Tab Candy

October 9, 2010

Tabbed browsing surely is a great thing. But it has its drawbacks, the biggest of them perhaps being lost by too many tabs opened in the browser at the same time. There are those websites you regularly visit, those you want to explore further, those with articles that you want to re-read, and then the regular set of tabs containing your e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, RSS reader, etc, And no matter how hard you try to keep them organized, the very nature of web surfing will make you lose focus as soon as you divert into other topics, as it happens so many times.

Enter Firefox Tab Candy, a new tab management feature for Firefox that puts tabs into groups, so you can have them organized by topics. A blog post from Firefox development head Mike Beltzner explains that “this release lets you own and control your personal Web experience … by helping you organize your tabs in order to juggle and prioritize your busy online life. If you juggle many open tabs for work, shopping, music, social sites, vacation planning and more, you can easily group and prioritize those tabs any way you want. With one keystroke you can see an overview of all tabs to quickly locate and switch between tabs or groups of tabs.”

For example, when tabs are organized into a group, you can select that group and you will only see those tabs that belong to that group. The other tabs in other groups stay out of your sight and out of your way. You can also change the sizes of these groups in the overview mode to highlight the ones you want, which is very useful for views of your  calendar or your email, because just by zooming out to Tab Candy you can easily see if there are any updates made to those tabs.

Another new concept that is being introduced along is that of co-browsing,where a user can share a group of tabs with another, which makes it a perfect addition for team-oriented Internet researching and collaboration tasks.

An Introduction to Firefox’s Tab Candy from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

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Tab Candy isn’t currently available as an Add-On, but Mozilla is offering a build of Firefox (Firefox 4 beta) that includes Tab Candy by default.

More info about Firefox 4 Beta here:

If you want to try out the Beta, this is the link:

And this is the link to try the Firefox 4 beta for mobile: