Week in Geek: The Disable Firefox 3.5 Tab Tearing Edition

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By Lowell Heddings on June 28th, 2009

The upcoming Firefox 3.5 release adds a new “Tab Tearing” feature that lets you drag tabs off the bar and into a new window. Very cool, but why didn’t they give you a way to disable the feature if you don’t want it?

Luckily we can still disable it with an add-on. In case you haven’t tried out the new release yet, when you grab a tab and drag it you can create a new window… just like Google Chrome or Safari does.


Once you’ve installed the experimental Firefox extension, you’ll need to open up Add-ons from the Tools menu, and then choose “Disable detach tab” from the extension options page.


The change should be immediate, no more detaching tabs.

Download bug489729 (Disable detach and tear off tab) 1.2 [Mozilla Add-ons]

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Editor’s Weekly Random Note

I ordered a new TV for the first time in a long time, a Panasonic VIERA 42 inch 1080p Plasma from Amazon… I even got it for a great price.

Here’s a bargain price tip: if you want to track a bunch of stuff on Amazon you can just add them all to your cart, use the “Save for later”, and then every time you visit your shopping cart page Amazon will tell you at the top of the screen which prices have changed.


The great thing about a plasma TV is the really superior viewing angles—doesn’t matter where I’m sitting in the room, I can see the picture clearly. Not to mention that 600hz refresh rate makes virtually anything look good.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/28/09
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