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|User since||March 5, 2011|
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This add-on is the main reason that Firefox is my default browser. It is hard to believe Firefox did not incorporate this functionality into their browser long ago.
If you are like me and routinely have more than 20 or so tabs open at once (actually I commonly have a hundred or more open at once), this is a must have app. I have it configured to display tabs on the left side of the browser since with my typical widescreen laptop monitor I always have plenty of horizontal real estate on the screen.
Tree Style Tabs lets me scroll through my 100+ tabs as quickly as I can move the scroll slider with my mouse. An absolutely amazing add-on.
I began using Tree Style Tabs with FF4 and Vista 32-bit running with 4 GB RAM (3.25 accessible). Back then my Firefox would crash maybe once every three days or so and I attribute this to simply taxing the resources too heavily with dozens and dozens of open tabs.
Now I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with 8 GB of RAM and Firefox with almost 200 tabs open is almost perfectly stable and fast as ever. Maybe every other week it'll crash on me (if that), but I could care less. Having this functionality for a bi-weekly crash is well worth it, especially since Tree Style Tab works so well with Session Manager to quickly restore a previously crashed session.
BTW, when restoring such a large session (200 tabs), Tree Style Tab with Firefox 14 is very fast as the page titles for all the tabs all load almost instantly. The contents of individual web will only load once they are clicked on in the tab tree. Five stars!
This is simply an amazing product! Having color-coded tab groups in a outline type hierarchy that can be scrolled through extremely fast in a sidebar is fantastic. With wide-screen monitors, a sidebar for tabs makes much more sense than a top or bottom bar.
For whatever reason I was using IE 8 for a long time and I am amazed at how much better surfing the Net is with Tab Kit running on Firefox 3.6 on my old Inspiron E1505 running Vista with 3 GBs of RAM.
I am writing this message with 101 tabs open in Tab Kit with virtually no system performance degradation! Whereas running with just 20 open tabs in IE 8 would cause lots of hard drive access and performance issues. I never want to use IE again...
Suggestion for newbies: After installing Tab Kit, right click within the sidebar for an extensive list of helpful options such as New Tab, Bookmark All Tabs, Bookmark Group, Sort by Address, and many more. There is also a very handy tab search box at the top of the sidebar which can prove very useful to find a tab when you have as many tabs open as I do!
Two minor issues:
1. Sometimes after returning from a break, it can take a little while to discover what the active tab is. In a future version could you make the active tab stand out by either making it larger than rest or making it a different color than all the other tabs (perhaps bright orange or something).
2. With this many tabs open I am unable to drag and drop to reposition tabs within the list. When I go to drag a tab the list immediately jumps a page or two and I unable to drop the tab where I want. Drag and drop does seem to work fine however with twenty or so open tabs.