Select multiple tabs using CTRL+click



Tabbed Browser
16 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: guanxi, Unassigned)


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16 years ago
Selecting multiple tabs (e.g. by holding down CTRL and clicking) would be very

For example, with many tabs open I often want to close all but a few (i.e. all
but >1, so 'Close Other Tabs' doesn't work).  It's faster to close the whole
window and reload the tabs I want than to wait for the UI to respond to closing
tabs one at a time.  Performing the operation simultaneously on mutlple tabs
would be much faster.

As a side editorial, if that's allowed, Excel (yes, the MS spreadsheet) might be
a a good model for tab functionality.

Comment 1

16 years ago
I'd prefer:
* ctrl+click to turn a tab into a window
* ctrl+shift+click to turn a tab into a window behind the current window (maybe
also alt+click)
* shift+click to close a tab (like in mirc) ... bug 121873?

By the way, if you have a three-button mouse, you can middle-click to close a tab.

Comment 2

16 years ago
Jesse - You may want to file a seperate RFE for those requests.  

This RFE is for selecting multiple tabs, and not for  the functionality of
ctrl+click.  To me, it doesn't matter if the specific command is ctrl+clk or
something else.

Comment 3

16 years ago
I suggest wontfix for adding the ability to select multiple tabs.

Comment 4

16 years ago

Comment 5

16 years ago
I like the idea of selecting multiple tabs, and think that this will be
necessary in order to make a more convenient interface for saving bookmark groups.

Comment 6

16 years ago
what would you do with multiple tabs except either close them or bookmark them?
don't see any big advantage in selected several tabs and then closing, vs just
closing several tabs.

if the issue is the speed of closing tabs, then I'm not sure this would help -
it would probably take 3 times as long to close the 3 tabs as to close one of

Comment 7

16 years ago
re comment #6:

I think there are higher priorities at the moment, but I still think it's
useful, including for bookmarking, closing tabs, and future features (e.g. one
RFE is for rearranging tabs).

For example, right now, I have 20 tabs open.  I'd like to close #'s 2-10 but
it's not worth the hassle of doing them one at a time ...  I just did it anyway,
and it took ~ 20 seconds ... I wanted to close them so I could locate other tabs
more easily.

"it would probably take 3 times as long to close the 3 tabs as to close one of

'Close Other Tabs' will close 10 tabs as fast as 1; I assumed this feature would
work the same, but maybe that's a bad assumption?

Comment 8

16 years ago
*** Bug 160510 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 9

16 years ago
I entered bug# 160510, which was duped to this one (and rightly so -- bad search
critera on my part). The one difference in my bug was that you'd use Ctrl-Click
to select multiple individual tabs, and Shift-Click to select all tabs between
the currently select tab and the new selected tab.

I suggested right-click options of 
- Close selected tabs
- Open selected tabs in new window

but, as I read this bug, I think the options should be 
- Close selected tabs 
- Bookmark selected tabs as group
- Open selected tabs in new window
- Close un-selected tabs

Re: Comment #6
> what would you do with multiple tabs except either close them or bookmark them?
Open them in a new Window
Leave them open while closing the others



16 years ago
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 10

16 years ago
Addressing comment #6.  There is more than just "Close Tab" and "Close Other
Tabs" that this would be useful for.  I would like to do "Reload Tab" for
multiple tabs.  This would be very convenient for discussion boards, news sites,

As far as interface goes, is there enough screen space for simple checkboxes? 
This has the advantage of being an easy metaphor, not being a hard-to-remember
key combination, and making it really clear which tabs are selected and which
aren't (which a border that would probably be the ctrl-click implementation
would not do).  It has the disadvantage of creating two UI targets on a tab; the
checkbox and the part that makes that tab the active one (especially when the
tabs have been shrunk down because I have 20 open).

While I'm blue-skying, I could see this being used for something like "Move
these tabs to new window."  Those URLs get closed in the current window and
re-opened as tabs in a new one.  And I second the bookmark group idea, although
I suggest extending that to saving that group of links to something other than
bookmarks.  There are often sites that I want to remember just for a couple days
that are not bookmark-worthy.  On windows that could be done as saving shortcuts
to a specified directory on the fs.   That sort of sounds like a new RFE, but I
can already drag 'n' drop from the URL box to the fs now; this would be mapping
it to multiple tabs in a similar way as other features specified in this bug.
QA Contact: sairuh → pmac

Comment 11

15 years ago
I don't think I'd use this for "close selected tabs" or for "bookmark selected
tabs", but I would use it for "move selected tabs to a new window".

Comment 12

15 years ago
> As far as interface goes, is there enough screen space for simple checkboxes?

When they're are a lot of tabs the existing tabs as drawn is congested enough -
we don't need another graphic.  However, the existing tab icon could easily be
changed to represent the fact that's it's selected (change it's colour and/or
the image used). 

Comment 13

15 years ago
Some people are questioning the use of this feature. They are correct that right
now it wouldn't be much good except for closing selected tabs, or closing all
tabs that aren't selected. There are, however, other features looming that would
make this much more useful, and that would be made much more useful by this feature.

One of these is bug 105855 about reordering and rearranging tabs. Another one is
bug 102132 , about moving content from a tab into a window, and from a window
into a tab, and moving tabs between windows.

The uses of this seem very obvious to me... you're browsing with several tabs
open, then you find yourself opening more and more tabs that are closely related
to one of the tabs. Perhaps you want to take several of the tabs and rearrange
them to be together. This would be made much easier by being able to select
multiple tabs. If your window is getting really crowded, you may want to take
half the tabs and put them into a different window, or make a new window with
them. This is also made much easier (and probably faster too) by being able to
select several tabs at once.

Tabbed browsing in mozilla is still at a relatively early stage in its
development compared to where it should be when it is "complete". These features
of multiple selection, tab reordering, and tab migration, are pretty basic
functionality for a tabbed interface, in my opinion. So we should be looking
forward, not getting stuck in the present. These things are coming, its now just
a matter of when. I for one, would prefer sooner rather than later... ;)

Comment 14

15 years ago
Well, now that Bug 103354 has been "fixed" by removing the "close other tabs" menu
item alltogether, this becomes a more plausible way to re-instate a way to close
all but one tab. Infact this way of doing things makes more sense in the long run.

Oh, a click+drag method for selecting multiple tabs would be ideal.
(Or is that another enhancement?)

Comment 15

15 years ago
personally I think clicking and dragging to select tabs is a bad idea. when I
drag a tab, I expect it to move. and hopefully someday it will.

Comment 16

15 years ago
Keith you might have a point.

It's better to think of tabs as a rather odd list view.

Then Ctrl+click makes sense to select multiple tabs one-by one.
But as well as ctrl+click you usually get shift-click modifier:
Select from last selected tab up to the shift-clicked tab.

This leaves the click-drag action free to re-arrage tabs, and drag to other windows.

Comment 17

15 years ago
*** Bug 222792 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


14 years ago
Blocks: 128632


13 years ago
Flags: blocking-aviary2.0?

Comment 18

12 years ago
*** Bug 318544 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
not going to do this in Firefox, leaving open since its a core bug so may apply to seamonkey.  Multiple selection of tabs is of limited use, and I think there's better things we can do with click handlers if we choose to expand them to tabbrowser tabs.
Flags: blocking-aviary2? → blocking-aviary2-


12 years ago
Flags: blocking-firefox2-

Comment 20

12 years ago
Why not make use of the new drop down menu in tab bar to add an option to manage open tabs? It could open a dialog listing all tabs with check buttons next to their names. Of course it will be possible to select/check multiple tabs via shift or control keys. Besides it would be possible to :
- select multiple tab for closing them,
- select multiple tab for bookmarking them,
- select multiple tab for moving them in a new (or another) window
- a more friendly interface to reorder tabs when a lot of them are open

(Maybe I should post a new bug to request enhancement)

Comment 21

10 years ago
For those interested in the feature. the Multiple Tab Handler extension, plus probably quite a few others, provides it.


10 years ago
Product: Core → SeaMonkey
Assignee: jag → nobody
QA Contact: pmac → tabbed-browser


8 years ago
Component: Tabbed Browser → Tabbed Browser
Depends on: 566510
Product: SeaMonkey → Firefox
QA Contact: tabbed-browser → tabbed.browser

Comment 22

8 years ago
Just to clarify, this is a bug filed for Seamonkey.

The related Firefox bug is bug 566510.
Component: Tabbed Browser → Tabbed Browser
No longer depends on: 566510
Product: Firefox → SeaMonkey
QA Contact: tabbed.browser → tabbed-browser
See Also: → bug 566510
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