Ray here, from the Firefox Desktop Product team excited to engage with you :). If you get a chance, we encourage you to check out Firefox View in the Fx106 release version. This brand new feature aims to help you get back to the content that you’ve previously discovered within the browser in a seamless manner. This optimized task continuity flow will surely bring a newfound confidence to anyone that may typically be hesitant to close tabs across devices for fear of losing important information!
Key functions include: being able to access recently closed tabs, tab pickup from other devices, and personal selection of Colorways. Put simply, it is a space where you can curate and shape your needs.
If you’re curious to read more about this feature please check out this article!
As we work to make this feature better for you, we’d like to welcome any and all feedback.
Thank you in advance for your participation! We look forward to hearing from you.
Much appreciated though I'd already removed Firefox view before I made any posts here. I meant that I'd like an option to remove the "List all tabs" button, because as I said, I think it is a waste of space if I don't have enough tabs in a window that I have to scroll through them. I do believe that is also what @l0111_friend was indicating in their picture, having circled it and saying "I wanna remove this item".
@DNFWM- Thanks for the feedback. So that I'm clear, why do you desire to close the View tab? As it's intended to help you get to previous information that you've interacted with. Are you saying once you find that old tab and reopen it, you no longer need to see the View surface (it's adding unnecessary clutter?)?
I like the idea of the new Firefox view page. But I've already disabled it. Why? I don't want a Mozilla account, and I don't want to sync my history, tabs, etc, with an online account -- at that point I might as well use Google Chrome 😛 (though I'd trust Mozilla more with my data).
In any case, I _do_ use KDE connect, which lets me send data between my computers and phones, with no server, just peer to peer. Is there any chance of making the Firefox View functionality available to add-ons? I would love to see (or... implement) some sort of Firefox View KDE Connect plugin which shares to any paired device my current tab info, so I can pick up where I left off, without a cloud account.
Thanks for this feedback @brenns10 ! This is a great suggestion and something we can look into (i.e. considering removing Accounts dependency). Just out of curiosity, what are your specific hesitations around acquiring a FxAccount?
I don't care about this feature whatsoever, I already know ctrl+shift+T to re open the tab I just closed. Do I need to go a lil further back? I check the History menu, that simple. Good for it to be removable, but make it so it stays as it was just in the recent version, there was a blank space which to me was VERY helpful when moving Firefox to my second monitor to the left, now there's nowhere to grab the browser from other than exactly a little bit of blank space beside the window-exit buttons. Oh and also, that new little dropdown tab right beside the new tab button? unnecesary, annoying and useless, would be great to have the same option to remove it as we have with this new 'Firefox View' tab.
When doing stuff to something's layout please make it an OPTION, don't force it, I don't want to have to bare with it just because someone at the team thought it was a good idea
You can add a blank space by right clicking the toolbar and selecting "Customize Toolbar...". From there you can add blank spaces to your layout! You can also remove the arrow by dragging it away from the toolbar on the same page.
I do like the idea of Firefox VIew. One thing that is bothering me though is that its icon doesn't follow the general minimalist and colorless theme of all the other ones. This is a reason for me to not use it since I think it does not fit the current color theme and it does grab a bit too much attention with its vibrant colors for my liking. If there will be a colorless/white variant of the icon in a future release, I think it would be much more likely for me to use this feature.
I'll make my notes here. Overall I don't have a positive view of the feature because it doesn't offer anything new and it's not a better way of using the browsers features. These features already exist in better locations; Respectively under Sync and History.
That said, I'm not against change for change sake. If this persists, which I'm sure it will, just make it optional as it is and not forced as you did with the slimmer UI feature.
Some implementation issues;
Personally, I could do without this replication of effort. Others could see this as useful and fans of firefox that maybe don't use both mobile or regularly use their history could easily just see it as, "hey more progress! hooray!" But honestly it's a waste of effort from what I can tell. Unless of course the point is the give a sidebar for advertising more mozilla features like Colorways? IDK, I'm a little confused here what was accomplished, and I'm not certain what I could use on a Firefox dashboard that isn't already so easily at my fingertips already ...
When I updated to the new version:
My bookmarks disappeared from the bookmarks toolbar. I went to the bookmarks manager all of them were there. Moved them to the folder where bookmarks should go to get if want them on the toolbar but nothing happened.
1: Only solution was to close the bookmark toolbar. Open it again, drag a new bookmark there. Go back to the bookmark manager and move my bookmarks to the folder where the new bookmark got.
2: Since the update opening any pages start a 5-10 seconds of "loading" as I see nothing happens in this period. (checked in other browser the pages loads instantly so it is not a network issue)
Window 10 (wasn't brave enough to do the update on my linux)
Do you have any idea to solve these? Especially the second one?
+I was really hoping that the "Close multiple tab" option will be again individual options. As a software engineer I had dozens of tabs open constantly. It is really inconvenient that I need to goo to a sub menu to reach something as basic as closing other tabs. Is there any way to make that configurable?
I do like the ability to see synced tabs, hopefully there will be options to allow displaying a lot more at once compared to the smaller selection there presently. I think it could also be something that's shown as part of the new tab page, as it's also easier to get to the shortcuts and see the Pocket news feed on the same page.
Not entirely sure what I think of FF View, but it's okay for now. I give it points for the ease of seeing and opening recent tabs. Still, I would be happier if FF did not default to FF View when I close a tab (or the last tab). I'd rather that it only opens when I ask. Or perhaps there should be a user setting here. Regardless, thanks to all for the improvements and all the work.
I'm never going to use it and I really wish you'd stop changing my layout every time this browser updates. Every time I have to figure out the new way to put my tabs where they're supposed to be, under the address bar not how awful Chrome does it.
Ahhh Cool, let's begin with feedback:
In addition to this:
Other than that, I?m really digging the concept!
I like this feature. I wish it could show more recently closed tabs (even from previous sessions) and synchronised tabs. The potential for firefox view is huge. If it can be integrated with containers to provide a tab grouping like feature (tabs from particular containers being listed separately, if possible in a tree like view) it would be cherry on cake
Please let me move and get rid of the dropdown menu without resorting in editing userChrome.css. I use TreeStyleTab and don't have a tabbar below the menu bar, where it wants to slot itself in. I'd like to move it for example into the Toolbar.
I'm indifferent about this feature. I welcome the change and found it useful and easier couple of times but also feel that the View Page and New Tab page could be one. If View Page can offer any unique advantages and ease of usage, I'm all for it.
I haven't used it extensively yet, although I do like the idea. My one initial gripe with it is that I wish it were represented by a glyph icon in the tab bar, rather than a full-colour Firefox favicon. The current View icon is vague; it doesn't communicate its functionality to the user very well. In addition, it's distracting, and doesn't visually separate itself enough from tabs for normal webpages.
I set this up today to sync between my Windows 10 laptop and android phone. Right now, I have 4 Firefox tabs open on the laptop, but Task Manager is showing 15 instances of FF, and they are using over a Gig of ram.
This is something that should be addressed asap.
Even after I disabled sync, closed FF and re-opened a single tab, Task Manager is showing 11 instances of FF.
I can absolutely see how it's useful to my dad, who always has a million tabs open. I will probably use it sometimes too: Every couple of days I need to go to recently closed tabs or use shift+ctrl+t multiple times. I like that it's not on the starting page, cause I don't want to flash all of my tabs to everyone.
>Do you find Firefox View useful for information retrieval?
Yes. I found browsing the recently closed tabs list very useful.
>Tell us about your favorite functionality in this feature!
While I can see the 'List all tabs' dropdown is useful for users with many tabs open, if the user does not have many tabs open, the feature seems redundant.
>What additional integrations might you find helpful on this surface?
Adding a short list of the most recent closed tabs and/or the last used synced tabs to the 'List all tabs' dropdown menu would make it more useful.
>Would it be useful to have a more expansive list of synced tabs from other devices?
Of course, why is this even a question?
>Does this surface encourage you to sync new devices to your Firefox Account?
Not in it's current state.