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Quick Tip: Disable Firefox Tab Scrolling

One of the features in Firefox 2.0 that drives me crazy is the tab scrolling buttons when you have a lot of tabs open. I’d prefer to just see all the tabs on the screen, even if they are small.


Disable Without Tab Mix Plus Extension

Type about:config into the Firefox address bar.

Type in browser.tabs.tabMinWidth, or at least type enough that it narrows down to the option you are looking for.

Set the option browser.tabs.tabMinWidth to 0 to completely disable this feature. You could also set it to a smaller value like 50 or 75 if you wanted to.


Disable With Tab Mix Plus Extension

It does not appear to be possible to fully disable this feature when Tab Mix Plus is installed. What you can do, however, is use multiple rows of tabs, which is somewhat useful in itself.

To enable multiple rows of tabs, you can go to Tools \ Tab Mix Plus Options, select the Display tab, and then change the dropdown for “When tabs don’t fit width” to Multi-row. You can also select the max number of rows to display.

Don’t ask me what happened to that screenshot. It looks like it was eroded away… I was going to take a new one, then I figured it might make somebody smile, so I’m leaving it.

Note that if you click on the “Tab” tab above, you can also change the minimum width of the tab to be a little bit smaller. There’s really a zillion options in this extension.

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  • Published 04/9/07

Comments (9)

  1. Conrey

    You can also adjust the minimum tab width in TabMix Plus to solve the same problem. Set it to like 20 or something and will do wonders.

  2. Laszlo Kozma

    You can also use FishEyeTabs to disable scrolling and it zooms the tab that you point with the mouse.

  3. Frank

    Thanks for this helpful tip. The tab scrolling was driving me crazy, too.

  4. What is Firefox?

    I have been using FishEyeTabs for about half an hour and it’s driving me crazy. It moves too fast. I’m certain with a bit of work it can be mad better, but for now I can’t stand it.

  5. nodakram

    Well Done, How-To Geek,

    Love tabs, but often get lost in them and can’t stand the scroll buttons.

    A really great alternative is Tab Catalog Piro does excellent work and this one fits my needs perfectly. You hover over the button and all the tabs appear transparently, click what you are looking for an you’re there.

    His Rewind/Fast Forward is very useful as well.

  6. Dino

    I have a question, is there any way to disable “Tools” button, or “Tools”-“Options”-“Advanced”-“Network”, to prevent users change anything on the network config, i’m using a proxy server

  7. Sheelah

    I installed firefox and I can’t even get you tube any more, I can’t download anything! I can’t find the blocker etc. HELP

  8. MJ

    how do you diable firfox to down load adobe flash player, thank you mj

  9. anonymous

    In latest FireFox 4/5, add to this file:

    C:\Documents and Settings\jcai\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\\chrome\userChrome.css

    .tabbrowser-tab[fadein]:not([pinned]) {
    min-width: 0px !important;
    max-width: 30px !important;

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