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FireTitle: Label Firefox window titles and profiles for easy recognition

FireTitle is a free add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to label Firefox browser windows with custom titles. Since it is installed on a per-profile basis, you may also use it to identify different profiles based on the title you specify.

If you are using Firefox you may also use different profiles for different tasks. Not everyone does so but it is highly recommended as it separates data and gives you more flexibility.

You could create profiles for different tasks, work, leisure and social for instance, and install different sets of add-ons in each, and separate the browsing history, cookies and anything else.

This means that social sites may not get hold of any shopping related data, and that work and leisure tasks don't mix at all.

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One issue that you may run into is that there is no option to distinguish profiles on first glance. This may be a problem if you run multiple copies of Firefox each with custom profiles for instance, or if you need a visual reminder of the profile that is in use currently.

FireTitle has been designed for that, and to make it easier to distinguish between different Firefox windows (even if you use just one profile).

The add-on requires a restart before you can start using it. It does not add any controls to the user interface, so head to about:addons and click on the options link next to FireTitle to open the configuration window.

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The configuration menu lists naming options for the current window and new windows. If you just want to name the profile, use the same title for both.

All you need to do is enter a descriptive name under window name and default name, and you are done.

You may however use title patterns to change names dynamically. FireTitle ships with a set of variables that you can make use of. The default "ntm" for instance adds the window name (n), document title (t), and document modifier (m) automatically.

You can remove one or all to see the effect immediately in the preview area. Other variables that Firetitle supports are:

  1. g = document title
  2. a = age of window
  3. w = when the window was opened
  4. [text] = whatever you enter in the brackets

Simply adjust the custom title and the variables as you see fit, and check the preview each time you make modifications to make sure everything is set up correctly.

Last but not least, you may also change the separator that is used to separate different bits of the title. You can remove it completely, or replace it with another separator.

Closing Words

FireTitle is a handy extension for Mozilla Firefox if you are using different profiles regularly, or want Firefox Windows to display additional information that you may use to distinguish them from each other. (via WinAero)

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  1. PantsHunt42 said on October 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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    “document title (t)”
    “g = document title”

    seems legit :)

  2. Tom Hawack said on October 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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    If using the title space then this add-on is pertinent. I consider the title space as a true waste of space and prefer to have the tab-bar all the way up with the Mini/Max/Close buttons’ trio removed, leading to a full width for the tab-bar and the title bar’s height as gained pixels on the screen height availability. Screens are wider than higher, not the other way around.

    A browser’s space management may become tedious with many add-ons, many buttons, requiring IMO rather a thinking about the toolbars disposition than squeezing buttons and toolbars’ height to a point of making it a pain to access those buttons. With auto-hiding the bookmarks toolbar I manage to have access to ~40 easily spotted buttons and 835 pixels/900 of screen height. In fact the whole native/default Firefox display has to be reconsidered in order to maximize and the accessibility and the space, just like in a flat, a small flat.

  3. Caspy7 said on October 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    If you’re running different profiles why not select separate browser themes which make for much quicker recognition?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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      Caspy, interesting idea. May not always be visible though depending on which program you use for window/program switching. But if you only need an indicator when Firefox is active, then this should work too. Obviously only if you don’t mind running different themes.

      1. stasik said on October 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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        Exists another good way. You can create new copy of BINARY Firefox files. And place your icons for each profile in:
        Firefox\Browser\chrome\icons\default\main-window.ico
        (create folder if not exists)
        And now every detached profile running through these binary files will have special icon.

        There is another problem. Firefox windows will be grouped in one panel item when window quantity higher then limit. On Windows system you can use portable Firefox from PortableApps. Portable Firefox windows won’t be grouped even if you have many opened Firefoxes.

  4. jasray said on October 22, 2016 at 9:35 pm
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    Yes, great tool for work, but I rather doubt I would use it at home.

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