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Tile Tabs WE 6.5 Compatible with Firefox 57+
Take tabs from a parent window and arrange them in a layout of tiled sub-windows, using the toolbar button, context menu or keyboard shortcuts. Makes it easy to browse, compare or monitor multiple pages. Synchronize scroll. Save and re-open layouts.
About this Add-on
Why Tile Tabs WE is different to the original Tile Tabs
Tile Tabs WE works differently to the original Tile Tabs because of changes that Mozilla is making in Firefox 57.
The original Tile Tabs was developed using technologies that are no longer available in Firefox 57.
Firefox 57 and later versions will only support add-ons that have been built using the new WebExtensions API's (which are the same as the Chrome extension API's).
Using the new WebExtensions API's, it is not possible to display multiple pages simultaneously within the same browser window. This is why Tile Tabs WE has to move each tiled tab into a separate window.
It is hoped that Mozilla will provide a new WebExtensions interface that will allow a new add-on to be developed that is more similar to the original Tile Tabs.
Reasons why you might want to use Tile Tabs WE
• To compare multiple web pages side-by-side.
• To synchronize scroll multiple web pages side-by-side.
• To open links from one tab in adjacent existing tabs.
• To save tiled layouts which can be re-opened for future use.
• Options button in Add-ons Manager now directly opens Options dialog.
• Open Links select drop-down setting in Options dialog is now remembered.
Tile Tabs WE provides facilities to take tabs from a parent window and arrange them in a layout of tiled sub-windows. This makes it easy to browse or monitor multiple web pages, or to compare multiple web pages using synchronized scroll. Layouts can be saved and later re-opened.
Tile Tabs WE is an alternative no-restart version of the well established Tile Tabs add-on for Firefox.
Tile Tabs WE is implemented using the new WebExtensions API and is available for both Firefox and Chrome with identical functions and user interfaces.
Tile Tabs WE emulates 'split browser' functionality with simple switching between the normal view and the tiled view.
Tile Tabs WE displays multiple tabs in a layout of tiled sub-windows ('tiles') within the area of the parent browser window. The tiles can be arranged horizontally, vertically, or in a grid.
A tiled layout can be created using the toolbar button, button menu, context menu, quick menu, or keyboard shortcuts. The parent window is indicated by a badge on the toolbar button showing the current number of tiles. Tiles are indicated by a badge on their toolbar buttons showing the letter 'T'.
When a tiled layout is created, tabs from the parent window are moved into the new tiles in the following order: first the selected tab, then tabs to the right of the selected tab, then tabs to the left of the selected tab, and finally if there are insufficient tabs then new tabs will be created.
A tiled layout can be saved and previously saved layouts can be opened or deleted. A default layout can be configured.
Dragging the borders between two tiles will resize both tiles (and any sub-tiles).
The options page for Tile Tabs WE can be accessed as follows:
• Firefox - On the menu bar select Tools > Add-ons (or press Ctrl+Shift+A), select the Extensions tab, and then click on the Options button.
• Chrome - Right-click on the toolbar button, and then select Options.
After installation of Tile Tabs WE, there will be a new blue 'tiled-layout' button on the main toolbar.
To create a new tiled layout, click on the Tile Tabs WE toolbar button.
To switch between the tiled view and the normal view, click on the Tile Tabs WE toolbar button again.
CONTEXT MENU & BUTTON MENU
To perform any layout or tiling operation, right-click on the page contents to open the context menu, select the 'Tile Tabs WE' sub-menu, and then select one of the menu items:
• New Layout - creates a new layout and moves one tab from the parent window into each tile.
• Close Layout - closes the existing layout and moves tabs from all tiles back into the parent window.
• Hide Layout - hides the existing layout and moves tabs from all tiles back into the parent window.
• Show Layout - shows the existing layout and moves one tab from the parent window into each tile.
• Refresh Layout - brings all of the tiles to the front and focuses one of the tiles.
• Toggle Toolbars - hides or shows the tab bar and address bar in the currently focused tile.
• Manage Tiles - submenu with the following menu items:
• Add Tile - adds a new tile (with one new tab) above, below, left or right of the currently focused tile.
• Remove Tile - removes the currently focused tile and expands the other tiles as necessary.
• Sync Scroll - enables/disables synchronized scrolling of tiled tab contents.
• Manage Layouts - submenu with the following menu items:
• Open Layout - opens a previously saved layout and assigns the saved tabs (if any) to the tiles.
• Save Layout - saves the current layout and optionally saves the tabs assigned to the tiles.
• Delete Layout - deletes a previously saved layout.
• Default Layout - sets the default layout to be one of the previously saved layouts.
Alternatively, right-click on the Tile Tabs WE toolbar button to open the button menu, and then select one of the menu items.
There are options to:
• define the default page for new tabs created by New Layout or Add Tile.
• show/hide the Tile Tabs WE submenu item on the context menu.
• show/hide the toolbars for new tiles created by New Layout or Add Tile.
• synchronize scroll only when scrolling the focused window.
• assign existing tabs before creating new tabs.
• automatically close tabs created by Open Layout.
To provide quicker access to frequently used commands, a small Quick Menu icon is displayed in the top-left corner of the page contents of each tile. The Quick Menu is especially useful when the toolbars are hidden or when the Tile Tabs WE toolbar button has overflowed off the toolbar.
To perform frequently used commands, hover the mouse over the Quick Menu icon, and then select one of the five available commands:
• Toggle Toolbars
• Refresh Layout
• Hide Layout
• Close Layout
• Sync Scroll
Note, the Quick Menu icon is not displayed in some special pages (e.g. chrome://...).
There is an option to show/hide the Quick Menu icon in all tiles.
To perform the most frequently used operations, press one of the four keyboard shortcuts:
• New/Close Layout - Alt+Shift+Up (Windows and Linux) or Control+Shift+Up (Mac OS X)
• Hide/Show Layout - Alt+Shift+Down (Windows and Linux) or Control+Shift+Down (Mac OS X)
• Refresh Layout - Alt+Shift+Left (Windows and Linux) or Control+Shift+Left (Mac OS X)
• Toggle Toolbars - Alt+Shift+Right (Windows and Linux) or Control+Shift+Right (Mac OS X)
OPEN LINKS IN NEXT OR PREVIOUS TILE
Ctrl+Middle-click on a link in a tile to open the link in the next tile (to the right or below). Press 'Shift' as well to open the link in the previous tile (to the left or above).
There are options to open links as normal or to configure the click type as: Ctrl+Click, Middle-click or Ctrl+Middle-click.
MOVE OR RESIZE LAYOUT
To move or resize a tiled layout, first hide the layout, then move or resize the parent window, and then show the layout again.
Dragging the borders between two tiles will resize both tiles. Resizing of tiles is limited by minimum width and minimum height constraints.
There are options to configure the window margins for tiles for different operating systems.
On initial installation:
• The top margin is 0px for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
• The left/right/bottom margin is either 7px for Windows or 0px for Linux and Mac OS X.
Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.
See LICENCE.txt file and http://www.gnu.org/licenses/
• New: Direct access to Options dialog when clicking Options button in Add-ons Manager.
• Fix: Open Links select drop-down in Options dialog did not remember setting. Fixed.