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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #75 on: February 09, 2016, 12:31:06 PM »
Why are they eliminating every good feature?
I'm seriously considering switching to chrome at this point
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #76 on: February 09, 2016, 03:39:11 PM »
:( :( :(

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tab-groups-removal
In the article there are 3 very important points.
  • ANy existing tabs in groups will become bookmarks. What a pain.
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    All your existing Tab Groups will be bookmarked automatically and stored in the Bookmarks folder. You will be able to access them by clicking the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 in the toolbar.
  • There is an add-on already available which uses the current code to keep the feature.
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    If you want a direct replacement for the Tab Groups feature, try the Tab Groups add-on. It was created directly from the Firefox code and works just like the current feature. It will be as if the feature was not removed from Firefox. This add-on aims to fully replace Tab Groups in Firefox, providing a similar and hopefully even enhanced experience. You can install Tab Groups from the Add-ons website.
  • By installing this add-on before the update (not sure if I would call it an upgrade) it wil take over the tab feature already now and the tabs will not become bookmarks.
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    If you install the add-on before you update to Firefox 45:
    • Your Firefox Tab Groups will be automatically migrated to the add-on.
    • Firefox won't turn your groups to bookmarks as described above.
If the only difference is the need to use an add-on then it is not so bad.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2016, 05:58:49 PM by aygart »
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #77 on: February 09, 2016, 05:43:11 PM »
Cool! I don't remember reading that section before - so either they changed the article, or I'm losing it. Or both.
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #78 on: April 10, 2016, 05:37:44 PM »
How can I tell how many open tabs I have without using an add-on or extension?

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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #79 on: April 11, 2016, 03:38:40 AM »
How can I tell how many open tabs I have without using an add-on or extension?
Go to about:preferences, check "Warn me when closing multiple tabs".  Then attempt to close firefox :)
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #80 on: May 01, 2016, 03:14:05 PM »
Go to about:preferences, check "Warn me when closing multiple tabs".  Then attempt to close firefox :)
That is scary, but it works.  Nice to have you back.

Re RESTORE does not open closed tabs after a crash:
1. slightly possible that two new browsing sessions were opened instead of one so I need the ante-previous session restored (two back).
2.  alt>history>show all history>import and backup>restore> [choose] today  =This shows today's date on the list with the number of tabs that were closed (I won't tell you how many  :o )>[press] OK = This gives "This will replace all of your current bookmarks with the backup. Are you sure?"         
 After pressing OK, I don't see any tabs on the screen.  Why does the message change the word from 'tabs' in history to 'bookmarks'? 
   
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #81 on: May 01, 2016, 05:51:14 PM »
That is scary, but it works.  Nice to have you back.

Re RESTORE does not open closed tabs after a crash:
1. slightly possible that two new browsing sessions were opened instead of one so I need the ante-previous session restored (two back).
2.  alt>history>show all history>import and backup>restore> [choose] today  =This shows today's date on the list with the number of tabs that were closed (I won't tell you how many  :o )>[press] OK = This gives "This will replace all of your current bookmarks with the backup. Are you sure?"         
 After pressing OK, I don't see any tabs on the screen.  Why does the message change the word from 'tabs' in history to 'bookmarks'? 
   
WHat I have sometimes been able to do is to intentionally "crash" FF by closing it via the end task in windows task manager. This brings up the restore session window with a list of available sessions to restore. I then choose the most recent one with all tabs.
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #82 on: May 01, 2016, 05:56:56 PM »
WHat I have sometimes been able to do is to intentionally "crash" FF by closing it via the end task in windows task manager. This brings up the restore session window with a list of available sessions to restore. I then choose the most recent one with all tabs.
Cool! I'll keep that in mind :)

FWIW you can skip the task manager by typing this into the Run box:
Code: [Select]
taskkill /f /im firefox.exe
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #83 on: May 01, 2016, 06:20:26 PM »


Cool! I'll keep that in mind :)

FWIW you can skip typing this into the Run box:
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taskkill /f /im firefox.exeby using the task manager
FTFY

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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #84 on: May 01, 2016, 06:51:18 PM »
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #85 on: May 03, 2016, 10:58:26 AM »
Is there a way to extract my open tabs from sessionstore.js? I backed up my profile and made a new one, and had about 10 open tabs that I want to reopen. I opened sessionstore.js but it contains about 500 urls... does that make sense?
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #86 on: May 03, 2016, 11:16:20 AM »
Is there a way to extract my open tabs from sessionstore.js? I backed up my profile and made a new one, and had about 10 open tabs that I want to reopen. I opened sessionstore.js but it contains about 500 urls... does that make sense?
can you share the js?  you sure its not sorted somehow?
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #87 on: May 03, 2016, 12:33:08 PM »
can you share the js?  you sure its not sorted somehow?
I was having a hard time parsing it in Sublime because it's too large. I just pasted it into http://jsoneditoronline.org/ and it's really helpful!

It looks like
Window = each FF window
Tabs = each tab (includes the full history of that tab!)
Entry = each history item (the first one in the list is the current one)
URL = the url of it

I was able to expand each node and copy out the url I needed.

Theres also a section for Closed Tabs. This file is mighty useful and interesting, once you are able to read it!!

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #88 on: May 03, 2016, 12:54:51 PM »
WHat I have sometimes been able to do is to intentionally "crash" FF by closing it via the end task in windows task manager. This brings up the restore session window with a list of available sessions to restore. I then choose the most recent one with all tabs.
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Re: Firefox master thread
« Reply #89 on: May 03, 2016, 01:19:11 PM »
Okay that job is done and I highly recommend it to anyone whose Firefox has gotten slow over the years (or months). My Firefox is MUCH faster now, B"H!

What: Creating a new FF profile and importing all old data.

Steps:
  • Sign in to Firefox Sync (if you haven't yet done so) and make sure it's synced.
  • Optionally: make a list of your open tabs, to save time for later.
  • Go to about:addons, and for each extension that has an Options button, click it, and if you see any options that you've changed, write them down or take a screenshot or something. Note: you only need to do this for extensions whose settings show in the addons page (the url will show "about:addons"), and not extensions whose settings are on the extension's website, or in a popup.
  • Visit this link: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/refresh-firefox-reset-add-ons-and-settings and click the blue RESET FIREFOX button.
  • When it's done, close Firefox
  • Copy the places.sqlite file from your old profile (on your desktop) to the new one (see "how to find my profile" in this link.
  • Open firefox, and sign in to firefox sync. You should get back your tabs, bookmarks, history, addons etc.
  • If you don't get your open tabs back, either reopen them from your saved list, or find the sessionstore.js file in your old profile folder, and see my post above for instructions on how to pull out the list of tabs.
  • Restart Firefox (this will finish installing your addons that you just got back)
  • Go to about:addons, and reapply your settings
  • Some addons (eg: lastpass) may require you to log in again.

All done!

(Not liable for any lost data, though I did not lose any of mine B"H)
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