Firefox Snaporama, Save All Open Tabs

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 28, 2011
Updated • Feb 24, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Mozilla is still trying to integrate the tab groups feature, formerly known as Panorama, more effectively into the web browser. You may remember that Mozilla originally planned to integrate Panorama into Firefox 4, but several issues prevented this from happening. Mozilla up until now has been working on fixes to resolve the existing Tab Groups issues. That does not mean that the developers are not working on enhancements for the Tab Groups feature.

One of the enhancements has been released as a prototype add-on for Firefox. It is called Mozilla Labs: Prospector - Snaporama, a restartless add-on that integrates nicely into the browser.

The add-on adds two buttons to the Firefox status bar. Users who do not work with the start bar can move the buttons to another location of the browser. A click on the camera button opens a menu that lists all bookmarks folders and an option to create a new snapshot.

firefox save tabs snapshot

All you need to do is to select an existing folder for the snapshot, or a new folder. Achtung: Please note that all bookmarks of that folder will be overwritten if you select an existing bookmarks folder. All the add-on does is to add a bookmark for each tab to the selected folder.

The Snapshot Gallery button offers to restore a previously saved set of tabs into a Panorama group. This did not work as advertised on the Firefox 7 Aurora test system here. While it was possible to restore all saved tabs in the browser immediately with a click on the Snapshot Gallery button and the selection of the snapshot, it did not display the group your tabs Panorama menu as shown on the Mozilla Labs website.

Snaporama's feature is not entirely new. Firefox users can use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-D or a right-click on the tabbar and the selection of Bookmark All Tabs to add all open tabs to a specific bookmarks folder. A middle-click on that folder at a later time opens all the tabs at once.

There are also add-ons available to save and load browsing sessions.

The add-on only makes sense in conjunction with the Tab Groups feature.

Firefox users who would like to try the Snaporama add-on can download and install it from the official Mozilla Add-Ons repository.


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  1. Sam Dunham said on July 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

    So let me get this straight… Mozilla turns off the status bar by default in FF4. And THEN decides to put a major new feature in that is best suited to the task bar. I loves me some Firefox, but sometimes they make me smh.

  2. Paul(us) said on July 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Well it got surlily main attention but only because i know that your German. I thought personally that a was a slip of the pen. A sort of lost in translation.
    Maybe something like: Take extra care with the fact that all the …..

  3. Paul(us) said on July 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hoi Martin, Why are you writhing in German “Achtung:” in stead off watch out?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      I thought it catches the attention more than writing Attention or Watch Out. Don’t you think?

  4. will said on July 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    avant browser has owned this function that save all open tabes since 2 years ago .

  5. B. Moore said on July 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

    “The add-on only makes sense in conjunction with the Tab Groups feature.”

    It does?

    Not for me, its pointless just like tab groups.

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