Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 22:42 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Tabbed browsing is pretty much the norm by now, with even someone like me (who disliked it vehemently for a long time) finally giving in and start using tabbed browsing (thanks to Chrome, by the way). Well, apparently, Mozilla thinks its time to move on. They believe tabbed browsing has become obsolete, and are asking users to come up with a better alternative.
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Opera's Windows Panel
by Dave_K on Tue 19th May 2009 09:51 UTC
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Opera users who place their tab bar on the side, or developers looking to improve tabbed browsing, should try turning on Opera's Sidebar and bringing up the Windows Panel.

This has quite a few advantages over the conventional tab bar. For example:

-It displays all the open tabs in all Opera windows, grouping tabs by the window they are in, and allowing you to show or hide the tab list for each window.

-You can use it to drag and drop tabs between browser windows, without having to place the two windows side by side on screen.

-It allows you to select multiple tabs by shift/ctrl clicking, just like selecting multiple bookmarks, these can then be dragged or closed as a group.

-There's a search field that allows you to filter the tab display. This is great if you have a lot of pages open, both for quickly finding specific pages, and for efficient window management. Want to close a bunch of ebay listings you no longer need? Type ebay into the field, select them all, then hit delete (or right click and select close) and they're all gone.

-As the Windows Panel is in the sidebar it features the sidebar's placement options and ability to quickly be shown/hidden. You can even have the Windows Panel as a separate floating window if you wish.

Add to that the many advantages of Opera's MDI interface features, like the ability to place tabs side by side, or contain correctly sized pop-up windows within the main window, and it has a massive advantage over most other browsers when it comes to managing a large number of pages.

See this article for a screenshot of this Opera feature:

http://cybernetnews.com/2007/05/25/opera-tip-moving-tabs-around-wit...

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