Tabbed browsing gets even better in Firefox

In: Mozilla

2 Oct 2004

This is perhaps my favorite bugfix/enhancement since… since they added the deletion of autocomplete results way back in March 2004.

Remember how hard it was to get links clicked in external applications to open in new tab? We tried setting the advanced.system.supportDDEExec preference to false (it worked spottily). We tried the Show Single Window extension which worked for awhile until something broke in Firefox (this time, I didn’t bother to find out which bug this was exactly) and clicked links started opening in new windows. Tabbrowser Extensions worked, but there were times when it caused Firefox to break, and it isn’t officially on u.m.o (update.mozilla.org).

Andy Mason wrote a comment recently to ask me how to get links from external applications to open in a new tab. I recommended Tabbrowser Preferences (TBP) – worked for him. Interestingly, this all happened today, just when the tabbed browsing preferences UI in bug 172962 – Options for where to open URLs from other applications (reuse tab, new tab, new window) that was mentioned in the TBP site went into the daily build. That’s right, there’s now a Tabbed Browsing preferences section in Firefox options as of today’s daily build (2004-10-01) and this is how it looks like:

Screenshot of Firefox's new Tabbed Browsing preferences UI


The first thing I did was uninstall the Single Window Extension to test it by selecting the radio boxes I highlighted in red and then going crazy with external application link-clicking. The verdict: it works beautifully! (Of course, I’m not an anal-retentive QA engineer, so there could be cases where it doesn’t work that I’ve missed – but it seems to hold out pretty well for all my needs so far.) It may not seem like much a deal, but those of us who have been struggling with this will fully appreciate and understand the magnitude of this bugfix. Especially when this is one of the most often asked questions in the MozillaZine forums. I am so glad this is fixed.

25 Responses to Tabbed browsing gets even better in Firefox

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Lumpy: Blog

October 2nd, 2004 at 5pm

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søren olesen

October 2nd, 2004 at 6pm

I’ve been waiting for this feature since v0.3
This is great !

Can’t wait to try it !

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Terpfen

October 2nd, 2004 at 7pm

Great news! I wonder if this will fix a problem I’ve been having. Using Tabbrowser Extensions, you can force every link that would otherwise open a new window to open in a new tab. Well and good, but a site I visit (1999.co.jp/eng/gundam) uses pop-up windows to display images on its product pages. So if I have forced tabs enabled, the pop-up loads in a new tab… but due to the page code that involves resizing the pop-up to fit the dimensions of the image, as well as centering the pop-up, all of Firefox resizes and centers. Well, actually, the resizing and centering code doesn’t work in FF–it just screws up the browser appearance.

Maybe someone could give this a try and see if there’s a Tabbrowser Extensions option I’ve missed, or if this new FF feature fixes the problem of these pop-ups screwing up with forced tabs enabled.

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C:Arvind.sideblog

October 2nd, 2004 at 8pm

TBP is implemented into Firefox
Tabbed browsing gets even better in Firefox…

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rdmsoft.com blog

October 2nd, 2004 at 9pm

Firefox – Extra tabbed browsing settings
I currently use the Tabbrowser Extensions add-on for Firefox. Although I like the detailed control it gives me, it’s just a bit…

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sire

October 2nd, 2004 at 9pm

Terpfen: Disabling Options / WebFeatures / Javascript / Advanced / MoveOrResizeExistingWindows should help.

I’ll stick to TBE until they also allow closing a tab with a double-click. It’s only logical, they can be opened that way, and the middle/wheel buttons are often too unprecise to be used as buttons, triggering double-middle-clicks and whatnot.

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Peter J.

October 2nd, 2004 at 10pm

Note that this is currently for Windows only. There are patches for Linux and Mac attached and waiting for review, so there’s hope they’ll be fixed pre-1.0 as well.

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CS

October 2nd, 2004 at 11pm

Now if we can get the address and search bar to open in new tabs, we’ll be set. :)

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Manuzhai

October 2nd, 2004 at 11pm

That’s *very* cool. I’ve tried several extensions that should get Firefox into SWM, but in the end I switched back to the somewhat-bloated TBE just because other stuff didn’t work anymore.

@ sire: double-click? Don’t you mean middle-click? That’s how I open and close tabs (with TBE, currently).

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Abhi's blog

October 2nd, 2004 at 11pm

Tabbed Browsing in FireFox
Tabbed Browsing gets even better in FireFox: Tabbed browsing preference gets implemented in Mozilla FireFox making browsing even more comfortable. FireFox simply is the best.

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sire

October 3rd, 2004 at 12am

@ Manuzhai: No, I mean double-click. Without any extensions, you open a tab by double-clicking the tab strip, but close by middle-clicking the tab, which is not very intuitive. With TBE’s 1001 options, you can of course set pretty much everything you want.

In Opera, it’s similar, but you can also open a tab by middle-clicking the tab strip. I could live with that, if it weren’t for my mainstream Logitech Pilot mouse that usually either ignores a middle-click with the wheel or falsely triggers a double-middle-click, closing two tabs instead of one.

If Firefox would allow both double-click and middle-click for both operations, everybody should be happy.

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Going Nowhere

October 3rd, 2004 at 4am

A great new reason to use Firefox
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ronno

October 3rd, 2004 at 5am

“Now if we can get the address and search bar to open in new tabs, we’ll be set. :)”

– CS (comment #8)

Just Alt+enter in the address bar or search bar to open it in a new tab.

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October 3rd, 2004 at 5am

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painc

October 3rd, 2004 at 6am

HELL YEAH

I wonder if I should upgrade now or wait until 1.0 final?

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October 3rd, 2004 at 7am

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Q^2

October 3rd, 2004 at 9pm

It does work as it is supposed to. However, I still have Tabbrowser Preferences (TBP) installed so I can utilitze the “open URLs/searches typed in the address/search bar in a new tab in the foreground” function.

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