Firefox Friday: Split Browser Add-on

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Tabbed browsing is great, constantly swtiching between tabs is not. If you need to view two or more tabs at the same time, check out the Split Browser add-on. Click on any tab, then select "Split" from your browser menu. You can choose to split left, right, above or below, and tile all current tabs vertically or horizontally. This can be extremely useful when you need to reference while you're writing, editing or updating a Web page, or want to browse a few sites simultaneously.

The split tab is fairly independent. It can be refreshed by clicking on the top bar and you can navigate to other pages through the drop-down navigation bar. One point of interest: some Web pages will automatically refresh when you split the tab, so be careful if you're working on something important. You might want to save your work before splitting the tab.

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John AlanR 11-10-2008 3:05 PM

Interesting idea, but looking at the example above, I remember an old problem with websites: horizontal scrolling. I've always got the impression that very few people like websites which force a person to scroll to the left or the right. Would anyone welcome this?

Mike Phillips 11-11-2008 9:41 AM

Horizontal scrolling is definitely a hindrance. However, I still think it's useful mostly for reading/referencing and writing at the same time. I don't see it as something you would use for casual browsing, but more as a tool to accomplish a particular task.

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