Firefox getting customizable tab bar

According to Mozilla Links (via Lifehacker) the latest nightly build of Firefox has a customizable tab bar. This new function, which was previously only available through third-party add-ons and CSS tweaks, allows a user to take full control over the way Firefox looks and feels. Buttons in the tab bar can be removed, added, and moved around.

If someone wanted, they could maximize web site viewing space by moving everything, tabs and all, onto a single row of chrome. There are still some kinks to be worked out (read quote below), but the implementation of this new feature goes to show you how serious Mozilla is about giving users what they want.

"Right now there is no way to set a minimum size for the location or search bars and they are just compressed as you open more tabs, becoming unusable when working with more than 7 tabs (in a 1280px wide screen)."

You can grab the latest nightly builds of Firefox from Mozilla's FTP server.

Firefox Custom Tab Bar

Image taken from Mozilla Links.

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still, it could be better. I'm waiting for someone to implement favorites bar mixed with tab bar via pinning, just like Windows 7 "superbar" works. that would clean up space and make most used tabs (which are usually favorites) in fixed place, so you don't even need to think and seek for such tabs, just click it by habit where it should be.

Surely there's a limit to how far browsers can develop, in terms of the systems we have now (i.e. mainstream Winodws 7 or previous, OS X or Linux.

At this stage, I'm happy with the TwentyTen theme for FF - I can have the add ons I want, tabs are arranged how I want, I have some navigation buttons. Job done.

The same can be said for the other browsers.

I just wish Mozilla (my current favorite browser is Firefox) focused on performance instead of looks this time. I agree we need things like this as default, but the performance when starting it up is slow compared to all others, and the performance when browsing is getting behind...

Hopefully they can fixed that by using per-process tabs and extensions.

ajua said,
I just wish Mozilla (my current favorite browser is Firefox) focused on performance instead of looks this time.
3.7 has a lot of performance related work, similar to 3.6.

Edited by Kirkburn, Apr 30 2010, 12:01am :

ajua said,
I just wish Mozilla (my current favorite browser is Firefox) focused on performance instead of looks this time. I agree we need things like this as default, but the performance when starting it up is slow compared to all others, and the performance when browsing is getting behind...

Hopefully they can fixed that by using per-process tabs and extensions.

Compared to Chrome,
Youtube flash video takes less CPU power on FF3.7
HTML5 games take less CPU power on FF3.7
Spinning Logo Demo is much much faster on FF3.7 (up to52 times)

FF3.7 is much faster than FF3.6 in webpage rendering
FF3.7 scrolls more smoothly than 3.6 did.
FF3.7 starts up much faster than FF3.6

Thanks, bye.

Edited by Udedenkz, Apr 30 2010, 3:06pm :

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Lookin more like Opera everyday.

which I like, whe you think about it actually all mayor changes on web browsers have a lot from Opera, like tabs, unibox search, customizable box searches, speed dial, bookmarks sync yet so many people is always ready yo trash it everytime they hear about Opera

Meconio said,

which I like, whe you think about it actually all mayor changes on web browsers have a lot from Opera, like tabs, unibox search, customizable box searches, speed dial, bookmarks sync yet so many people is always ready yo trash it everytime they hear about Opera

Why do opera fans keep on preaching the myth that opera was the first with tabbed browsing? They were not!

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Lookin more like Opera everyday.
Exactly what I was thinking. What's next? Opera Link? Opera Turbo? Oh, the side panels, particularly the NOTES panel, I think that will be next.

Hmm... not exactly opera-like. You can customize every UI element in Opera, not just the tab bar.

Edited by ArKeYa, Apr 30 2010, 2:32am :

k7of9 said,

Why do opera fans keep on preaching the myth that opera was the first with tabbed browsing? They were not!


I do inquire from you to read what I wrote... I never used the word invented or created or were the first to use, what I do meant is that they rather make those really functional or just running more smoothly like the mouse gestures, at the end its a matter of personal choice, I personally use Chrome and Opera and whenever I miss the blue screen I just run IE.

Edited by Meconio, Apr 30 2010, 3:37am :

I just hope apart from all the current mockups, they'll finally put the tab bar up into the title bar with the next build of Firefox. Exactly like in Chrome. That would look much better and that huge unused space disappeared.

Thrasko said,
I just hope apart from all the current mockups, they'll finally put the tab bar up into the title bar with the next build of Firefox. Exactly like in Chrome. That would look much better and that huge unused space disappeared.

You can in this build.

superstrikertwo said,

You can in this build.


He said the title bar. The tabs on top feature does not and will not go into the title bar as Mozilla has stated they won't be adding that terrible feature. Thank GOD!

xiphi said,

He said the title bar. The tabs on top feature does not and will not go into the title bar as Mozilla has stated they won't be adding that terrible feature. Thank GOD!

Well they are still getting rid of the title bar.

Thrasko said,
I just hope apart from all the current mockups, they'll finally put the tab bar up into the title bar with the next build of Firefox. Exactly like in Chrome. That would look much better and that huge unused space disappeared.

I HATE how Chrome looks. I much prefer the way FF is right now.

xiphi said,

He said the title bar. The tabs on top feature does not and will not go into the title bar as Mozilla has stated they won't be adding that terrible feature. Thank GOD!

I personally like Chrome's Interface, specifically the tabs in the titlebar. I prefer Firefox though for its add-ins and the lack of any privacy issues. I'll pass on Google's OCP/BuyN'Large-esque "We want to be involved in every part of your life" business model.

Panda X said,
It's sad Mozilla has fallen so behind. Their dev cycle is the slowest dev cycle other than IE's.
Safari doesn't seem to be going that fast. But why is this "behind"?

Panda X said,
It's sad Mozilla has fallen so behind. Their dev cycle is the slowest dev cycle other than IE's.

And how does that determine is fallen behind. I dont think it would matter if a dev cycle is slowest but the outcome is great

Panda X said,
It's sad Mozilla has fallen so behind. Their dev cycle is the slowest dev cycle other than IE's.

Your sadly mistaken if you think Mozilla fallen behind, and as for the Dev cycle Mozilla is not even the slowest. talk about the slowest look how slow the safari dev cycle follow by ie.

Panda X said,
It's sad Mozilla has fallen so behind. Their dev cycle is the slowest dev cycle other than IE's.

we fixed one bug!
1. update the version number.
2. release.
3. Profit.