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Tabs previews

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Someone created a similar idea on Connect: https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/more-tab-detail-eg-preview-url/idi-p/154

Sometimes you have a lot of tabs that have the same favicon and sometimes even page titles are the same (or at least start the same) - for example you learn a lot of stuff from a website that puts its long name in the page title first. In this case looking for a right one can be upsetting and confusing.

For such cases it would be nice to have tab previews, much like windows previews in the taskbar, but on actual tabs.

Edit: as it was said in comments, would be great if tab previews also showed full page title with a part of a url and were showing up for other tabs instantly after delaying before first one

edited on Mar 2, 2022 by Dmitrii Frolov
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K. N. 11 months ago

Yes, that would be great - Chrome has something like that, although without the previews, only with the tabs names. I agree with you that the tab names can get really confusing, so previews may be Firefox´s feature!

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bomj 11 months ago

Please bring back the blue bar above the active tab or find alternative for better recognize the active tab

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Dmitrii Frolov 11 months ago

Some themes use image in tabs panel and completely white background on selected tab. Some use colored borders, you are free to choose what you like. Currently the only colored bars above tabs are cookie "multi-account containers". I guess, by removing the blue bar they've reduced confusion in which bar is a container indicator

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lumarel 11 months ago

For me it is kind of the reverse, since the UI change I regularly think that the wrong tab is in focus because of the coloured multi-account container bars.

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SOTHLOUS 7 months ago

Hi Dmitrii, what do you think of my idea.

https://mozilla.crowdicity.com/post/740170

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john 11 months ago

How about having the Tool Tips only DELAY on the 1st hover but then instantly display as you hover over the other tabs? Previews could work in the same way, below the tooltip. We get the full title AND a preview image without extra clicking just a slight initial pause.

Would be nice to configure minimum tab width as well...

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Dmitrii Frolov 11 months ago

1. This

2. there is a browser.tabs.tabMinWidth config key, I've set it to 90

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Rob84 11 months ago

Since the new update it isn't possible to use the searchbar as shown in the attachment when you open a new tab.
The text will be typed in the addressbar, why???

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Dmitrii Frolov 11 months ago

I recall that Firefox had this behavior even before Photon. It can feel strange, but actually it makes little difference, since address bar is performing search by default.

You can turn it off though (but you shouldn't think it's forever) by setting browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.handoffToAwesomebar to false in about:config

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Rob84 11 months ago

Thanks, that was very helpfull. We will see how long it takes

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igorlogius 10 months ago

Well, when you set

browser.ctrlTab.previews in about:config to true

you should have tab previous with you change tabs with CTRL+TAB (foward) or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (backwards)

but i guess having a preview appear on tab hover could be nice, as long as its not to intrusive and disable via about:config or some settings switch.

Have an upvote.

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FairLight 9 months ago

This, please. Firefox had tab thumbnails some time ago, and I used it a lot. Other browsers also have a preview when you hover over each tab.

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芒 星 9 months ago

This idea is great!

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Asa Dotzler 9 months ago

Status label added: Open to the community

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igorlogius 9 months ago

I think this is a duplicate Idean, i've seen at least one other which advocates for tab previews

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Jon Siddoway 7 months ago

Status label added: Mozilla considering

Status label removed: Open to the community

Hey all, 

Here with some exciting news…

Your idea has emerged as a top idea in this category and will now be reviewed by the product team at Mozilla. As soon as we have another update on its status, we’ll let you know right here in the comment section.

Stay tuned =)

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Archit Sasta 5 months ago

Any updates in-regards to this?

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Jon Siddoway 3 months ago

Hey, thanks for your patience! We're working to improve our feedback flow, routing of top ideas to the right internal teams, evaluating, and answering in a timely manner. This idea has been reviewed and I'm updating its status today.

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Jon Siddoway 7 months ago

Status label added: Open to the community

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Jon Siddoway 7 months ago

Status label removed: Open to the community

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🌳 Luuk 6 months ago

Would be nice for some folks, but please make it optional as this eats memory on the browsers that have it and I personally do not need it and do not like it.

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Dmitrii Frolov 5 months ago

Most probably you will be able to turn it off through about:config, like in Chrome, but as for memory - it won't eat THAT much memory, only a bit of CPU to render it in realtime. By the way you can already see similar previews (not realtime though) if you press and hold ctrl+tab.

Having more than 1 tab has much more impact on memory than simple tab previews (imagine 10 tab images vs hundreds of images on each of the tabs). Plus, browsers have multiple processes - this actually eats a lot of RAM, but it's for tabs stability and performance - remember the times when tabs were crashing and the whole browser was freezing? You can reduce the number of processes to reduce memory consumption in preferences, but Firefox won't feel better after that.

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Campbell Kerr 5 months ago

This would be epic! I've tried addons for this but they're all clunky :(

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Carl Scott Zimmerman 4 months ago

A dropdown list/menu of the full titles of all open tabs would suffice for me.

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Dmitrii Frolov 4 months ago

Like this one, on the screenshot? (This one appears if there are too many tabs open. Some time ago it also had close buttons for tabs)

You can also search for Vertical tabs idea and vote for it: https://mozilla.crowdicity.com/post/721353

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Carl Scott Zimmerman 4 months ago

That would work for me. But I didn't realize that it is available now, and I just discovered the down-pointing caret at the far right end of the menubar as the way to get it. So thanks!

I do NOT want a vertical list of tabs all the time, because having the full width of the screen available for multiple windows from different apps is important for my workflow.

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Jon Siddoway 3 months ago

Status label added: Mozilla exploring

Status label removed: Mozilla reviewing

Hey all,

Back with an update...

This idea has now been reviewed here at Mozilla and our team wants to explore it further. In fact, we had previously planned to work on this feature but need to revisit it as there are performance issues concerns. We are going to invest in research before making that final decision, but we invite you to continue the conversation and follow along for announcements.

Thanks!

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