Recently released Firefox5 has some very useful, amazing and cool features. Lets take a sneak peak at some of them below:
App Tabs allow you to pin any website to the left side of the tab bar so that it's always available. This is particularly useful for popular sites like gmail, facebook which keep on updating every few secs and keep notifying us.
How to make an App Tab?
Right-click on the tab you want to turn into an App Tab and select Pin as App Tab from the menu.
Similarly if you Wanna remove it , just right click on AppTab and select UnPin Tab from the menu.
Advantages of AppTabs:
- App Tabs don't have a close button so you can't accidentally close them.
- App Tabs notify you with a blue highlight when they change.If you have Gmail set as an App Tab, for example, and you are using a different tab when a new email is received, your Gmail tab will glow.
- All of the App Tabs you have set when you close Firefox will open as App Tabs when you start Firefox again.
- Links to other websites open in a new tab so that your App Tab doesn't change.Many web apps, like Facebook, already do this but an App Tab will make this happen even when the website isn't set to do it.
Tab Groups (also known as Panorama) are an easy way to organize a lot of tabs. With Tab Groups you can visually group related tabs, switch between groups and quickly search through all of your tabs.
How to create a Tab Groups
Enter the Tab Groups view by clicking the List All Tabs button at the far right side of the tab strip and selecting Tab Groups. Or can use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl + Shift+E.
When you enter the Tab Groups view for the first time, you'll see thumbnail previews of all of your tabs in one group. To make a new group, simply drag one tab out of the group and then drag a second one on top of it. A box will be drawn around them.
When you are done, just click on a tab to exit the view. You will be returned to Firefox, the tab you clicked on will be active and only the tabs in that group will be visible.
If you wanna switch between tabs, just Click the Tab Group button at the far right side of the tab strip(or Ctrl + Shift + E), and then Click on a tab in the group you want to switch to and you'll exit the view and be returned to Firefox. The tab you clicked on will be active and only the tabs in that group will be visible.
If you wanna search for a particular tab group, just do Ctrl + Shift + E and start typing the name of the tab group, the tabs that match your search will be highlighted. Just click on a tab to select it and be returned to Firefox.
Resizing Tab Groups – Click and drag the resize handle at the bottom-right corner of a group to make it bigger or smaller. As you resize the group the tabs will get bigger and smaller accordingly.
Rearranging Tab Groups – Click and drag on an empty area along the sides or bottom of a group to move it around the screen.
Naming Tab Groups – Click next to the pencil icon at the top of a group and type in a name for it. Then just hit Enter or click on some other area of the window.
Closing Tab Groups – Each tab group has a close button in the upper-right corner. Clicking it will close that group and all of its tabs.
App Tabs in Tab Groups
When you are using App Tabs with Tab Groups, they will be represented by their site's icon on the right side of each tab group.
Get to your favorite sites quickly – even if you don’t remember the URLs. Type your term into the location bar (aka the Awesome Bar) and the autocomplete function will include possible matches from your browsing history, bookmarked sites and open tabs.
The Awesome Bar learns as you use it—over time, it adapts to your preferences and offers better-fitting matches. We’ve tweaked it to give you greater control over the results (including privacy settings) and increased performance so you find what you need even faster.
STAY IN SYNC
Sync seamlessly connects your desktop and mobile Firefoxes, so you can access your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks and even open tabs no matter which device you use. Access years of desktop browsing the first day you fire up your mobile, and use saved passwords from your desktop to fill out forms on your phone.Now you can surf the Web on your desktop, get up in the middle of browsing and have your open tabs ready and waiting on your mobile, just as you left them.
For more details on how to use sync feature, check out here
It has many more amazing features such as:
- High performance
- Advanced security
- Improved interface
- powerful personalization
More on these features can be found at firefox site