Tab Sets is a browser organization tool that allows users to group your tabs together by content category — a group of tabs for work, a group for casual reading, a group to signify a to-do list. Tab Sets is included in the latest Nightly Build of Firefox, which are new versions of the browser made for testing purposes only. For more details on the soon-to-come feature, check out the instructional video at the bottom of the original post.
You already know that I have a problem with browser tabs. They pretty much take over my life. Although I can try to organize my tabs by moving them horizontally along the browser bar, I still have to pan left and right to see them all. All of my tab mismanagement problems would go right out the window with this upcoming Firefox feature called Tab Candy. Built by a creative at Mozilla, Tab Candy is still in the early alpha stages of birth, but it looks quite promising to an all-day browser like me.Tab Candy works because you can group your tabs together by content. Let's say you're searching for geeky party supplies. You've found a few items that you want to check out for later at various URLs, but you have to get back to work, and don't want to close the tab or add yet another bookmark to your already too-long list. Now, you'd have to leave your tabs open all day, but with Tab Candy, you could launch the feature with a little button on your browser, get a wide view of all your open tabs, then group them together by category (like in the image here) — say work, geeky party supplies, time wasters, etc. — without populating your entire browser bar. Want more details on how Tab Candy works? Check it out in action after the break.
Mozilla has just released the first beta version of Firefox 4 for users to download and test. It comes with lots of new features that are predominately for Windows users now, but Mac and Linux fans aren't far behind and will see all of the changes for themselves soon. Firefox is one of the top browsers used today (while Firefox 3 is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most downloaded browser in 24 hours), so if you're a Firefox fan, get ready for another refresh!
What can you expect to see in the new Firefox 4 beta? Find out after the jump.
You can change the order of the tabs simply by clicking on one and dragging it across the others. Look for a blue icon that shows which two tabs the chosen window will be moved between. You can use this to move a tab into its own window, too. Click and drag the tab off of the browser window or to the far side of your screen and the selected tab will now display in its own window. Conversely, if you find yourself working in too many windows, you can drag tabs from other open browser windows onto an existing window to create a new tab. Good news for you Chrome and Safari users — this tip will work for you as well!
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There are a few tech-sins I'll cop to: not shutting down my computer as often as I should, yanking the headphones out of my iPhone to stop the music instead of just pushing the stop button, and, of course, leaving a ton of windows open in my browser. I'm not sure what I have against closing the individual windows, but for some reason typing "command + t" is so much easier than clicking on the "x" to close each tab. Any other "lazy" browsers out there? The ironic thing about not closing these windows is that I get cranky when I have to scroll right or left to find a tab I'm looking for.
(The photo above is an actual shot from my computer, which currently has 15 open tabs. It's a slow day.)
I use Chrome on a regular basis on my home computer (although it is still a little buggy), but I find it an easy transition to make from Firefox (the browser I use most at work). But what about you — are you using Google Chrome? What do you like or dislike about it?
Policies on recreationally surfing the web vary from workplace to workplace, but the truth is that (almost) all of us do it. But that doesn’t mean we want everyone around us to see exactly how much time we’re spending browsing, say, the PopSugar Network, does it? A new Firefox add-on called Decreased Productivity could be the solution. The program adds a small button to the bottom of your browser screen that when clicked turns your flashy, graphics-filled web page (below left) into a bland, imageless page filled with black and blue text (below right).This add-on could be useful, especially if you work in an office that imposes unfair, strict Internet rules. On the other hand, if you feel the need to hide what you’re looking at, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it anyway. What do you think?
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