Feeds

Opera: Firefox tab sets? We've had 'em for years

They have candy. We have trees

Boost IT visibility and business value

Mozilla recently unveiled a fresh Firefox interface designed to better organize open tabs, and as this "Tab Sets" prototype — née Tab Candy — works its way into the Firefox 4 beta, Opera would like you to know that it's been offering something similar for ages.

"There has been a lot of focus on grouping of tabs in browsers lately as a new and wonderful way to manage tabs, but did you know that you have actually been able to group tabs in Opera for many years already?" asks Opera man Haavard Moen in his Blog from Behind the Trenches.

Whereas Firefox Tab Sets lets you sort tabs into groups as if they were playing cards on a table, Opera has long used a "tree" approach to organize open browser windows and the tabs within them. "It might not be obvious that it can be used for this purpose, but the 'Windows' panel in Opera shows all your open windows, and the tabs within each window," Moen writes. "Now, just think: 'Window = group.'"

Opera Window panel

This, however, is disabled by default. To turn it on, hit the "+" on the "panel selector" running down the side of the browser and select "Windows."

As Moen points out, you can collapse and expand groups, and a group is named after the tab within the group that's currently arrive. You can also move tabs between groups via drag and drop, and you can rearrange tabs within each window. You can drag a tab outside of the existing group to create a new one. Plus, there's a search field for quickly locating tabs.

Opera can also save your open windows when you close the browser. To do so, Moen points out, you should use "exit" from the menu, rather than pressing Alt+F4 or clicking the 'X' icon that closes the window.

Firefox Tab Sets — the brainchild of Mozilla user-interface guru Aza Raskin — was unveiled as a prototype in late July, and it's due for arrival in the Firefox 4 beta 4 on Monday. Raskin provides a video demo of the interface here:

Opera-like "tree" grouping is also available for Firefox through an add-on here. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows
Behold the Internet of Things. Wintel Things
Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable
Floats exam program to help IT employers lock up talent
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.