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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