Configure tabbed browsing in Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 7, 2007
Updated • May 29, 2013
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Firefox users can configure their tabbed browsing experience by loading the about:config page in the browser that is displaying advanced configuration options. An easier way of changing tab-related settings in Firefox is to use an extension that makes them available in an easier to use interface in Firefox.

The extension Tabbrowser Preferences adds the menu entry Tabbed Browsing (Tabs in new versions of the browser) to the Firefox options. The extension can alter the appearance and behavior in Firefox directly and displays four tabs to do so: Links, User Interface, Features, Display Options and Tab Focus.

Update: The developer has removed the display options tab from the most recent version of the extension. Its options have been moved into the other tabs.

  • Links - Defines how links are handled, ie. if a new tab is opened for internal / external links, how javascript popups are handled and a option to force all left clicks to open in a new tab.
  • User Interface - This one defines how new tabs are handled. You can specify that new tabs opens on a blank page, where the close button should be displayed, and a new minimum width for tabs to display more of them at the same time in the browser window.
  • Display Options - Set values for the minimum width of the tabs, if Firefox should disable the tab bar if only one tab is open. It is also possible to move the tab bar to the bottom of Firefox and disable the close button for tabs that are not in focus.
  • Features - Handles warnings and defines when warnings appear in Firefox.
  • Tab Focus - Defines how tabs are loaded in the browser and if you want them to be focused immediately.

You can use the extra menu in the Firefox options to change the way tabs are handled and displayed in the web browser.  The extension has been updated throughout all the years and is as a consequence still compatible with the most recent version of the Firefox web browser.

The majority of features that it makes available in the Tabbed Browsing menu are also available in Firefox's advanced configuration dialog. The main benefit of using the extension is that it is easier to change features and parameters.


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