Review: Control Tab

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 3.0

One of the features I like with Windows Vista (yes there are some things I like with Vista) is the improved ALT+TAB interface. With Windows Vista not only can you still switch between windows with ALT+TAB but it shows you a preview of the Window. Now, Firefox does have a tab switcher option by default with CTRL+Tab. But all this does is switch between tabs by bringing the next (or previous if you do CTRL+SHIFT+Tab) into focus. There is no preview interface like I grown so accustom to in Windows Vista. That is until the Control Tab extension:

This add-on for Firefox 3 ONLY serverd as prototype for what will be a standard feature in Firefox 3.1 due out late this year or early next year. As you can see from the screenshot above, it is very much like the ALT+TAB interface of Windows Vista. Even better is a redesign in both layout and function of the List All Tabs button. By clicking the button or pressing F4 you get a pop-up grid showing preview all your open tabs.  There is a ‘filter’ function (based on titles and address) in the pop-up as well.

Control Tab works with Firefox 3.0pre-3.1a1pre and is about 14 KB.

News Source: CyberNet News

  1. -=Ben=- says:

    I just created a style to allow you to customize the background of the Ctrl-Tab extension!!
    Found here is the link:

    Allows you to Customize the text and background image of Ctrl-Tab Firefox Extension Features:
    + Background image will be a faded white Firefox logo with shadowing (Fully Customizable)
    + Supports a huge list of Fonts (discussed below)
    + Image supplied in default code is hard-coded – allowing you to view the background, even when offline!
    + Background image is static and is centered on the popup.
    = Optional – Text color of the update details will be larger (must uncomment)
    = Optional – Bold text for easier readability (must un-comment)


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  4. Firefox Blog says:

    Anteprime popup delle schede in stile Vista per Firefox…

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