Little irritants with Firefox tabs

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    One thing I really don't like is that Firefox doesn't automatically shrink tabs when you
    have opened more than fit in the standard width tab bar. Opera shrinks them automatically.

    Furthermore, unlike with Opera where you can right click and select 'close all tabs' Firefox merely offers 'close other tabs' leaving one tab open. Rather silly and irritating.
    (I have the last tab close button add-on in FF so I can close the last tab).

    Is there a solution to both the above without having to install numerous add-ons ?

    Firefox - No Can Do Shrink Tabs:-

    Tabs Firefox.png

    Opera - Does so automatically:-

    Opera.png
     
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    Firefox will shrink the tabs but eventually you run out of room. Not sure what custom theme you are running but it may affect the way it functions. If you don't want to display a single tab when you close tabs you can go into the tab settings (under browser options) and uncheck "Always show the tab bar".
     
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    OK, the Opera advantage is that it will shrink tabs 'ad infinitum' so to speak i.e.
    I have never had it running out of space.
    Your other suggestion may suit some, but for me it is worse than having the
    last tab close button which at least lets me close the tab.
    I have wondered for a long time why FF doesn't just give one the option to close
    all tabs.
     
  4. vasa1

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    Re. tab width, you could try playing with the values here
    Code:
    @namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);
    .tabbrowser-tab:not([pinned]) {
      max-width: 250px !important;
      min-width: 50px !important;
    }
    in your userChrome.css. The first line isn't needed if it's already there at the top of the file.
    https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=574654
     
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    Re. closing all tabs, assuming I want to shut the browser down even if several tabs are open, I use alt+spacebar, c. But I have a feeling that that may not be what you want?
     
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    Thanks vasa1,

    Will check your #4. #5 not really what I want.

    #4 does the trick with having the tabs shrunk, but it also removes the tab bar when closing other tabs.
    Not to worry, as I said, it's only a little irritant. :cool:
     
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    Probably the only other option there. What did you want it to do when you close the last tab? An empty browser window?
     
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    Ocky, I too would like to know.
     
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    Do you have "always show the tab bar" ticked in the "tab" tab under Edit, Preferences (or Tools, Options)?
     
  11. Ocky

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    I was wanting to do what I have in Lucid (but with the tab shrinking).
    See below.
    When I close the last tab I want the speed dial (rather than an empty tab). Strange thing is
    I haven't been able to do this in FF 8 in Kubuntu. Will have another look when I get to
    booting into Kubuntu 11.10.

    tabs.gif

    Ok, thanks very much xxJackxx and vasa1. :thumb:

    I am using vasa1's >>>

    .tabbrowser-tab:not([pinned]) {
    max-width: 250px !important;
    min-width: 50px !important;
    }

    for Firefox 8 in Kubuntu 11.10. It works well enough. Minor difference between Ubuntu 10.04 is :
    1) Shrinking does not work with FF 3.6x (Lucid)
    2) With FF 8 if I inadvertently close the speed dial tab I get a blank new tab.
    With FF 3.6x in Ubuntu Lucid, speed dial is always shown.

    Here FF 8 in Kubuntu 11.10 with the fix to shrink tabs.

    FF tabs.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011
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