Tabs are one of the best things to happen to internet browsing in a long time but there are now ways to make them even more useful.
One of them is the Firefox plugin Firefox Showcase which presents a new way to manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar. Rather than just clicking on your tabs to see what you've got open (particularly fruitless if you've got multiple tabs open and can't read the tab headings anymore) it gives you a way of seeing instantly, what you have open.
The plugin includes a search bar that filters the thumbnails according to topic. So if you've got 5 tabs open on football, search for "football" and it will reveal instantly which tabs relate to that topic. However, probably the most useful aspect is the sidebar - rather than having tabs open, you can have each window open in a small thumbnail down the side of your screen which makes it much easier to see what you've got open. The problem with this is that by displaying every page that you've got open, even as thumbnails, it does tend to vastly increase the load Firefox puts on your RAM so you may experience some instability issues. However to decrease this risk, you can run the plugin in "local" mode which only displays the thumbnails for your current Firefox window as oppose to "global" which displays thumbnails for all those open Firefox windows.
A radically new alternative to relying on tabs that makes it considerably easier to see what you've got open - just keep the amount of tabs you have open to a minimum.
- Search bar now works properly in Firefox 3
- Custom background color also fixed for Firefox 3