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How to disable instant tabs scrolling



I did a little bit research on this problem and I was impressed that nobody asked for a solution on this annoying problem or it was just me who was unable to find it.

Basically there is a problem when I have lots of tabs in one window and I need to reach lets say the third tab from the right corner. I press arrow which point to the right 2 times and on the third time like 15 tabs are scrolled instantly which of course very effectively hides the tab that I was looking for. Extremely annoying, useless, stupid and impractical feature.

And who the hell was this clown who thought that this is an amazing idea?

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finitarry 157 solutions 2178 answers

I prefer to have all the tabs crowded together rather than scroll, so I prevented the scrolling from happening at all by putting this code into userChrome.css:

.tabbrowser-tab[fadein]:not([pinned]) { min-width: 16px !important; }

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You can look at these three prefs on the about:config page and change them according to your needs.

  • toolkit.scrollbox.clickToScroll.scrollDelay
  • toolkit.scrollbox.scrollIncrement
  • toolkit.scrollbox.smoothScroll

Type about:config in the location (address) bar to open the about:config page and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the URL of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access the about:config page.

  • Use the Search bar at the top of the about:config page to locate preferences more easily
    • Preferences that have been modified and do not have the default value show as bold (user set)
  • Preferences can be reset to the default via the right-click context menu if they are user set
  • Preferences can be changed via the right-click context menu: Modify (String or Integer) or Toggle (Boolean) or by double-clicking the line with the pref

(the toolkit.scrollbox.verticalScrollDistance pref controls the behavior of scrolling the browser window and looks misplaced here)

Question owner

Thank you both for response!

cor-el, unfortunately those commands have no effect on this problem whats so ever.

Modified by annoyingscrolling

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If you click the scroll buttons twice is a quick row then they act as a page up and page down, so you need to wait a bit longer between clicking if you only want to move a few tabs.

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Yeah, I kinda realized that. The point is that I don't have time to wait almost a whole second between every single click. When you have like 50 tabs opened and you need to quickly maneuver between them then it's a pain in an ass. When I click 10 times very quickly I expect to slide 10 tabs - not to go to the very end of those 50 tabs.

I just want to turn off or even better - to completely dismiss this page up/page down nonsense.

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If you keep the scroll button pressed then auto-repeat will move more then one tab, so you only need to release the mouse button in time.

GCRaistlin 0 solutions 1 answers

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So is there no way to disable this stupid feature?

DJGM1974 0 solutions 1 answers

The userChrome.css hack doesn't work. Tabs still scroll with this hack.