how can I limit the number of tabs?!

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Spiderman

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May 14, 2009, 8:31:31 AM5/14/09
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Hi,
I need to limit the number of opened tabs. I want that firefox don't
open more tabs as I "say" him. But I don't want that I can open many
tabs and the oldest would be closed after some time to hold the limit. I
want to open for example 10 tabs and no more. Is there a setting in
about:config? or an add-on? about:config would be better than a add-on.
Thanks in advance.

David McRitchie

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May 14, 2009, 11:30:09 AM5/14/09
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I don't know of any Firefox setting that would do that, but perhaps
more important is *why* you would want to do that, and *what* you
expect to happen when you've reached the limit? Do nothing, issue
a warning, continue in a new window.

What I would suggest is installing "Tab Count" or "Tabs Counter" so that
you can see a tab count on a toolbar.
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4346

I would not be surprised if a single article had me open 20 tabs to
be read after reading the main article. I often open a bookmark folder
of blogs with about 20 bookmarks in such a folder. I have several sets
of those for reading at different times.

If you are having a problem with lots of tabs open, check
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Problematic_extensions
and the types of webpages you are opening (see next paragraph)

BTW, having lots of tabs open should not affect use of Firefox much
unless you have lots of such things as feeds, or web pages that refresh
themselves, such as news pages, or weather pages, as there
is only one Firefox open. I would not expect the same from Google
Chrome browser which has another instance open for each tab if I
understand correctly and there would be both advantages and
disadvantages.
--
HTH,
David McRitchie, extensions I use are briefly documented on my site
Firefox Custom: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/firefox.htm


Spiderman

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May 14, 2009, 3:49:27 PM5/14/09
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David McRitchie schrieb:
Hi,
so I would like that firefox wouldn't open more tabs as I set it. For
example I set 7, 10 or 20 tabs as maximum and don't want firefox to open
more tabs as seted. I have the problem that by many open tabs (50 to 100
tabs) firefox needs more than 300.000 K as the windows task manager
shows. And the system is very very very slow. It is almost frozen. That
is more than a half of my menory so it is normal that it makes problems.
I just want to set a limit for the tabs. It would be nice if somebody
had a workaround for me. It would be also cool if the developers would
do something about this problem. It is there since many years. The
memory problem of firefox is going hard on my nerves. Thanks in advance.

Metaholic

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Jun 8, 2009, 11:05:05 AM6/8/09
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I find a crucial and important feature.
Being too sporadic in one's thinking might diverge one's concentrated
effort. On top of which older tabs don't get an alert for attention,
and thing get slow.
I think ti'll be great to have a max tab limit, with an alert, and a
way for old tabs to pop up a reminder or self terminated if unattended
after a second reminder.

A feature request or a firefox addon?
I believe such a thing should be a core feature.

:)

David McRitchie

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Jun 8, 2009, 1:04:42 PM6/8/09
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"Metaholic" <ideal...@gmail.com> wrote in message news:298d03a3-97a2-400d...@k8g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...

Though you are not the original poster, it seems you both may
be experiencing problems due to certain sites.

I doubt that you will see a slowdown simply with more tabs,
certainly not with 50 or under (once loaded) if you have a computer purchased
in last three years. What will slow you down is if you load pages
that automatically refresh (such as some ads or newsfeeds) or are
currently running a flash file .

Metaholic

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Jun 29, 2009, 8:16:42 PM6/29/09
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On Jun 8, 8:04 pm, "David McRitchie" <firefo...@verizon.net> wrote:
> "Metaholic" <ideal.n...@gmail.com> wrote in messagenews:298d03a3-97a2-400d...@k8g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...

dude, that's not an answer.
Almost all website autorefresh, have ads and many have flash.

Miles

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Jun 29, 2009, 9:17:32 PM6/29/09
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Extension TabMix Plus allows you to set the number of rows of tabs and
by also setting the size of the tabs the quantity is also limited.
However, what I've discovered is that apparently it merely hides tabs
that exceed the specified number of rows -- learned that by opening 4
rows of tabs and then deleting one at a time at the end returns those
that were at the start of the 1st row. So presumably these tabs
remain open to be updated.

However, I also use Add Block Plus and Element Hiding Helper which
prevents most ads from being seen and apparently stops their updating,
jumping, whatever.

David McRitchie

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Jun 29, 2009, 9:35:07 PM6/29/09
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"Miles" ...

> * Spiderman wrote, On 5/14/2009 05:31:
>> I need to limit the number of opened tabs. I want that firefox don't
>> open more tabs as I "say" him. But I don't want that I can open many
>> tabs and the oldest would be closed after some time to hold the limit. I
>> want to open for example 10 tabs and no more. Is there a setting in
>> about:config? or an add-on? about:config would be better than a add-on.
>> Thanks in advance.
>
> However, I also use AdBlock Plus and Element Hiding Helper which
> prevents most ads from being seen and apparently stops their updating,
> jumping, whatever.

Adblock Plus: Element Hiding Helper :: Add-ons for Firefox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4364
would that be the same as the Collapse option in AdBlock Plus itself.
Ablock had an option to either completely remove ads or to just hide them.

skipse...@gmail.com

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May 26, 2012, 7:48:28 AM5/26/12
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I believe the MaxTabs firefox addon is exactly what you need - http://goo.gl/2UGue
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