I've used the scroll button for selecting pages in my favourites to open up in a new tab for a while now. However, one time I missed the intended favourite link and selected a folder with favourites in instead. And lo and behold, it opened up each of the links contained in the folder in a new tab. I managed to crash my browser doing that as it wanted to open all at once about 30 tabs. Not very healthy.

I have found some use for it however. Just as Dylan's tip lets you have multiple home pages start up in seperate tabs, once the tabs are closed, I now use my 'folder scroll button click trick' to open up those 5 or so pages again, ready to be viewed in seperate tabs.

Wirehead says:

I *normally* open 30-50 tabs at once using Tabbrowser Extensions. It's probably the single coolest extension for FF, but it gets revised on practically a biweekly basis and can be a little unstable. It makes tabbed browsing the default behavior of FF, among MANY, MANY other cool features.

OneNight says:

30-50 tabs at once? You have 2gb of RAM? Actually looking at your other posts, you just might have, seeing as you like technology so much.

I try and limit myself and have at max only about 15-20 tabs going at once. I only have 384mb of RAM, running WinXP Pro. And FF eats up RAM like never before. So I have to be a little careful.

Also, on a practical matter of having say 40 tabs open, by the time you have read them all the information on the last few pages could already have updated.

And yeah, extensions/plugins are whats keeping me with FF.

Wirehead says:

Total of 2.5GB in the house, but it's on 3 different machines. Laptop has 1GB DDR2 533, desktop has a gig of DDR400, Linux box has 512 (got the whole system for free, woot).

But that really has nothing to do with it. Firefox soaks up only about 160MB of RAM with ~50 or so tabs open. When my laptop had 512MB, I did the same thing and it worked fine.

This is one of the major convenience features for me about FireFox. I have about 40 sites that I read on a daily basis, and each of them generally generates one or two other links that I open in a new background tab, which is how I arrive at the "50 or 60" number. I have all of the bookmarks in one folder called "Daily Reading". I just rightclick that folder and click "open in tabs" and they all open up and load. It's great (thanks for the tip, Mboffin). Also, no one has yet convinced me of any great benefit to RSS as far as my reading habits are concerned, so that doesn't really enter the picture.

If you're having trouble, you should ensure you're not starting unnecessary services that soak up RAM (laptops, by the way, are absolutely OVERRUN with cheesy TSR's installed by the manufacturer and it's hard to tell which ones you can kill). Also make sure your swap file is optimized - a quick'n dirty way to do so: go to My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Performance > Settings > Advanced > Virtual Memory > Change and turn off the paging file entirely. Reboot your system, defrag the hard drive two or three times (Windows defragger doesn't do the most thorough job in the world - you could install a DiskKeeper demo for this step too, which is a lot faster - in fact, just do that). Then set the swap file to a custom size about 2x or 2.5x your total RAM (i.e. 512MB RAM should give you a 1.2 GB or so swap file size). Set the "minimum" and "maximum" sizes to the same number so that the swap file is basically "locked" at one size. This keeps it from getting fragmented again. Then reboot your system and see how your performance is.

If you have multiple drives or partitions set up, you can also set up a dedicated swap partition, which improves things a touch more (particularly if the swap partition is on a whole separate physical drive).

bob says:

Bah! Only 2.5 gigs of ram?

jpwain says:

I don't think I've ever, in the whole 2.5 years I've been using Firefox in its various forms, ever had more than 10 tabs open.

Also I am fan of RSS.

bob says:

I one accidentally hit the "open in tabs" button on the slate.com rss feed. Hoo-boy that was a lot of tabs to close.

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