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FoxyTab is a highly customizable tab manager extension for Firefox

There is no shortage of tab managers for Firefox but FoxyTab is one that goes all out for customization. It’s a very user-friendly extensions that adds nifty little options that you may find handy to improve your workflow in one way or another.

Tip: check out our Firefox Tab Mastery guide for getting the most out of the browser.

FoxyTab is a highly customizable tab manager extension for Firefox

Once installed, the add-on’s icon is placed on the toolbar and will immediately display a badge; it represents the number of tabs that are currently open in the browser. You can optionally disable this or change the badge/text color from the extension’s options. Clicking on the add-on’s icon will only let you access the options or recount the tabs.

The real interface of FoxyTab is in the tab bar. Or to be more precise, right-click on the tab bar and you will see a new context menu called FoxyTab.

FoxyTab extension for Firefox

These are the options that are available in the context menu.

  • Duplicate Tab
  • Close Duplicate Tabs
  • Close Tabs to the Left
  • Merge all Windows
  • Close Other Windows
  • Save Tab as PDF (Not on macOS or pre-Firefox 56)
  • Create Desktop shortcut
  • Copy
  • Bookmark
  • Host
  • Sort
  • Reload

Most of these are self-explanatory so we’ll focus on the ones which are special. The Copy option lets you copy the tab title, URL, or tab title and URL. You can also use it to copy all URLs from open tabs or all the Titles, or both.

There are even options to copy URLs and Titles from the tabs to the right or the left of the current tab so that every possible use case should be covered by these options (except for selecting individual tabs).

These options save you a ton of time and can be used to save an entire session to a text document (very handy if you are a OneTab user). In addition to those, you can also use the Copy IP option to find out the IP address of a website really quickly. You can define your own parameters for the Custom Copy menu using these placeholders: {ip} {title} {url} {date} {time} n t

Note: You’ll need to refresh a tab if you loaded it with the undo closed tab option to find the IP.

The Bookmark option lets you save tabs to the Left/Right of the current tab. This can be a great way to save a ton of pages with a single-click of the mouse and it complements Firefox “bookmark all” option nicely.

The Host menu is for closing all the tabs, other than the one that is in view, or the one that you right-clicked upon to access FoxyTab. Sort Tabs is one that I found to be a rather niche option. If you want to sort the list of tabs in ascending or descending order of the URL or Title, well you can do that. I did like the move options which can be used to move tabs to the left or right in a new window. It also works with private windows without hitches.

The Reload menu has 3 settings: reload all tabs, or just the ones to the left or right, and reload tab every few minutes (can be customized). That could save the F5 key, for e.g. when you are waiting for the end of an auction on eBay or the time an item becomes available online.

You can disable or enable any of the context menu items from the add-ons preferences to create a cleaner menu that focuses on the options that you need.

Speaking of which, You can import and export the add-ons preferences. I recommend using this one to backup your settings in case you want to refresh Firefox or use different installations or profiles.

The Hidden options

FoxyTab has a few extra settings that you can choose to enable such as a Clock, Date or Month. You can customize these, and even use multiple clocks with different time zones if you want to. Firefox Multi-Account Container add-on users can configure FoxyTab to open domains in specific containers.

Closing Words

FoxyTab is a helper extension for Firefox that may improve productivity by extending Firefox’s tab-based capabilities. Whether it is an option for you depends on your Internet usage and how you use the Firefox web browser.

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