Closed Bug 1790633 Opened 2 years ago Closed 2 years ago

Firefox View should not appear as hidden tab in tab manager


(Firefox :: Tabbed Browser, defect)




Tracking Status
firefox106 --- affected


(Reporter: soeren.hentzschel, Unassigned)


(Blocks 1 open bug)


(Whiteboard: [fidefe-2022-mr1-firefox-view])


(1 file)

Attached image screenshot


  1. open the tab manager (arrow button at the end of the tab strip)
  2. see the hidden tabs menu


Firefox View is listed as hidden tab.


Since Firefox View is not hidden it shouldn't be listed as hidden tab in the tab manager.

(The screenshot is in German, sorry for that. "Ausgeblendete Tabs" is "Hidden Tabs".)

Blocks: firefox-view
Type: task → defect
Component: Firefox View → Tabbed Browser
Whiteboard: [fidefe-2022-mr1-firefox-view]

It is in fact a hidden tab, with a button acting as the access point. This allows for the button to be removed from or moved within toolbars. But it also means that the tab context menu isn't directly available from button; the hidden tabs view offers alternative access to the context menu. So I don't think we should somehow treat Firefox View differently than we would treat other hidden tabs, nor do I think we should change the fact that it uses a hidden tab.

Closed: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

It may be a hidden tab from a technical POV, but from a user's POV it is not hidden, making this a confusing user experience. This should not be the case especially since the tab manager is now also enabled by default, making this user interface element more prominent than before. Firefox View is in fact different than really hidden tabs, therefore it should be treated differently.

It's also not clear to me why this access point is needed at all. It's pinned to the tab strip by default AND there is still another entry point with the menu bar.

It's also not clear to me why the context menu with options like "pin", "clone", "mute" or "share" is relevant for Firefox View. Most options make sense for websites but not really for Firefox View.

But if you think it should be included in the tab manager, then it should not be listed as hidden tab at least because that's just not true (again: from the user's POV; it's not about technical implemention details). Just add it at the first level of the tab manager. Then it still takes space that I would like to use for one more tab instead but at least it's not wrong and therefore confusing.

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