Firefox.next tab bar becomes customizable

The latest nightly releases of Firefox.next come with customizable tab bars, which means you can drag buttons off (like the new tab and list all tabs buttons) and into the tab bar to make it suit your needs.

This can be used to reduce all Firefox toolbars to a single one as shown in the screen shot. 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).

On Windows, you can also notice the slightly updated tabs style: more separated and rounded and  more contrast for the active tab.

Important changes are still to come for tabs including nice animations when adding, closing and moving tabs, and Aero Glass for all toolbars on Windows Vista and 7.


12 Comments

  1. leandro April 29, 2010 8:29 am 

    Finally!
    can’t wait for tab animations… its so cool on chrome! eheh

    • Joe June 3, 2010 1:59 pm 

      Liquid Tabs animates them try it out

  2. Joshua April 29, 2010 1:23 pm 

    I think what would be great is seeing only the tab bar. Then when you click on the active tab the address bar would appear over the tab bar until it loses focus (click on the page). That would allow you to maximize the amount of tabs you can fit while still having easy access to the address bar.

  3. Kevin April 29, 2010 8:12 pm 

    If only they also implemented optional tree style tabs like Opera. Then an omnibar would work very well.

    • Joshua May 12, 2010 12:37 am 

      Just use one of the various extensions, I do.

  4. Kuro Neko May 2, 2010 11:57 am 

    I preffer the Google Chrome Style, Tabs over title bar.

    This new GUI of FX is an abomination. where is the other designs?

    • Rob May 4, 2010 8:42 pm 

      Have you ever heard about night builds?

    • Joshua May 12, 2010 12:35 am 

      Tabs over the title bar is stupid. Also this isn’t what the default layout will be, it’s simply showing a new ability to customize.

  5. hobo May 12, 2010 1:34 pm 

    I just hate that toolbar background. Even XP toolbars fit better in the Glass Frame. And I think tabs should be over title bar, because the toolbar buttons work for the tabs (If you change a tab, then the back and forward buttons change their function according to the pages visited in the praticular tab). So in my opinion tabs under toolbars is against logic.

    It would be nice if the [right-click > customize toolbars] would have a interface to change the order of the toolbars (move a whole toolbar up or down).

  6. James July 2, 2010 4:05 pm 

    Is there any way to do this on Firefox 3.6 with an addon or something?

  7. shuman July 14, 2010 2:33 pm 

    Mozilla 4 tabs problem at windows 7. showing multiple tabs in task bar. how to stop it.

    • bobbyman July 19, 2010 7:28 am 

      Type in the address about:config

      Then search for preview

      If I’m correct then change browser.taskbar.previews.enable to false and problem solved.

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