Firefox Still Has it Wrong

I just downloaded Firefox 2.0 (cuz I’m righteous like that on a Saturday night) and was immediately disappointed. It’s slower and only slightly smarter in terms of it’s once prize possession: tabbed browsing.

They moved the Close (X) button to every tab, but it’s only visible when the tab is selected. Ooooo! (that was sarcasm) They added a pointless, difficult to remove, Go arrow. They jazzed up the UI a bit, even added a new Refresh icon. I’m in awe (that’s more sarcasm).

I had been reading that tabbed browsing had been greatly improved with 2.0, but it’s no better in my opinion. Will someone please tell me why there is no setting within Firefox to open a new tab from entering an URL in the address bar? When do you ever really want to replace your currently selected tab with another web page? I can’t figure it out. I see people every day clicking the New Tab button or double clicking on the tab area, or right clicking and selecting a new tab just so they can open a new web site. It’s adding one or two completely pointless clicks to something that we do dozens of times a day.

Thankfully, the folks at Tab Mix Plus are almost on the ball. I can’t use Firefox without Tab Mix Plus but it’s not quite ready for Firefox 2.0. Luckily I found one of their latest release candidates and I’ve had no trouble yet. Keep up the great work!

As for the Firefox developers out there–2.1 better come out real quick (and decide whether you’re calling them add-ons like IE or extensions as you always have).

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    • Minnetonkafelix
    • November 6th, 2006 11:22am

    Wow, what a wonk! I hope you play an acoustic guitar!

    • The Truth Hurts
    • November 6th, 2006 11:23am

    I actually do!

    I don’t get it.

    • Minnetonkafelix
    • November 6th, 2006 2:27pm

    If you played an electric, (which you might also) you might get hung up in the technical accoutrements… but what the heck it didn’t hurt Les Paul.

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