Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools

Danny Stieben 03-09-2012

organize firefox tabsMultiple tabs are a common reality to modern web browsing. It doesn’t take long at all before you have a good number of tabs open, and that’s natural. Heck, even right now as I’m typing this I have 11 tabs open. They’re essentially a fact of online life.


However, despite the great convenience that tabs bring us, it’s not always easy to sift through them, especially when we start reaching 20 tabs or more. For cases like these, it’s best to be able to organize or otherwise manipulate your tabs so that you have the best possible oversight. Firefox’s extensions API is one of the best among browsers, and has been for a very long time. Therefore, there are tons of extensions which can help you organize Firefox tabs with ease.

TooManyTabs [No Longer Available]

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TooManyTabs is a fairly powerful extension which lets you organize your tabs based on tasks or other defined groups. These tasks/groups will appear as additional rows in your browser UI, which makes visual management extremely easy. If you need a tab to stay where it is until you specifically close it — so that it’ll stay there after you close and open your browser again — you can also choose to pin it.

TabGroups [No Longer Available]

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TabGroups Organize Firefox Open Tabs With Tab Groups It's very easy to lose yourself amidst stacks of open tabs. The more tabs you open, the more difficult it is to keep track of them and to move between opened sites. Mozilla has tried... Read More isn’t actually the name of an extension, but rather a feature of Firefox itself. It lets you organize tabs into groups like TooManyTabs, but you won’t see those groups in your browser UI. Instead, it’ll all be hidden behind the Tab Groups button, where you’ll find all the groups which you currently have open. This feature is even more conscious about your browser UI, as all tabs which belong in other groups won’t appear in your tabs bar until you switch to the appropriate group. You can also label groups, which will appear in Firefox’s title bar, which is really cool for quick reference of what group you’re even in.

Duplicate Tab Closer [No Longer Available]

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Duplicate Tab Closer is a small extension which will simply check for any tabs that are duplicates of one another, including empty tabs. While this isn’t usually a browsing issue for me, there are other people who easily lose track of the tabs they actually have open, resulting in multiple tabs which are either empty or contain the same page. With a simple click of a button, this extension, which sits at the bottom right corner Firefox, will go through all your tabs and work its magic, which is great if you suddenly notice a bunch of tabs in your browser.

Session Manager [No Longer Available]

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Session Manager isn’t an extension to help you organize them, but rather to save sessions. A session is what you’re currently in: a window with a specific set of tabs open. With Session Manager, you can choose to save a session and then load it up at any time, even a year from now. Once you do, you’ll have the exact same windows and tabs open as when you saved it. It’s a nice feature when you tend to have the same tabs open or if you have a specific set of tabs open which are important enough to keep for later.


Load Tabs Progressively [No Longer Available]

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Load Tabs Progressively is an extension which can control the amount of tabs that are loading at the same time. If you’re a speed ninja at opening tabs, or if you’re just clicking on all your restored tabs, it can tell some tabs to wait for they start while others are loading. This is a good way to prevent any browser lag or to get started on some tabs earlier before others get their turn. There’s even an option to auto-load restored tabs, so you won’t even have to click on all of them in order to re-initialize them.

Tabs Menu [No Longer Available]

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The tab bar is pretty great for most people, but what if you prefer to switch between tabs from a menu? There’s an extension which also does that, intuitively named “Tabs Menu”. There’s absolutely nothing which comes extra with the extension, so you can use your tab menu without any worries.

Tab Mix Plus [No Longer Available]

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Tab Mix Plus is my favorite pick of them all. This nifty extension helps add a lot of needed features to the tabs themselves. Can you duplicate a tab with a stock configuration of Firefox? No, but with Tab Mix Plus you can! That’s just a tiny example of an extremely long list of possible features, such as progression bars within the tabs themselves, different colors for different tab states, and so much more. It really turns any moderate Firefox user into a power user.


With these 6 extensions (plus one built-in feature), you should be well on your way to mastering tabs the way you prefer it the most. Within all of these extensions are a multitude of different solutions and options, so it’s definitely worth it to try them all (but not all at the same time) to see which ones work best for you. Need more help with managing tabs? Check out other options featured at MakeUseOf!


How do you organize Firefox tabs? Is there an extension for tabs which we didn’t list that you absolutely love? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Kao Vang
    September 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I've used TabsMix Plus for years and still do.

  2. Nico Mouissie
    September 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I've been looking for a comparison on the various options for this, thank you MakeUseOf!

  3. rob wiese
    September 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    You might report on another genre of tab manager.

    I couldn't live without a 'Vertical' or 'Tree Style' tab manager. The biggest personal hurdle I have to using IE or Chrome is their horizontal only approach to tab management.

    I'm often re-tasked, which requires me to research in unrelated areas.
    I normally have between 15-40 tabs open.
    'Tree Style Tab manager' (and other vertical tab managers) allow me to do a google search, then right click-open in new tab, which opens subtabs, naturally organizing my research areas. When I'm done, a single click closes the parent and subtabs at once. Compatible with Session manager.

    • Danny Stieben
      September 19, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Thanks for the tip, Rob! Seems like a very helpful extension!

  4. Nguyen Tran
    September 4, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Tab group was great

  5. josemon maliakal
    September 4, 2012 at 1:51 am

    many times i used to stuck with too many tabs let me try some of these

  6. Sebastian Hadinata
    September 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Nice collection of add-ons.. gonna try TabMixPlus

  7. GrrGrrr
    September 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    TooManyTabs is useful for me, thanks

  8. bobC
    September 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    How many of these six addons can co-exist with each other without causing problems?

    • Danny Stieben
      September 19, 2012 at 2:03 am

      I'm not entirely sure because there are plenty of combinations which may or may not work. Your best bet is to try them out, or use some common sense and see which extensions perform similar tasks.

  9. Aditya Roy
    September 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i could use Session manager

  10. cypherinfo
    September 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hello, the key point on tabs is (when your work on the web is: "I'll do this later") they remember you what left to do, in your list of tasks. So when it happens Firefox closes in a way its add on could not save your session there is the need to add a feature that at regular time interval save all of your open tabs. I happen to work with 64 tabs too! It would be vey painfully to loose all of you visual to do list!
    The right add on to save them all is: Save my Tabs 0.53. So when you set the folder where to save every (for example) 5 minutes your tabs, you'll find n a text file all of the open tabs day by day.
    Thank you.

    • Danny Stieben
      September 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Thank you for the tips!

  11. Usman Mubashir
    September 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm


  12. Zenphic
    September 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    "Load Tabs Progressively", now that's something I could definitely use. Thanks!