Opera was the first web browser to offer its users multiple tabs, so that we could have multiple web pages open within one browser window. Well, I think it was the first — it was certainly the first one I found. I loved that feature.
The latest browser to add tabs is Internet Explorer 7, which has implemented tab functions similar to those of Opera, and only a small portion of the functionality that Firefox has.
In IE7, if you hover over a link or bookmark and click your mouse’s scroll button, the new link will open in a new tab. That’s the same thing that happens in Opera. It also happens in Firefox, but Firefox can do more, too.
Firefox will let you store bookmarks in the Firefox bookmarks folders and even have multiple levels of sub-folders within those folders. If you click on a Firefox bookmarks folder by using the center mouse button (most scroll wheels act as a button also), Firefox will open all the bookmarks that are in the folder.
Every once in a while I center-click on the wrong folder — the easiest thing to do, then, is to close Firefox. Remember that comment about folders within folders? Think what happens when you tell Firefox to open a couple hundred web pages in tabs, all at the same time…
So, I create folders for my Firefox bookmarks toolbar, and then subfolders within them, to create groupings of web site bookmarks that I can easily find. Often, they are also groups of web site bookmarks that I want to open together.
Another feature of tabs in Firefox is the ability to use multiple pages as my homepage.
Firefox will also let you select multiple pages as your Homepage — and all of them open in tabs when you start Firefox. It sounds neat and it is. At first, I thought it was a nice feature, but I grew impatient at waiting for all the pages to open, so now I only have one web page as my Home page.
Set your “Homepage” to multiple tabs with multiple different web pages displayed. Just open up the tabs you want to see, in the order you want to see them (Firefox lets you drag the tabs left and right, if you like.
Then, Tools > Options > Main tab. In the Startup section at the top of the Main tab, click on the button that says Use Current Pages. It’s done. Now, when you open Firefox or click on the Home icon in Firefox, it will open all those web pages.
Do you like to visit several news, comics or tech sites each day?
Just put their bookmarks into one
folder on your bookmarks toolbar, or in a folder within one of the folderrs on the toolbar. Then, when you want to open the pages, hover over that folder and click with the mouse’s scroll button.