Open Source Software and Linux

Dec 5 2008   2:43PM GMT

Detaching Tabs in Firefox

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The ability to detach tabs in Firefox so that they are in their own window has long been a thorn in my side. Especially when using an application like Clipperz and Firefox is set to open everything in a new tab.

Opening in a new tab is generally my preference since I am researching one subject. With applications like Clippez that provide single sign on to various web sites that I don’t necessarily want grouped together and not being able to detach the tab to a new window is a real pain.

This morning I had had enough of opening up Clipperz, which is my home page, several times just to use the single sign on and keep the tabs separated. I prefer to do this rather than rack my brain trying to figure out which password some sites want. Here lately it seems like they all want something different, 6-16 alphanumeric, 8 with a special character and number, 8 that don’t have anything in them the remotely resembles a dictionary word and so on.

Back to my story. I went on Firefox’s add-ons page and began my search. After several searches using different terms I finally came up with Duplicate Tab 1.0.2. This does exactly what I want and is highly configurable.

With this little jewel you can copy or clone a tab complete with it’s back and forward history. You can merge windows so that all tabs are in one window and detach tabs that make a single window out of a tab.

Have you ever found yourself with different windows and several tabs open and each of them contained one or two tabs of your current research or information gathering? Those days are over! Simply detach the appropriate tabs and then merge them into one window.

The developer for this project has done a fantastic job of giving you the ability to manipulate your tabs in any way you see fit. Go and download it now-you will be glad that you did!


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