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KERR
Making moves
Status: New idea

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In Firefox, hovering over a tab gives only the tab title. It would be nice to see more detail, eg the URL/domain name (like Chrome and Edge do):

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But what would be even better is a tab preview! Vivaldi does both URL and preview:

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Thanks!

9 Comments
steel835
Familiar face

Yes, that would've been cool. I can only add a suggestion from Crowdicity post (167 votes, "Mozilla exploring") about titles showing up for other tabs instantly after delaying only before first one

Bjones
Strollin' around

Ew no, please don’t add tab previews. Upvote for more tab info, however. 

steel835
Familiar face

Panel could also have buttons for Media Session API

I just had a use case: I listen to music in a browser, in a separate tab. I open a new tab, there's video that starts playing. To watch it, I want to pause the music, but if I click hardware pause button, it pauses the video instead, because this page uses Media Session API too and used it later than music tab. So I have 2 options here: click mute button on the tab (which helps, but has its downsides) or go to that tab and pause it there.

If this tab preview panel had these controls I'd have to only hover over that tab, and click pause without switching tabs (and as a bonus could see what's playing, switch tracks, etc). Kinda like global media controls in chrome, but near related tabs. Here are some ideas on how it could look like:

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One downside I can see here is that in order to be able to click the buttons, this panel shouldn't hide when the cursor is hovering over it. But they also could hide the moment the cursor leaves tab strip and this panel - it's pretty big, so I don't think a delay for inaccurate aiming (like with context submenus) is needed. Maybe a slight 10px margin along the edges for overshooting..

I know, this feels like a separate idea, but we don't have previews yet, so I decided to throw these here for now.

ctan24
Making moves

Something which I reckon would go really well with Firefox is the ability to preview tabs by hovering your cursor over the tab, in a similar fashion to Google Chrome. Ultimately, there are things that Firefox has which makes it superior to Chrome, but there are definetly features on Google Chrome which could be taken on board with Firefox.

Nich
Making moves

Make thumbnail previews on Tabs

KERR
Making moves

MS Edge has just implemented tab previews, looks pretty good especially with vertical tabs turned on!

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Thought there would a bit more interest in this idea 😢

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

@KERR Thanks for following up with this visual! Will pass along to the product team to see if we have any plans to implement something similar.

And hey, maybe your new comment/additional example will generate more interest in the idea.

rayf
Employee
Employee

These are great visuals! Also really appreciate the detailed use case for a user navigating audio specific tabs as well @steel835 . Our team is interested in digging deeper into this as an opportunity to improve the overall tab experience. We'll be able to give more updates on this work next year :).

FearfulSlug
New member

tab preview is a great feature which I miss in firefox