7 Ways to Manage Multiple Firefox Tabs
An extension is essential to sabotage browser tabs. Tab hoarder?
Do you find tab management time-consuming and stressful? You need to manage tabs in your day to prevent them from getting out of control.
Firefox has smart extensions and built-in features that will take care of tab management if you are a tab hoarder. Let’s look at some ways Firefox can manage multiple tabs.
1. Firefox Startup Homepage: Open Multiple Tabs
Don’t worry if you don’t know which website should be your home page. Firefox can be programmed to open multiple web pages at once by clicking on the Home button, or whenever you launch Firefox.
Navigate to the web pages that you wish to launch. Navigate to Firefox > Preferences and click on the Home panel. To the right of homepage and new windows sections, select Custom URLs in the dropdown menu. Then, click Use Current Pages. The Homepage field will display the links to the tabs currently open. This means you are all set.
Restore tabs from a previous session
Firefox automatically loads the homepage when you reopen your browser. You can also set Firefox to load previously opened tabs. Go to Firefox > Preferences, and then click the General Panel. Select Restore previous session just below Startup.
Sometimes, tabs and windows may be lost due to circumstances such as Firefox update, accidental loss, hangs, or crash. This setting will protect your tabs and prevent you from losing them.
Pin Tabs and Other Options
To pin important websites, right-click on a tab. Other tab options are available in the context menu, including Mute tab, Close tabs to the Left/Right and Send tab the device.
Reopen Closed Tabs
To reopen tabs that have been closed recently, press Shift + Shift+ T (Windows) or Cmd + Shift+ T (Mac). You can also use the mouse to reopen tabs that have been closed, by right-clicking on the tab and selecting Reopen Closed Tab.
You can restore any tabs that were closed recently by going to Application Menu > Histories > Recent Closed Tabs.
Bookmark tabs for later
Sometimes, your computer might have to be shut down for various reasons. You can bookmark all tabs to save them for later. To do this, right click on any tab and select Select All tabs (or use Ctrl + a to select your tabs).
To open the bookmark dialog box, press Ctrl+ Shift +. Enter the name and select the folder (go to Bookmarks Toolsbar to make it easy to find) where bookmarks are stored. Click Save.
2. Firefox Tabs Grouped with Simple Tab Groups
Simple tab groups is an add-on that organizes your tabs. Click the extension icon in the browser’s toolsbar to get started. Click Create a new group. Type in the name of your group and click OK.
You can organize your tabs as you browse. Right-click any tab and choose Move tab.
This will add the tab to the newly created group and hide it from view. You can choose the group you want if there are multiple groups. In my case, there are four groups: Main (Inbox), Research, Action, and Action. Clicking on a group will load all tabs and the window will jump into the foreground.
You can manage groups once you have them. To view the context menu, right-click on any group name. There are options to open the group, sort it, export it to bookmarks or archive it. To rename or modify an icon, select Group Settings. You can even use regular expressions to capture tabs from the same domain.
The Manage groups option opens new tab that displays a quick-dial view of each tab group. Here you can change group settings and move tabs around to other groups.
This extension can be used with the Firefox container already configured. The group tabs will sync to another device using STG bookmarks stored in the toolbar.
3. Firefox Containers: Isolate Your Browsing Activity
Multi-Account containers is an extension that helps you reduce your digital footprint. It uses containers to seperate browsing activities for multiple profiles. You login session, site preferences and tracking data will all be contained in a container. Each container comes with a customized label that is color-coded to help you identify the tab.
Firefox can be used on multiple devices to sync the site assignment and container configuration between them. Containers are useful in many situations. You can log into different accounts on the same website (for example, Gmail) without having to use private windows or any other browsers.
Imagine shopping on Amazon, and you start to see ads for that product. You can freely browse shopping websites without worrying about tracking with containers. This comprehensive guide will show you how to set up and use Firefox container.
4. OneTab: Save memory
While closing tabs can free up memory, it is annoying to have to close and reopen the same page in multiple tabs at once. OneTab allows you to preserve your browsing session while also freeing up RAM.
Clicking the OneTab link will bundle all of your tabs together into one list. You can restore the tabs individually or all at once to access them again. You can also export or import tabs as a list or drag-and drop tabs into the OneTab List to rearrange them.
5. Move Multiple Tabs Into a New Window
You might find it difficult to open multiple links in tabs, but you will soon realize you can group them in one window. The Detach tabs extension lets you move multiple tabs to a single window.
To move the current tab to the right, right-click on the tab and select Detach tab. This will allow you to move all tabs from the exact same source across all windows, as well as tabs from one particular source, to a new tab. This saves time and allows you to focus on the task at hand.
6. Export tabs URLs
Sometimes you may want to keep track of all the links that you find while researching a topic. The Export tabs URLs extension lists all open tabs. It lets you Copy them to your clipboard, or export them as a.TXT file.
Include titles allows you to add the title to the tab, limit export to current windows and ignore pinned tabs. You can also filter tabs with parameters. You can also create a custom format to replace the default included title. This includes any combination of special blocks and characters.
7. Archive web pages from multiple tabs with one click
A backup of the page can be very helpful in the event that the link is lost or corrupted. There are many specialized bookmarking applications that can save links but they may have a yearly fee.
SingleFile allows you to save a web page including images, styles frames, fonts, and more as one HTML file. To save multiple web pages from different tabs, right-click on the extension button and select Save Tabs > All tabs.
You have many options for tweaking. The file name can be customized to match the template. You can also remove any HTML elements or CSS style. To save images without scrolling, check Save deferred or upload the HTML file directly to Google Drive.
Stress-Free Tab Management
We are drowning in browser tabs. You can lose important bits of information, lose focus and, in extreme cases, anxiety if you don’t manage your tabs properly. You can reduce clutter and organize tabs with the built-in tab-related extensions and the ones discussed above.
Please note that extensions can have a different experience depending on which version of Firefox you are using and any compatibility issues. To keep your browsing and tabs synchronized across multiple Firefox devices, check out our guide to Firefox sync.