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Firefox 4.0: Browser Tabs on Top or Bottom?

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It's the little things that count.

On top or bottom?On top or bottom?

While Firefox 3.7 will bring with it some really cool hardware acceleration features, the next big, big build will be Firefox 4.0. Right now the designers are debating whether to keep the tabs on the bottom of the address bar, like it's done for Internet Explorer and Safari, or move tabs on top of the address bar, like Chrome and Opera do it.

Check out all the points for and against it in the video below. It's fascinating stuff if you spend as much of your day in the browser as we do.

Tabs on top or bottom?

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    CTPAHHIK , July 1, 2010 10:11 AM
    When in doubt take both.
    Make it up to end-user to choose where to have tab. Problem solved.

    Perhaps I want mine on the left.
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    blasterth , July 1, 2010 10:14 AM
    I want to put it in the left or in the right side!
    With the displays that become wider and wider, I'll love to have the tabs steal some horizontal space instead of the rare vertical space.
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    gtvr , July 1, 2010 11:24 AM
    urlsenI salute firefox chick....why i always read firefox news


    Note the caption - "on top or on bottom".

    I see what they did there.
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  • 29 Hide
    CTPAHHIK , July 1, 2010 10:11 AM
    When in doubt take both.
    Make it up to end-user to choose where to have tab. Problem solved.

    Perhaps I want mine on the left.
  • 28 Hide
    blasterth , July 1, 2010 10:14 AM
    I want to put it in the left or in the right side!
    With the displays that become wider and wider, I'll love to have the tabs steal some horizontal space instead of the rare vertical space.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 10:22 AM
    Looks like they've made up their minds.
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    mauller07 , July 1, 2010 10:34 AM
    That's the brilliant thing about Firefox is personal choice for the end user.

    Sir's, i salute you!
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    urlsen , July 1, 2010 10:59 AM
    I salute firefox chick....why i always read firefox news :) 
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    gtvr , July 1, 2010 11:24 AM
    urlsenI salute firefox chick....why i always read firefox news


    Note the caption - "on top or on bottom".

    I see what they did there.
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    kikireeki , July 1, 2010 11:24 AM
    Keep it where it is, I am still suffering with Chrome odd tab bar position!
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    footsoldier , July 1, 2010 11:24 AM
    lol @ the "on top or bottom" tag on the firefox chick pic. Well, i guess i can have my face on top and aherm...
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    iqvl , July 1, 2010 11:37 AM
    Make it up to end-user +1
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    halls , July 1, 2010 12:54 PM
    I want to put my tabs on an excel sheet on another computer, and remote to it in order to access/switch them.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , July 1, 2010 12:58 PM
    TunaSodaGet rid of the tab feature completely

    how about a useful comment and not just trolling.

    and +1000 for make it the user's choice
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    dbowlin17 , July 1, 2010 1:12 PM
    user choice. i love top, but i can see others liking bottom.
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    fpsdominator , July 1, 2010 1:15 PM
    Firefox FTW :D 
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    Vestin , July 1, 2010 1:38 PM
    CTPAHHIKWhen in doubt take both. Make it up to end-user to choose where to have tab. Problem solved.

    1:04-1:15 "But before we go on to the specific reasons I have to make it really, absolutely, perfectly, completely clear that what we're debating is the DEFAULT preference. As always - users have complete control over customizing Firefox, so it's exactly the way they like (...)"
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    MountainFlip , July 1, 2010 1:51 PM
    Great video. The interface looks great. Is there really anymore debate about default settings? The last recap in the video gives 4 pros vs. 1 con. The one con is "mouse distance." Hahahaha. How lazy can you get?

    I keep my parents on Firefox because of stability and security. I think my parent's will understand the concept of tabbing once this is the default layout for tabs.

    I switched over to Google Chrome a few months ago simply because I drank their Koolaid. That and I love the integration with their Google products ie Docs, Calendar, Gmail, etc... Maybe Firefox 4.0 will win me back.
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    masterjaw , July 1, 2010 2:12 PM
    Either way, looking forward to the new version of Firefox. I was once swayed by Chrome but can't stand its disappointing way of blocking ads (of course, that's what Google's business is).
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    danielgr , July 1, 2010 2:51 PM
    Personally, although I can see some positive features, I'd be pissed off not to be able to use the search toolbar as a global one. Actually, most of the times I use it it's not to search within the opened tab, but to open a new tab with the search.
    If they put that toolbar within the tabs it's going to be counter-intuitive (assuming they still give me the opportunity to open a new tab with ALT+ENTER)
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    dl100 , July 1, 2010 3:34 PM
    Great caption for the Firefox babe.
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    mindless728 , July 1, 2010 3:45 PM
    why not on the side like tree style tabs (as I type this in firefox 4)
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