Would you like those “Fav-Icon Sized Pinned Tabs” planned for the future Firefox 4.0 release now? Then you will definitely want to take a look at the App Tabs extension.

App Tabs in Action

You can see how much room three tabs are taking up in the “Tab Bar” and if we want these tabs to reopen the next time we start Firefox then we would have to set them as “Homepages”. They could also be saved to a folder on the “Bookmarks Bar” and reopened manually. But if they only need to be “saved back” for a short time both methods can be kind of inconvenient.

As soon as you install the extension you can start creating fav-icon sized tabs that are pinned to the “Tab Bar”. You can use either your mouse to perform a “click action” (i.e. double click) or access the “Tab Context Menu” and select “App Tab”. Instant satisfaction…

These five App Tabs and the “New Tab Button” are taking up less space than one regular tab in our browser. That is definitely condensed!

And the nice thing about the extension is that any webpages that have been turned into App Tabs will reopen the next time you start your browser. Here you can see our five in the process of loading right after a restart…


There they are…ready to go. As soon as we are done with them all that we have to do is turn them back into regular tabs…no fussing around with homepage settings or bookmarks.


The options are very easy to sort out. All that you need to do is choose the “Tab Mouse-Clicking Style” for creating or removing App Tabs and deselect any of the three other options that you do not meet your needs.

These are the choices available for clicking on your tabs.


If you don’t want to wait until Firefox 4.0 becomes available to start enjoying “Fav-Icon Sized Pinned Tabs”, then you should definitely install this extension. Quick, easy, and very nice…


Download the App Tabs extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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