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Have you ever opened one too many tabs Too Many Tabs? Firefox Add-ons to manage a TAB JAM Too Many Tabs? Firefox Add-ons to manage a TAB JAM Read More in your Firefox browser before? I’ll be the first to say that I do this all the time. So if you’re anything like me you’re probably tired of having to shuffle through your tabs like a deck of cards trying to find the right one you’re searching for.

Annoyed and overwhelmed by tabs one can say that it would be easier to have some sort of “mediator” between you and your Firefox tabs so that you don’t go mad and close them altogether. How about the addont to preview Firefox tabs as thumbnails. This is where Firefox Showcase steps in, an application I came across which helps you do just that.

Managing your Tabs

This new Firefox tab preview addon compatible with all Firefox versions 1.5-3.2a1 pre allows you to quickly summon a window that shows you your tabs in thumbnail sizes so that you’re able to scroll through the tabs you need. This way you won’t need to second guess on a tab before opening it. You’ll just need to take one look at the tab thumbnail and know exactly which one you need. This saves you both browsing time and hair, as you won’t have to tear it out due to Firefox frustrations.

How it all Works

1. First you’ll need to download Firefox Showcase.

firefox tab preview addon

2. Once you’ve downloaded, installed, and restarted your browser you can click on the tools scroll down menu in your browser window, find add-ons, and select the options button in Firefox Showcase.

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firefox tab thumbnails

3. Now you’re ready to customize the way your tab manager works and views. You can tell the browser that you want the single showcase window to display your tabs in 200 pixel thumbnails or even smaller/larger sizes. You can also choose where you want your showcase window to display and how you’d like it to show you your tabs. These are just a few of the options and features that Firefox Showcase offers.

firefox tab preview with showcase

4. As soon as you’ve configured your new add-on you can find the button in the top right side of your browser window with the arrow pointing down, click on this button and instantly view all of your tabs in thumbnails.

Larger thumbnails:

Quick Overview

Once you’ve installed Firefox Showcase all you have to do is click on the thumbnail of the tab you want, and it’ll open up automatically. You can also right click on thumbnails to perform other tasks such as bookmark a page or send a page as a link.

You’re also able to select multiple thumbnails by left clicking and holding down the Control key [Ctrl]. The scroll ball on your mouse can be used to scroll through thumbnails. Use Control-F in Showcase to use the find bar and quickly search through thumbnails with keywords.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this feature please feel free to comment below! Any other great Firefox tab preview addons? Please share them in comments!

  1. Joel
    February 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you all for your comments and contributions to the article! I hope you can continue to take advantage of Showcase!

  2. Mony
    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

    This add on is vital for people who opens many tabs in a single window at a time.

  3. Vertx
    February 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

    this is VITAL. I consider myself a power user with anywhere from 20-50tabs open at once and had been using control-tab which allows a similar feature: press control+shift+A to display ALL tabs. it also offers key commands such as: control+tab to switch to the next tab, or control+shift+tab to go back a tab. (recommend that for sure). I've also been using speed dial since the day I found it after google chrome was launched as they use the same idea built in and I really liked having it as the homescreen and using the shortcut commands (control+'#').

    to address FireFox Showcase, I consider it VITAL and it's been added to my personal essentials pack found here:,78.0.html

    the best part of this feature is the customizing and the SEARCH bar it opens which will get you straight to the tab you need quickly and easily by eliminating the non-relevant tabs. (you can search for containing letters/words within the tablink names)

  4. Thragor
    February 20, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Actually I prefer Ctrl+Tab Addon much more (also at It's also supported by Tab Mix Plus. The main advantage is that you can "search" for your tabs. I. e. you have a thumbnail view AND you can just type Ctrl+Shift+A (or Ctrl+Q) and go ahead typing e. g. "MakeUseOf" to find this tab. So you won't even need your mouse. And besides this: It looks very nice :-)

  5. William
    February 20, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Although not an addon, BonzoBox ( gives similar convenience:

    BonzoBox is an interactive web tool that allows people to build their own customized "BonzoBox" home page with links to their favorite websites.

    Still in beta but works well. No charge. Yet.

  6. Windows Guy
    February 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I have been using Speeddial addon for last few months. Will try this. Thanks.

  7. Aaron
    February 19, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I don't see the down arrow.

    • Joel
      February 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

      Hello, the small arrow is all the way to the right side of the screen on the tab section... hope this helps! :)

  8. hpbribeiro
    February 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    for me, this and speed dial are really necessary add-ons for firefox

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