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

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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

Comments (9)

  1. Matthew Darling

    Hmm. How does it compare to Tree Style Tab?

  2. Vincent

    Yeah. Tree Style Tab is better. I have been using it for more 2 years.

  3. AsianAngel

    @Vincent – This one is still in the early development stages, but the potential is definitely there already. ^_^

  4. edmenje

    Opera already has this feature built-in, no need for an extension and you CAN put the tabs on the right.
    Though I keep my personal bar on the right with only icons, like it better that way, but you can also put both tabs and personal bar on left or right.
    just FYI

  5. George B-S

    Firefox 4 only!

  6. ricky

    i like it … thx for the heads up

  7. graycat358

    So far so good…….I like it.

  8. pitman

    Tried it a little and I loved but the only thing that needs to be improved is configuring the visual settings, the white text with white background is driving me nuts.

    In the meanwhile I’ll be using Tree Style Tabs as suggested.

  9. Destrie

    Do you have more great artlices like this one?

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