Pinned Tabs - keep favorite websites open and just a click away

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Pinned Tabs allow you to always keep your favorite web apps open and just a click away. Pinned Tabs are small, can't be closed accidentally, and open automatically when you start Firefox. This article goes over the features of Pinned Tabs and will show you how to use them.

Why should I use Pinned Tabs?

The internet is full of websites that we use more like programs than just static pages. Popular sites like web mail or social networks are like this – they're used for accomplishing tasks (or to avoid accomplishing tasks), they update themselves and notify you when they've changed. Pinned Tabs allow you to pin any website to the left side of the Tab Strip so that it's always available.

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How do I make a Pinned Tab?

The easiest way to see how useful Pinned Tabs are is to make one.

  • Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on the tab you want to pin and select Pin Tab from the menu.

Try it out: Try turning one of your favorite websites (email, internet radio, social networks…) into a Pinned Tab. They're easy to create and super handy.

How do I remove a Pinned Tab?

Turning a Pinned Tab back into a regular tab is simple.

  • Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on the Pinned Tab and select Unpin Tab from the menu.

How are Pinned Tabs different than normal tabs?

  • Pinned Tabs are small – only showing the site's icon, not its title – and they live on the left side of the Tab Strip.
  • Pinned Tabs don't have a close button, so you can't accidentally close them.
    • You can still close them by right-clickingControl-clicking on them and selecting Close Tab from the menu.
  • Pinned Tabs notify you with a green dot when they change.
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  • All of the Pinned Tabs you have set when you close Firefox will open as Pinned Tabs when you start Firefox again.
  • Links to other websites open in a new tab so that your Pinned Tab doesn't change.
    • Many web apps already do this, but a Pinned Tab will make this happen even when the website isn't set to do it.

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