Using Tab Sidebar

This page explains how to perform the common functions with Tab Sidebar. The majority of actions are identical to that of Firefox’s main tab bar so in most cases if you know how to do something there it should work in the Tab Sidebar.

Displaying and Closing Tab Sidebar

In order to display or close the sidebar you should use the menu View > Sidebar > Tab Sidebar. Alternatively you may quickly display and close the sidebar by using the key combination Ctrl+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+E. Tab Sidebar also provides a toolbar button that you can use to display the sidebar. Simply customise your toolbars in the usual way and drag the Tab Sidebar button onto one of your toolbars.

Manoeuvring Around Tabs

When you have so many tabs open that you cannot see them all in the Tab Sidebar you can simply use your mouse wheel to scroll through the list. Alternatively at the top (or left in horizontal views) there are buttons to jump to the first tab, scroll up or view the hidden tabs above. There are matching buttons at the bottom (or right in horizontal views).

Using Previews

Of course one of the big benefits to using Tab Sidebar is the thumbnail previews to every tab you have open. Previews are automatically redrawn whenever the page changes.

Manipulating Tabs

Tab Sidebar provides as many ways of working with tabs as the normal tab bar does. This is a list of the actions available:

Creating new tabs

New tabs can be created in the sidebar in much the same way as in the main tab bar. Simply double clicking in an empty space of the sidebar, even between the tabs, will create a new tab there. Alternatively you can right-click on the sidebar and select New Tab to create a tab at the bottom. It is also possible to drag and drop a website address, or a bookmark onto any blank area of the sidebar, even between tabs, to create a new tab and display that address.

Closing active and background tabs

There are a few options for closing tabs. The quickest way is the same as the main tab bar, just middle-click on a tab in the sidebar to close it. Alternatively you can right-click on the sidebar and select Close Tab. Finally you can also use the close button to close a tab.

The context menu also allows you to close all tabs except one. Just right-click on the tab to remain open and choose Close Other Tabs.

Reloading active and background tabs

Like the main tab bar, Tab Sidebar provides the ability to reload a single tab, or all tabs from the context menu. Simply right-click on the sidebar and select Reload Tab or Reload All Tabs. By default, each tab display contains a reload button so that you can reload a tab with a single click. You can disable this from the display options.

Moving tabs

Like the main tab bar, Tab Sidebar allows you to move tabs around using simple drag and drop actions. Just hold the first mouse button down on a tab and start moving the mouse to initiate the drag. As you move the mouse up and down the tab bar an indicator will appear to show where the tab will move to when you release the mouse button.

Other actions

If you have any other tab-related extensions installed then their options should appear on the tab context menu in the same way as they do for the main tab bar and wherever possible the additional functionality provided will work.