3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss

Yaara Lancet 27-07-2012

3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss firefox chrome 300The world is divided into two – Firefox users and Chrome users. Well, OK, this might be a wild exaggeration, but Firefox and Chrome are without a doubt the most popular browsers among anyone who’s just a little bit tech savvy, and definitely among MakeUseOf readers How Many Browsers Do You Have Installed On Your Computer [MakeUseOf Poll] The days of having only one browser are mostly over. As the number of available options grow, so does the number of browsers we install and try. It’s time to count! How many browsers are... Read More . For me, the choice between Firefox and Chrome is a ongoing dilemma, and I end up switching my main browser about once or twice a year.


As you’ve probably experienced yourself, when you get used to a browser, no matter the annoyances, there are certain features that really grow on you. Features you feel you cannot do without, and are keeping you from switching to a different browser. For me, after a year of using only Chrome, there were several such features that I sorely missed when I finally went back to Firefox. Luckily, there are some awesome add-ons that make it all possible, by giving Firefox that small yet necessary Chrome flavor.

Private Browsing Windows [No Longer Available]

Is there anything more annoying than Firefox’s private browsing mode? I will never understand why the smart Mozilla developers, who I’m absolutely a fan of, decided to make private browsing so clunky and inconvenient to use. While in Chrome you can hit Ctrl+Shift+N to open a new incognito window alongside your regular session, in Firefox a private browsing session takes over your regular session. When you start a private session, your regular windows and tabs disappear, and you’re left with only the private browsing window. Want to use those other tabs? Say goodbye to your private browsing window. Annoying? To say the least.

To the rescue comes a useful add-on by the name of Private Browsing Windows. This add-on does not give you the full Chrome incognito functionality, but gives you a workaround that is almost like using the real thing.


Private Browsing Windows uses Firefox’s ability to open concurrent windows from different profiles, and uses a “private” profile to open a private browsing session without closing your regular one. When you want to start browsing privately, click the add-on’s icon. The first time you do this, Firefox’s profile selector will pop up, prompting you to choose a profile. If you prefer, you can have this window pop up every time you use the add-on, but you can also create a new profile from this window, and call it “private” (all lower-case).



Once you have a profile named “private”, clicking the Private Browsing Windows icon will automatically open a new window for that profile, in private browsing mode. Yes, it’s a different profile, but it’s almost like Chrome, and much better than the default.

Moveable Firefox Button [No Longer Available]

You may find this amusing, but there’s one thing that really annoys me about the newer versions of Firefox – the huge orange Firefox button way up there on the left side. After using Chrome for quite a while, I got very used to my handy wrench button. I liked its size, I liked its location, I liked everything about it. So before I could commit myself to Firefox again, I had to find a solution to this orange atrocity.



The solution I found is the elegant Moveable Firefox Button. This simple add-on turns the big Firefox button into a much smaller one, bearing only the Firefox icon, and lets you decide where you want to put it. For me, the obvious spot was the far right side of the toolbar, where Chrome’s wrench button is, but you can put it anywhere you’d like. Problem solved!


Multiple Tab Handler

This one handles a feature that for some reason is still missing from Firefox – multiple tab handling. First, let me confess. I have a tab problem. I’m addicted to multiple tabs. No matter what I do, I find myself with dozens of open tabs, which I tend to spread over 2-4 browser windows. Back when I was using Chrome, I could easily handle and move multiple tabs by selecting all of them with the Control button held down, and then dragging them around to a different window. This cannot be done in Firefox.

To fix this, I’ve recently found Multiple Tab Handler. This add-on lets you select multiple tabs, and perform various actions on a group of several tabs. You can set the Control button to toggle selected tabs, and then drag them around to a different window.



If you want, you can also use the add-on on a group of tabs to close, reload, copy, pin/unpin, bookmark and more. I still can’t believe this does not exist in Firefox natively.


I love Firefox and use it regularly because I genuinely prefer it over Chrome. That being said, both browsers are imperfect, and both have some great features going for them. If all else fails and you simply must view a page in Chrome, check out How To Open & Switch Any Webpage From Firefox To Chrome (And Vice Versa) Quickly How To Open & Switch Any Webpage From Firefox To Chrome (And Vice Versa) Quickly With an immediate first glance, the title (or the need) sounds a bit stupid. The simple answer you would say – open Chrome and copy-paste the link of the webpage you have opened in Firefox.... Read More .

What other Chrome features do you miss in Firefox, and how do you solve it? Or maybe there are Firefox features you’re missing in Chrome? Or Opera features you’re missing in both? Tell us all about it!


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  1. Fathuzzaman
    September 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    one biggest thing I miss from firefox in chrome is Downthemall. that extention is really the best and what makes downloading in FF far better than in chrome.

    and the one I miss most in FF from chrome is the ability to open private tab without closing the main ones (and some browser apps, but since the matter of browser engine, I guess it can't be helped).

    fortunately, the issue in FF is here, but for some reason, I cant use windows private browser properly. I clicked the icon on statusbar, but nothing happened. no profile creation wizard or anything. Did I do something wrong?

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Maybe you should try uninstalling and reinstalling the add-on. I can't think of the reason it would do nothing. Maybe the window is opening in the background? Did it do nothing from the first time you clicked on the icon?

      • Furqana Fathuzzaman
        September 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

        yeah, it's as if all this add-on do is just adding an icon to the add-on bar..
        I've tried single-click on it, double-click, right-click, restart browser, restart computer, reinstall the add-on, but to no avail. nothing happened, nothing came out..
        I even created profile manually, named it 'private', but the icon still doesn't do anything

        I'm using palemoon, but I doubt it should be a problem..

        • Yaara Lancet
          September 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          It might actually have to do with the fact you're using palemoon. I can't think of anything else that can cause this. it's working great for me on the latest version of Firefox, and I've had no problems whatsoever.

          Maybe you can contact the developer of the add-on.

  2. Anandu B Ajith
    August 1, 2012 at 10:36 am


  3. vividvilla
    July 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I was an frantic Mozilla firefox user but recently i am moving towards Chrome..I get many apps in chrome than firefox

  4. Jean Champémont
    July 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love Firefox, but sometimes performances issues (memory leaks...) are really annoying...

  5. Cathy Horner
    July 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Used explorer for years but like firefox the best!

  6. Bruce Thomas
    July 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for alerting about the multiple tab handler. It solves a problem i've been having.

  7. Vaibhav Mhatre
    July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm


  8. Cliff Mccullar
    July 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    that last app is really nice. great info

  9. Bryan Price
    July 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Private browsing windows needs a bit more work. I followed the instructions, and instead of hitting Exit, I hit Start Firefox (Nightly, actually, in my circumstances...)

    Started Firefox this morning to find that I'm now STUCK in that personal hell of a private profile with no extensions loaded.

    I take it I should have hit the exit button (probably making sure my default profile was the one highlighted), and then tried it again.

    I went into the profile manager by starting "firefox -p" and setting (I think) the main profile to my default one. We'll see when I restart later.

    So that's one hit.

    None of my extensions/themes are loaded, that's a second hit.

    And none of my customizations (no FF button, no nav bar, status bar...) are there. Third hit.

    It's off my system now.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Sorry you had trouble with it. It worked fine on my computer, but I do see how it can get problematic.

      About the second and third hits you described, did they not load when you ran your default profile?

      • Bryan Price
        July 28, 2012 at 12:26 am

        When my default profile loads, yes. And it does by default now. But with a completely new profile, it's a new profile, so I would have to reload my theme, and the extensions that I would want to keep, and also I would lose access to my stored passwords and bookmarks, and would have to reload those and maintain them. I guess I could just sync them, but sync is already trying to destroy my bookmarks at this point.

        I guess I was surprised since when I finally closed the last window, it was my default profile, so I expected it to be the one to start with the next time. Copying itself at least as a working extension and offering a right click opportunity to go back to the default profile (and possibly bring up the profile manager to SET the starting profile) I think is needed at least as a minimum.

        I'm running Windows 8, but not for long. I'm going back to Windows 7. CP here, and it and the RP both are buggy with Ivy Bridge and above, and this computer is Ivy Bridge, and I'm tired of watching as each open application takes its time in locking up. It can be hours or days before it acts up, requiring a hard reset to get a working computer again. Which is why I won't be upgrading to Windows 8 until I have to, and certainly not until the issue with current motherboards is straightened out.

        Luckily everything I want to keep is on other partitions/drives, so I just need to find the time to be without the computer and boot my flash drive with Win 7, and then spend the hours installing every all over again. At least with Win 8, I only installed the absolute essentials.

        I'm going to install my Firefoxen from scratch and see if I can't get them syncing the way I want them to sync.

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Ah, yes, the new profile window is stripped of everything, but it makes sense for an incognito window to be that way anyway. But I do see the problem if you mean to work on that window for a long period of time.

  10. Francisco Fernández
    July 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Whats firefox? sounds like internet explorer to me...
    Stick to Chrome :)

    • David Phillips
      July 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Chrome no longer does side tabs, so it doesn't suit my work.

    • Reý Aetar
      August 14, 2012 at 3:40 am

      what a joke lolz

  11. Alan Wade
    July 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I too dont like the big orange Firefox button, what I do is right click and choose Customize. Then check the Menubar box.

    No more button!!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I wanted to have the button, just not in that huge ugly form. :) But that's a good suggestion, thanks!

  12. Reý Aetar
    July 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I never needed anything that made me switch from firefox to chrome except sometimes got curious and used chrome but nothing so impressive
    but for those who use chrome and want to give firefox a try
    use these addons
    omnibar and FXChrome
    you wont notice any difference after that

  13. heykevinn
    July 27, 2012 at 6:07 am

    wow this is great. thanks for sharing! I find myself using both the two browsers. I use chrome for my work laptop and firefox on my personal laptop. i guess i got so used to firefox that i didn't bother updating to chrome on my personal one, even though I like chrome a lot better because of it's simplicity and apps!

  14. Kieran Colfer
    July 27, 2012 at 5:39 am

    So how about the other way around? Are there any firefox features/plugins that people would like to see on chrome? Worth looking into for an article, or has it already been done?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Don't think it's been done! Thanks for the suggestion.

      • David Phillips
        July 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        Of course my first suggestion would be to implement Tree Style Tabs on Chrome! But my understanding from tracking the forums is that the developers have even crippled the browser so that third parties are unable to write tab management extensions.

  15. Elaheh Sadegh
    July 27, 2012 at 4:04 am

    why should we do it , making firefox like chrome ?! so if you like the chrome use that , otherwise use this ;)
    I use both of them , depend on website and what I want.for example chrome is the best choice when you are in youtube

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 27, 2012 at 4:30 am

      I like having a main browser which is also the default one, and that's the one I use most of the time. For a long time that was Chrome, until too many things about it annoyed me, and I switched to Firefox. I still use Chrome once in a while, but in everyday work there are features in Firefox I was missing, so I found them!

      Hope that explains my point of view. :)

      • Elaheh Sadegh
        July 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

        I got what you mean,that's what I'm doing exactly at work :) bring the feature we like about chrome into firefox or vice versa ... it depend on what we want from and why we use the browsers.By the way introducing add on is something that I'm always enthusiastic about , maybe because I'm too lazy to find them myself :D

  16. David Phillips
    July 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Check out "Tree Style Tabs" add-on for handling multiple tabs. I think you might like it a lot. After years of using Chrome I had to find a replacement after the developers yanked the side tabs feature which I'd become dependent upon. Turns out the Firefox add-on works even better!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 27, 2012 at 4:29 am

      Thanks David, I believe I've used Tree Style Tabs before. It is excellent, but I just couldn't get used to the vertical side tabs. :)

      • David Phillips
        July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        Here's the thing. Horizontal tabs are an ancient artifact of a design decision make when we all had narrow, small screens. Now consider a book/magazine table of contents or index, a telephone book, or any other list of things, and imagine what it would be like if you had to read that *across* the page. Much slower and much harder to scan for items you want. On modern wide screens the vertical tab makes perfect sense: out of the way until you need it, easy to scan, and not taking up valuable vertical space that you want for page content. The persons responsible for taking vertical tabs out of Chrome had no idea what they were doing.

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

          This makes perfect sense. So much, that I'm going to give Tree Style Tabs another chance. I actually need the vertical space I'm losing to tabs, and don't really need to horizontal space as much.


        • Yaara Lancet
          July 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

          The developer seems to have ceased development on this add-on. I tried installing it but it's not working. :(

          I will still try to find a different add-on that does this.

        • David Phillips
          July 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

          I'm using the add-on Tree Style Tab version 0.14.2012050301 by Piro in Firefox version 13.0.1. See
          I don't know whether it's being actively developed, but I found that it works like a champ. That web page also lists three other vertical tab add-ons.

          Possibly it conflicted with another add-on you have on your browser?

        • dragonmouth
          December 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          "consider a book/magazine table of contents or index, a telephone book.......and imagine what it would be like if you had to read that *across* the page"

          That is because they open right to left or left to right. On books, magazine, albums or manuals that are bound on top, the tabs are arranged horizontally on the bottom. Besides, computer screens have always been wider than they were tall. Now with the new 16:9 screen format the effect is even more pronounced. There is more room for more tabs on top of the screen than there is on the side. The one exception is the portrait-type screen.

  17. ?ÁV? ???
    July 27, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I love Firefox and I only use this.......

    Thanxx 4 sharing

  18. Fakhruddin Ahmad
    July 27, 2012 at 3:11 am

    still, nothing could replace allmangasreader ..

  19. denny Gl
    July 27, 2012 at 3:09 am


  20. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 27, 2012 at 3:03 am

    i love to use firefox also..

  21. ecd4a4d35dce1b96560e85a8ce64f578
    July 27, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I just use Opera. Problem solved. :D

    On a serious note, thanks for sharing I do use Waterfox on occasion when I need a particular addon.

  22. Charles Zwicker
    July 27, 2012 at 2:00 am

    You can download FXChrome to Firefox to make it look more like Chrome, if you prefer the look and feel of Chrome. FXChrome: