Pinned Tabs - keep favorite websites open and just a click away
Pinned Tabs allow you to always keep your favorite web apps like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter open and just a click away. Pinned Tabs are small, can't be closed accidentally and open automatically when you start Firefox. This article goes over the features of Pinned Tabs and will show you how use them.
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Why should I use Pinned Tabs?
The internet is now full of websites that we use more like programs than just static pages. Popular sites like Facebook and Gmail are like this – they're used to accomplish tasks (or to avoid accomplishing tasks), they update themselves and notify you when they've changed. Pinned Tabs allow you to pin any website to the left side of the Tab Strip so that it's always available.
How do I make a Pinned Tab?
The easiest way to see how useful Pinned Tabs are is to make one.
- Right-clickControl-click on the tab you want to pin and select from the menu.
Try it out: Try turning one of your favorite websites (email, internet radio, social networks) into a Pinned Tab. They're easy to create and super handy.
How do I remove a Pinned Tab?
Turning a Pinned Tab back into a regular tab is simple.
- Right-clickControl-click on the Pinned Tab and select from the menu.
How are Pinned Tabs different than normal tabs?
- Pinned Tabs are small – only showing the site's icon, not its title – and they live on the left side of the Tab Strip.
- Pinned Tabs don't have a close button so you can't accidentally close them.
- You can still close them by right-clickingControl-clicking on them and selecting from the menu.
- Pinned Tabs notify you with a blue highlight when they change.
- If you have Gmail set as a Pinned Tab, for example, and you are using a different tab when a new email is received, your Gmail tab will glow.
- All of the Pinned Tabs you have set when you close Firefox will open as Pinned Tabs when you start Firefox again.
- Links to other websites open in a new tab so that your Pinned Tab doesn't change.
- Many web apps, like Facebook, already do this but a Pinned Tab will make this happen even when the website isn't set to do it.
Pinned Tabs in Tab Groups
Tab Groups (also known as Panorama) are a great way to organize and group your tabs. In the Tab Groups view, your Pinned Tabs are represented by their site's icon on the right side of each Tab Group.
I'm having problems
- If you're unable to keep your Pinned Tabs after having restarted Firefox, see Troubleshooting Session Restore.