Firefox users with lots of tab open in the browser often try to find ways to improve the browser's tab management capabilities. The core issue that they face is that part of the open tabs are hidden from view, and that it may take lots of scrolling to get there.
There are built-in options to handle or mitigate the issue. From altering the browsers minimum tab width to displaying more tabs at the same time on the screen over extensions like Tab Mix Plus to display multiple rows of tabs, to Firefox's Panorama feature to group tabs.
Update: Tabby is not compatible with Firefox 57. You can use Search Multi Tabs instead for that.
The Firefox add-on Tabby2 offers another approach. The shortcut driven extension displays a list of open tabs (of the window it is invoked on) on the screen whenever the shortcut is used. The list displays all open tabs at the bottom of the screen utilizing all of the screen estate of the browser.
Only the tabs of the active Firefox window are displayed. A filter at the bottom of the screen can be used to find specific pages quickly. Both the page title and web address are used by the filter.
A left-click on a tab in the list switches automatically to that tab in the browser. Middle-click and right-click on the other hand open a blank new tab in the browser or delete the active tab automatically.
Options are available to change the extension's default access key (from Ctrl+' to another keyboard shortcut), and to define the maximum number of lines that are displayed in the tab list. The default value is set to 25 tab lines.
The options highlight the keyboard shortcuts for creating (Insert) and deleting (Delete) tabs as well. The functions are only available when the tab list is open.
Note: The menu has been modified in recent versions of Tabby2. The initial options have been removed, and replaced by the following two:
You can use shortcuts to delete or switch to tabs now. Press Enter to switch to the current tab, Delete to close the selected tab (or middle-mouse button), or Insert to open a new tab after the selected one.
The tab listing and filtering options are very responsive, and unobtrusive at the same time. The tab listing and filtering happens instantly.
Firefox users can download Tabby2 from the official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository.
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