Readers who are paying attention to the development of the Firefox web browser may have already seen first design mockups of future Firefox versions.
While these mockups can be subject to change (and most likely will) they do demonstrate how the Firefox development team visualizes future versions of the Firefox browser.
One of the features that the mockups revealed was a progress bar for every tab. This can be helpful for users who open several tabs at once as it visualizes the loading progress of each tab individually.
It will also highlight if the loading of tabs is stuck so that you can investigate the matter without having to switch to that tab first to find out more about it.
Since the progress bar is visible for each tab individually, all you need to do is look at the tab bar to find out about it.
The experimental Firefox add-on Tab Progress Bar adds this functionality to the latest releases of the Firefox Internet browser. To be precise to versions 3.5 to 3.6a2pre of the browser.
The blue progress bar appears immediately on top of every tab in Firefox if a website is currently loading in that tab. The bar does not alter the design of the web browser in any form as it is cleverly placed above the names of the websites.
Users who are interested in the tab progress bar add-on can download it from the official Mozilla Firefox website where it is provided as a download.
Update: Mozilla has not integrated the tab loading bar after all. It is not clear why the organization decided against it.
The add-on reviewed here is no longer available. There is however an alternative available which I would like to provide you with. The long standing excellent add-on Tab Mix Plus offers this functionality and many more. Just install and use it instead and you have access to the same feature.
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