[quote=“Spack”]Just been reading the negative reviews section of firefox at download.com.
Seems there’s no tabbed browsing. [What IS tabbed browsing anyway?]
Plus, there’s no scroll side bar when you open up another window. No refresh button either. I use that all the time. Doesn’t sound too good, but it got an 89% approval rating overall.
So, firefox users, any of these criticisms valid?[/quote]
Complete rubbish. Perhaps those users were using a very early version, but tabbed browsing seems to have been part of the concept from the beginning.
Tabbed browsing is when you right-click on a link and it gives you the option to either open the link in a new window or as a new tab. As a tab means you literally see a little tab at the top of the browser window for every page you’re currently viewing. It’s quick and convenient to switch between pages. I got used to it in Opera and wouldn’t be without it now. You can choose to open links in ‘background’ tabs so the focus still stays on the page you were viewing. This is very useful when looking at the ‘posts since last visit’ on Forumosa for example. I go quickly through and open all interesting threads in background tabs, then take my time to browse through the various pages. In Firefox the default is to open in a backgound tab.
By way of contrast, IE opens everything up in separate windows and it’s a hassle changing between them, especially as each new window ‘steals’ the focus and you have to go back to the windows bar at the bottom of the screen to put the focus back on the window you were viewing. Also, that bar can’t fit many windows- not nearly as many as the tabs you can fit onscreen in Opera or Mozilla.
Of course Firefox can refresh pages, from the right-click menu within a page or at that page’s tab, or with the normal ‘refresh’ button.
Yes every page has a scroll bar.
I sound like a rabid Firefox fan but really it’s been good to me and it’s well worth a try; especially since the download size is pretty small.