Saturday, September 10, 2011

Change Firefox tab width

One neat little feature in Chrome is the automatic shrinking of tabs when you open more and more tabs. But Firefox lacks this feature. What it does is create a scrollable tab strip after a certain number of tabs are open, which makes some tabs to go off the screen. This could get really annoying when you have a lot of tabs open. You will have to wait a long time to scroll back and forth through the tab list and sometimes it's annoying not being able to see all the open tabs within the screen.

Tab shrinking in Chrome 

In Firefox, by changing the minimum and maximum tab width you can customize it to behave the way you want. Prior to Firefox 4 this could be easily achieved by changing a couple of parameters in the about:config page. You can change the following two parameters to have any value you like. By setting the minimum value to 0, the tabs can be set to keep on shrinking while more and more tabs are opened.