Queue Links in Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 14, 2011
Updated • Mar 11, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

How do you handle links that you encounter while reading a document in Firefox? I usually open links in new tabs, and continue reading the article I'm currently reading so that I can look at the contents they offer once I'm done with the article.

Sometimes though I avoid this, read the article to the end and look at links that are of interest afterwards.

And at other times, I need to look at the linked contents right away if they provide additional information that is required to understand the article in question.

All options have disadvantages.

Opening links straight away opens a new tab in the browser which adds to the browser's memory usage and may even focus that tab depending on how you open it.

Opening links afterwards forces you to scroll through the article again. It  may mean that you have to open multiple links in tabs or jump back and forth between newly opened links and the original document.

Page Queue offers a simple alternative that some Firefox users may prefer. It can be used to add links to a page queue. The advantage here is that the links are saved but not opened directly. The queue works on a first in first out basis.

You can add links from an article that you are reading to the queue to open them later in the Firefox web browser. This is done with a right-click on a link and the selection of PagesQueue > Add link to queue.

Queued links are saved over sessions, and links from the queue are opened automatically in new tabs when the option to open a queued link is selected from the right-click menu.

The extension lacks features that would improve it significantly. There is currently no way to display the list of queued pages. An option to display the list (for instance to open a page further down the queue or to remove pages from it) is missing. Keyboard shortcuts or a button to open a queued page would be useful as well.

Another issue is that queued links are not displayed with their page titles but simply as "open queued page" which means that you never know what is opened when you invoke the function.

Firefox users can download the Page Queue extension from the official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository.

Update: Page Queue is not compatible with the most recent version of Firefox. A comparable extension is not available right now for Firefox. I suggest you either use bookmarks or open links of interest directly in Firefox instead.

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  1. rick said on December 15, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Ummm…you might want to take a look at the xpi file. The addon seems to have a bunch of other “services” including Harness (uses a modified weaver) . I haven’t examined the code that follows, but isn’t Weaver a feature in FF that uploads data so that you can sync between devices?

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I do know that a simple “add to queue” addon doesn’t need everything that gets installed here.

  2. ParisMan said on December 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I thought, let me give it a try and measure a bit what it’s worth and here are my findings.

    It’s beta release i know; so there is a lot to improve…
    From Mozilla addon’s page it shows that no reboot required and i thought sweet !!

    Before proceeding any further i checked my browser cpu/memory usage with Process Explorer.
    I then installed it, closed the download tab to remain with only one tab.
    From the active tab i right clicked and added a link.

    Below the figures.

    423024k 494172K 2 tabs before installation

    426636k 498620k 1 tab (after closing downloading tab)

    479780k 551320k + 1 link (Ghacks Google+ Page)

    Tuttek ?

    Not escaping the extra memory load from multiple tabs, it seems.

    I will love to see other figures.

    Thanks for the review.

    1. ParisMan said on December 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm


      As stated earlier, it indeed do not require a reboot after installation.
      Also, the added link will disappear from the queue after opening it.

      I guess those are + points…
      However, a list of the database will greatly appreciated, that, coupled with other features will help make it a must for a lot of Firefox users i believe.

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