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Group/Sort Tabs 2.0

Group/Sort Tabs v2.0 is public. Grab it up! Here's the code repository, and here's the support page. This update from 1.1.4 is huge and was drawn out over a good 6 months. I can say this extension is now up to my standards.

group menu

regrouped tab context menu

moved tab context menu

tab groups

  • Group your tabs by hostname, browse session (tabs browsed within 15 minutes of each other), browse day, and original opening tab (IE8 style).

  • Sort your tabs by time opened, browsed, hostname and title.

  • Choose between sorting around groups (groups are freely movable), or ordering them along with the tabs for a true "one side to the other" sort.

  • Distinguish tab groups by color and separator. Colors rotate between 4 pleasing hues.

  • Tabs are movable and re-groupable, even when sorted. "Moved" tabs are designated with a black upper border and may be returned via the context menu. Tabs dropped in another group may be immediately sent to their sorted position within the group by holding shift before the drop.

  • Context menu for quick group/sort switching and closing groups.

  • Sorting is intelligently handled with the opening/restoration of multiple tabs.

options groups unmoved

options groups moved

Discussion

Group/Sort Tabs Firefox extension 1.0

27 Dec 2009 Newer version: Group/Sort Tabs 2.0

This extension adds group and sort support to tabs in Firefox.

Features

  • Optionally group your tabs by hostname. (More to come.)
  • Sort your tabs by last opened date, hostname, or last browsed date.
  • Intelligently handles the opening/restoration of multiple tabs at once, only sorting when the URL of all opened tabs is known.
  • Sorts tabs immediately upon navigating to a different URL, prior to full page load.
  • Tabs can be manually moved into other groups.

Requirements

Known Limitations

  • The entire host before the first / is matched when comparing host names, so sites with different subdomains (like addons.mozilla.org and developer.mozilla.org) will not be grouped together. This can be undesirable with certain URLs (such as img161.imageshack.us and img299.imageshack.us).
  • You can only manually move a tab into another group if you drop it somewhere in the middle of the group (no edges). I'd like an easy and intuitive method of grouping/ungrouping tabs for the future.
  • Manually rearranging tabs out of the sort order is not a feature of this version. I've worked toward supporting it, but decided to release without it. Also, I may be overestimating its importance.

Recommendations

  • Using ChromaTabs or ColorfulTabs configured to color code your tabs by URL.
  • Similarly the "close similar tabs" or "close other tabs from this host" features of Tab Mix Plus and Closy might be useful.

Discussion

"Sort Tabs By ..." Firefox extension

27 Dec 2009 Newer version: Group/Sort Tabs 2.0

screenshot:

See this nifty screencast for a demonstration.

Features

  • Sorts your tabs by domain/host name, or last browsed date. (More to come.)
  • Optionally space out groups of tabs. (You can color the spacers too, but it's not very pretty. ;)
  • Intelligently handles tab restoration, only sorting when all tabs have been restored.
  • Intelligently handles the opening of multiple tabs at once, only sorting when the URL of all opened tabs is known.
  • Sorts tabs immediately upon navigating to a different URL, prior to full page load.
  • You can freely drag and drop tabs to other groups.

Requirements

  • Firefox 2.0 (I may lower this to 1.5, I haven't decided yet.)

Known Limitations

  • Currently the entire host before the first / is matched when comparing host names, so sites with different subdomains (like addons.mozilla.org and developer.mozilla.org) will not be grouped together. This can be undesirable with certain URLs (such as img161.imageshack.us and img299.imageshack.us). The ability to customize this behavior will be in the next version.

Combine this extension with Justin Dolske's ChromaTabs for the elegant tab coloring seen in the screenshot and screencast.

Also, combine this extension with the "Close Similar Tabs" feature of Tab Mix Plus (and some others) to close all of the tabs from one site at once via the tab context menu.

Install "Sort Tabs By …" v1.0

Discussion