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Improvement for tabs switching?

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Would you find the suggested idea below useful?

Suggestion: When multiple tabs are open in a desktop computer and you switch between them using the cursor, it would be handy if you could use a second cursor-click on the same tab, like this: current way: when tab A is open, and you switch to B, you click the B (the first click), and when you switch back to A, you click the A (the second click); suggested way: when tab A is open and you switch to B, you click the B (the first click), and when you switch back to A, you click the B (instead of the A)(the second click). So in the suggested way there's no hopping with the cursor (its movement reduces at least by 50%) and it is fast and intuitive in situations where you only glance the B tab, or both A and B: BAB; BABA; etc, but it can always be used. I'm not aware if there would be obstacles to this whole idea. The above is just an example of two tabs, but this could be applied to as many as are needed.

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Hi,

The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers.

If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

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FredMcD said

Hi, The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers. If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

Thanks for your effort, but I already left feedback to developers. I'm just reaching out to the community to give this idea so that they can think about it too, and because I see so much potential to this idea as a layman. I'd like to assume that there's so much details of how this could improve many tabs-related problems, and this would be the grand, sweeping idea. :) That's why the community post.

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You can possibly use the Ctrl+Tab feature.

  • Options/Preferences -> General -> Tabs
    Ctrl+Tab cycles through tabs in recently used order

You can also look at this extension.

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cor-el said

You can possibly use the Ctrl+Tab feature.
  • Options/Preferences -> General -> Tabs
    Ctrl+Tab cycles through tabs in recently used order
You can also look at this extension.

Thanks for replying and the link. The Ctrl+Tab feature is great for users who use keyboard. The extension is exactly what I was aiming for: it's great when the tabs exceed the tabs-bar limit, so you don't have to scroll the bar, in addition to the cursor-click, but it doesn't have the speed, and it is an extension, not in-built, and and there's still too much cursor movement. The point I'm trying to make here is that I am giving an idea for a brand new feature. I'm not writing this to get something only for me. The idea came to me this morning when I instinctively clicked the tab the second time.

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I'll be looking into this more, but I'll just add a correction to my reply to cor-el in this post.

The extension that cor-el provided above switches between two tabs, unlike in the idea I posted about in my opening post to this thread.

In case the situation, where there are three or more tabs, is confusing, here's that situation is explained: let's say you have a seven "anchored" tabs. (Anchored means in this context that there's no scrolling activated, so the tabs are fixed in place.) (Not meaning the Firefox feature.) Now with these tabs in the bar, you can move the cursor on any one of them, but you choose the tab D, because it's open, but you could also choose to click at random: for example, in situations where the cursor is closer to a random tab than to an open tab. (The random click increases the number of clicks always by one, but the cursor movement, in this example, and in the situations where the user has internalized the idea's practicality, reduces; reduction of cursor movement is important because of speed; one extra click is not relevant because all clicks are executed always on the same tab, and the click count in the anchored-tabs-examples like this can vary from 2, the starting number in the idea, to infinity.) After you have chosen D, you click the D, and then the previously opened tab, G, and the webpage-content related to it open. You held the cursor on the D while that happened. Next you realize that the G isn't the tab you are looking for. The cursor still on the D, you click the D, and then the B and its page open. (These tab and page were open previously to G-tab. Reminder: G was opened previously to D.) You held the cursor again on the D while that happened. Then you realize you have found the right page, and you had clicked the tab D three times.

edit: "you had clicked the tab D three times," should've been you had clicked the tab D two times.

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