10 Best Firefox Extensions to Manage Tabs

By Posted 2009 Updated   Guest Posts

Guest Article by Himanshu
Even though Firefox was not the first browser that supported tabs, no other browser can even come close to Firefox when we talk about the tab management. There are innumerable extensions for your Firefox tabs, but extensions below can really help you save your time managing tabs. Here are my picks…

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Fox TabBrowse in 3D
If you are a fan of Apple’s Cover Flow then you’ll love this extension. With 5 layouts, you can flip between tabs and manage your tabs in 3D. It’ll definitely add 5 stars to your tab experience in Firefox.

Colorful TabsMix Colors
As the name suggests this extension will color your tab titles in different colors. This may help you distinguish between the tabs and group them as you want. This should not be confused with new IE 8’s color coded tabs, but still it can be very useful extension.

Firefox ShowcaseSearch and manage your tabs
This is a must-install Firefox extension that I’d suggest. This Firefox extension will show you opened tabs and windows as a thumbnail preview in a single window. Not just that, you can also search for tabs and group their thumbnails as you like.

Tab RenamizerRename your tabs
Tabs in Firefox always have title as page’s title. You may have opened up some websites that you wouldn’t like everyone to see if it has some obscure title. Just use Tab Renamizer extension and rename the title of the tab to some other website’s title like Google, Yahoo etc.

New Tab HomepageChoose your home
Are you Google-holic? New Tab homepage can be very useful extension if you have to Google around your queries every now and then. You can set the preferences so that whenever you open a new tab a default website (Google etc) will open.

Duplicate TabClone your tabs
Ok now consider this. You are chatting on Gmail on one Tab and on other you want to check your mail. Duplicate tab will clone your tab so that you don’t have to open a tab again for checking mail. It’ll retain the history of the tab too.

BasicsAdd new tab Button like IE
Not everyone knows the easy shortcut CTRL + T to open a new Tab. You can always customize your toolbar and add new tab button there but you’ll really find it very easy to open a tab with Basics extension.

Tab PopupSee tabs thumbnail preview
If you’ve ever used Opera then you must be knowing about thumbnail previewing of Tabs when you hover your mouse pointer on the tab title. Tab popup does the same thing. It’s a very useful extension if one of your tabs is loading and you want to see if it’s done or not.

Close and ForgetDelete tab history
As the name suggest, Close and Forget extension deletes the history of your Tab once you close it. Let say you are checking your mail and want to logout and erase all your history as soon as you close the tab, then you should really install this useful extension.

Too Many TabsExtra rows
This is an excellent extension. With Too many Tabs you can not only rearrange and group your tabs by dragging and dropping but also you can set apart idle and inactive tabs in a separate row and free your memory. You can also color or pin your tabs for future use.

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10 comments on “10 Best Firefox Extensions to Manage Tabs

  1. Bill Masson says:

    The mind boggles as to how many addons and extensions that FF has embraced. I am at the point of trashing FF because it is getting so bloated and slow.They really need to address the browser speed issue before they just weld on anything that comes along. Is there any tutorials on how to speed up FF without getting to technical?

    Thanks for read

  2. venkat says:

    That’s nice collection of Firefox add-ons, I recommend Bill Mason to use fasterfox add-on for Firefox to increasing speed,and also add /prefecth:1 to the target of Firefox shortcut to increase load speed.Let’s hope Firefox upcoming versions will be more stable and speedier.

  3. jzigbe says:

    I use Tree Style Tab, Tab Mix Plus and ColorfulTabs.

  4. shelly says:

    what about the New Tab King master: http://www.newtabking.com?

  5. Bob says:

    First thing I did when I got FF was download colorful tabs. I have to say I love that little add on

  6. ezdant says:

    great list of FF extensions, i always stucked up with tabs in Firefox and definitely will try out some recommended add-on!

  7. Mark says:

    I am sure you forgot “Search Tab”
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10164

    Its AWESOME!!!

  8. Pratik Poddar says:

    As Mark pointed out above, Search Tab https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10164 is really awesome. You must really include this in your list.

  9. corporate training program says:

    Thank you for this post, I haven’t even heard about some of these tools but knowing them will make my life easier now when I know how useful they are.

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