Firefox 4 Panorama Features and Shortcut

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firefox 4 panorama tabsOne of the latest exciting features in Firefox 4 is the new Panorama tab that lets you see all your open tabs and group them into sets. But where is it? Apparently, it looks like the Panorama button is missing in your Firefox 4, right? Well, no…and yes. In fact, the Mozilla team decided to “hide” such a feature because, if activated, tends to eat up a lot of your computer resources (RAM). If you want to turn it on, simply use this handy shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+E. In this article I will show you how to use Firefox 4 Panorama and how to fix a nasty big that doesn’t let Panorama  save tabs when exiting from Firefox.

In order to take advantage of Firefox 4 Panorama feature you have to activate it, easily. As the Mozilla team hid it very well,  the first thing to do is  put Panorama in a place where you can access it easily.

  1. Open Firefox 4.
  2. Right-click any empty space on the upper toolbar.
  3. Click Customize.
  4. A new window full of buttons will appear on your Firefox.
  5. Look for the Panorama button. You can recognize it because it shows small open tabs.
  6. Drag it to your toolbar.
  7. Done!

Let’s test Panorma and  customize it by creating a Tab Group. A Tab Group is a big tab containing open websites and blog (Firefox session).

  1. Open Firefox 4.
  2. Now, open different websites in different tabs.
  3. Once you are done, click the Panorama icon you added to your upper toolbar.
  4. As you see Panorama grouped all open websites inside a big square or tab as thumbnails. Drag such thumbnails and try to change their order.
  5. On the upper left side of the square, you can assign a name to your new  Tab Group. Of course you can create as many Group tabs as you like.
  6. On the right side, click the Panorama icon to switch back to the normal view.

Some users are complaining that Tab Groups are not saved when exiting from Firefox 4 and that Panorma doesn’t work or stopped working properly. Let’s see how to fix this issue and force Panorama to save tabs and Tabs Group upon exit.

  1. Open Firefox 4.
  2. In the address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
  3. If prompted, confirm your action by clicking the “ I’ll be careful, I promise” button.
  4. In the Search field, type browser.showQuitWarning and press Enter.
  5. Double click the value to set it True.
  6. Now restart Firefox.
  7. As a test, try to create and populate a Tab Group also assigning a name to it.
  8. Try to exit Firefox.
  9. At this point, Firefox should warn you with a popup asking to Save and Quit. In this way your tabs and saved Tab group will be saved and will be restored and available when you will open a new Firefox session.

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