Friday, September 11, 2009

Firefox 3.5

Updated my Firefox 3.0 and on the page that comes up afterwards spotted the blurb about using the latest and greatest version. Wasn't I already? A click through showed my that wasn't true version 3.5.3 was out.

One update later and I find only two add-ins don't work CSS Viewer and Duplicate Tab it did warn me before hand. CSS Viewer has an alpha for 3.5 I'll leave for the moment and a search shows that I can duplicate tabs by Ctrl+Dragging.

However so far there are two big annoyances both of which seem to annoyed quite a few people. First up is the permanent New Tab button. Oh you can disable it by editing the Chrome file how user-friendly; dammit allow it to be removed via Customise.

Second is the disappearance of the Close Tab X on a single tab. Previously with a single tab open you could 'close' it for it to be replaced by a blank page; now you can't. Seems silly, but sometimes you just want to leave up a blank page rather than the last thing you looked at and opening a new blank page then closing the previous page is comparatively lengthy. As before there is a Chrome workaround, but the quickest method is to visit about:config and alter the
browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab to False. Now you can middle-click it away and a blank will be created in its place.

Still stupid, you don't change functionality unless you're replacing it with something better and for those of us used to closing the last tab this is very annoying.


Orphi said...

Isn't there some option in the Preferences window that says “Always show tabs” or something? I don't know if it's Firefox 3.5, but having that set one way makes Firefox shut down when you close the last tab, and having it set the other way makes Firefox show a blank tab when you close the last one…

FlipC said...

I think you're thinking of the Always Show Tab Bar. I've just checked and 3.0 has no options to close the last tab and replace it just did it that way.

I'm sure there's something in the about:config that behaves the way you mention, but not as something the average user would ever see.