tab UI in Firefox 2. On one hand, the fact that you no longer have to go all the way to the far side of the window to close a tab is nice. Or, it would be nice if I hadn't trained myself to go to the far side of the window to close a tab. On the other hand, I'm really not sure how I feel about having tabs off screen and having to use the drop down menu or arrow button to move over to where you can see them. In concept, I can see how not having the tabs get really really small when you have a lot would be a good thing, but I'm still having trouble getting used to it.


  1. Personally, I'm used to closing tabs with a middle-click, so I've setup Firefox to get rid of the close buttons on the tabs by going to about:config & setting browser.tabs.closeButton to 2. Setting it to 0 will make it so that there's only a close button on the current tab.
    Prior to Firefox 2, when you had too many tabs you couldn't get to them at all (except probably with keyboard shortcuts).

  2. Let me emphasize Stephen's second point: it used to drive me crazy that I couldn't even get to half the tabs I had open, because there was no way to get to the "off-screen" ones.
    You might wonder why people end up with so many tabs open in the first place. For me, I skim things in my RSS reader and middle-click on anything sufficiently interesting, and I then go through the (sometimes on the order of 100) tabs thus opened.

  3. looks like it might be interesting but prolly not for the 100 tab case. :)

  4. Gents,
    browser.tabs.tabMinWidth is the one you are looking for
    Set it to 40 or something lower...