Reclaim Vertical UI Space by Moving Your Tabs to the Side in Firefox

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By Akemi Iwaya on February 24th, 2011

Are you looking for a way to move your tabs to the side in Firefox and gain access to more vertical UI space? The Vertical Tabs extension for Firefox lets you accomplish both in a matter of moments.

As soon as you install the extension and restart Firefox the Tab Bar will be automatically converted into a shiny new Vertical Tabs Sidebar. All that you have to do is start enjoying the extra vertical UI space.

Some things to keep in mind when using the extension are:

  • You can easily adjust the width of the sidebar to suit your needs using the mouse (very nice!)
  • The Firefox Menu Button, Panorama Button, and Tab Control controls move to the bottom of the sidebar (see screenshot above)
  • You can group tabs if needed or desired
  • There is no option available to move the sidebar to the right side of the browser at the moment
  • The use of Personas themes (or other themes) may affect how the text for the tabs will look (i.e. a slightly fuzzy shadow effect when not selected as seen in the screenshot above)

Note: Works with Firefox 4.0b7 – 4.0.*

Install the Vertical Tabs Extension [Mozilla Add-ons]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/24/11
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