Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Mozilla Firefox 'Aurora'.

My favourite web browser is Mozilla Firefox.  I've used Mozilla or Netscape ever since I stopped using MOSAIC in about 1994.  usually I like Firefox, but every once in a while they do something to really annoy me.

The latest Firefox release, called Aurora, is one of those annoying things.  Yes, they have done some great thing to this release.  But they decided to move the TABS to the top of the window.  This would have been ok, if all the tool bars were just drag and drop, but that was too difficult for them to code.  So for those of us who like our tabs immediately above the page we're viewing, here are two options.

First, if you are not worried about poking around in Firefox config file:
This is copied from

How do I put tabs back on bottom like they used to be?
  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the Search field box at the top, type browser.tabs.onTop.
  3. Double-click the browser.tabs.onTop preference to set its value to false
Why was this Change Made?
The main reason is that it just makes more sense. With tabs underneath, the tab and the controls were grouped together and the page was separate. With tabs on top they are now all grouped together so that each tab has it's own set of controls.
This is however a personal preference and you can change it back and forth as you like.

 Second, if you don't mind something completely different.  You can add a tab panel.  This groups all tabs in a tree, so if you are viewing a page in a tab, anything you open from that tab goes under it in its own group.

So if you are viewing recipes in one tab, and researching donkeys in another tab, all the recipes will be grouped together and all the donkey stuff will be together.  makes it great if you are researching something like geneaology.

Here it is:

And this is what it looks like.  I like it on the right side, but it can go on Right, Left, Top or Bottom.

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