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Assign custom names to Firefox windows for easier access

All windows of the Firefox web browser follow the same naming pattern. They always start with the name of the open tab followed by the name of the channel used. That's not a problem if you work with a single window at all times, but if you use two, three or even more Firefox windows at the same time, you may find it difficult to select the right window at times.

While some operating systems may provide you with additional information, a thumbnail image of the open tab, it is not the case for all, and the thumbnails that are displayed may not be that distinguishable either.

FireTitle is a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox that improves this considerable. It adds options to Firefox to assign custom titles to windows that appear when you switch between open windows of the browser.

On Windows, you see the name when you click on the window stack in the taskbar or when you use Alt-Tab to flip through open windows.

Custom Firefox window titles

custom firefox window titles

You have several options to assign new titles to windows. You can use the shortcut Ctrl-; to bring up the configuration window that allows you to change the name of the current window and make modifications to default window naming rules.

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Just add to the title of the window by adding a word or phrase to the window name field here. It is automatically displayed in the preview field so that you know how it will look like.

The title pattern defines the order of names in the title. Window titles start with the custom name by default, followed by the name of the tab that is currently open, and then by the version of Firefox.

Additional patterns are available:

  • n - window name
  • t - document title (title of active page)
  • g - document title (title of active tab group)
  • m - document modifier (the Firefox channel)
  • a - the age of the window (in minutes, hours or days)
  • w - when the window was opened
  • [text] - custom text

You can remove some of the information from the title. If you do not want the Firefox channel displayed here, just remove the "m" from the title pattern field and you are done.

The lower half of the screen enables you to define default names and patterns for new windows that you open in the future.

You can alternatively open the options menu with a button. It is not displayed by default, here is what you need to do to display it in Firefox:

  1. Tap on the Alt-key to bring up the menu bar.
  2. Select View > Toolbars > Customize from the menu.
  3. Locate the FireTitle icon and drag & drop it to a toolbar in Firefox.

Closing Words

FireTitle is a useful extension for all users of Firefox who work with multiple windows at all times. It is relatively easy to use and helps you access specific windows easier thanks to its custom naming feature. Window titles are remembered across sessions.

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