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b-k
Making moves
Status: In development

Story 1: I am one of the legion of people with dozens of tabs open on device A that I would love to read or otherwise process (read it, fill in the form, finally buy the shirt ...). They aren't worth bookmarking but I have to get to them someday. Later, while device B is in front of me, I have some time to process tabs. Using Firefox sync, I open a few of the tabs on A and do what I need to do. I am now done with these tabs, they no longer spark joy, and I can finally remove some clutter in the list of synced tabs and on device A.

Story 2: Device A is a work computer where some tabs are useful only at work, but a dozen of them are shopping tabs I was browsing while on company time. I have time to finally pick a shirt and buy it at home, but the clutter of work-related tabs makes it hard to find the shopping tabs. I never want to see the work tabs on the computer at home--they're more clutter and some I can't even access outside of the work network--but I don't want to turn off sync entirely.

Solution: First, allow me to remove items from the list of tabs hosted on device A displayed in the list of tabs on device B. For example, right-click on the tab in the list of synced tabs and select 'hide tab on this device'.

Second, just as we can push an "open tab" request from one device to another, use the proposed right-click menu to push a "close tab" request. When I get back to device A at work tomorrow, I can accept the close tab requests, one at a time or all at once.

Alternatively, I have an "open tab" option, but also a "steal tab" option. The steal (or transfer) option simultaneously opens that tab on device B and closes it on device A (or if that is technically not possible, sends a close tab request).

49 Comments
Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

@Tho-mas there's a similar idea here:

Send 'close tab' request to other device via sync / remotely close tabs 

If this aligns with your request, we can merge the threads (and votes) together so the conversation is focused in one space. Just let me know 😃

mikeanthony80
New member

I would love this too!

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager
okay_okay
Making moves

Yeah, this would be great! 👍

Tho-mas
Making moves

@Jon

Thank you for the quick reply. Please merge the threads.

 
 

 

 

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

(Note: similar ideas have been merged into this thread)

ssssaaaaaaa
Strollin' around

»Steal tabs« would be a great feature!

kinosang
Strollin' around

it's necessary for multi-device workflow

kisscoool18
Strollin' around

Meanwhile waiting for this feature to come officially, can this be done with an extention? Doesn't look that the "sync" part is controllable...

Status changed to: In development
Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey all,

Good news...

This is being worked on so we are upgrading the status to 'In development' - please feel free to keep the conversation going and stay tuned for more updates 🙌

buggydonkey
Strollin' around

Safari can do this, and it is great. Firefox should do it too.

jenzen
New member

So happy to hear that this is in development. I'm sure there are bigger fish to fry for developers regarding things like security, but this is one of those little features that goes a long way for users, and really encourages me to use the syncing function and actually bother signing in on multiple devices.

theblackhole
New member

I agree, this can appear like a small feature for some, but for me it is a game changer : this the only feature that will make me switch back to Firefox on PC. I am using Edge currently because of the Workspace feature (workspace sync with tabs and favorites accross devices in real time) and once you have tried it, it is hard to do without it. But it is Edge you know, with all its bloatwares and data collection...
If Firefox can do a similar implementation or at least a better sync, I'll happily go back to the fox and sing the praises of this browser.

ilab
Strollin' around

I am following this topic, hugely interested in it.

winged
New member

SO happy to see this is in development. It's great that we can open tabs from other devices, but I'm in exactly the same situation as OP -- I often have time to close out tabs when I'm on my desktop but not when I'm on my phone and I don't even realize how many tabs I've automatically opened until I've got that number in front of me. (I THINK IT WAS LIKE 900.)