A Quick Tip to Widen the Currently Active Tab in Firefox 4 to View More of the Page Title

by Jawwad in Firefox, Tips&Tricks | 0 comments


I think Firefox 4 tab management system is one of the best when compared against all other available current generation browsers such as Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer. One of the things that might bother some power users that tend to do a lot research & keep open a dozen or more tabs at the time is that tab width also starts to decrease as Firefox have to accommodate more tabs in the same tab-bar area. As a result visible area of any tab title also starts to shrink. If you prefer to widen the currently active tab, there is nice little trick involving a small addition to the userchrome.css file in the Firefox profile folder.

So, here is the procedure:

  1. From the Firefox button menu select the Help>Troubleshooting Informationtroubleshooting info | A Quick Tip to Widen the Currently Active Tab in Firefox 4 to View More of the Page Title
  2. Now in the about:support page that appears on screen, press the Open Containing Folder to access profile folderimage79 | A Quick Tip to Widen the Currently Active Tab in Firefox 4 to View More of the Page Title
  3. In your profile folder, navigate to the chrome folder, and open the userChrome.css file for editing in notepad. If it is not there copy the userChrome-example.css file as userChrome.css
  4. Append this code at the end (you can change 200px any tab width of your liking):
    .tabbrowser-tab:not([pinned])[selected="true"]  {width: 200px !important;}
  5. Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect. Now the active tab will appear wider than the rest to reveal more of the current page title!activetab | A Quick Tip to Widen the Currently Active Tab in Firefox 4 to View More of the Page Title

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