Idea: Folding vertical browser tabs

I have no idea whether anyone has thought of this already, so please don’t sue me. Folding vertical browser tabs. The idea is to be able to fold and unfold tabs, thereby dividing the horizontal space available. This would enable you to not only browse more than one website at once, it would also make copy-pasting stuff easier. Or looking up stuff in a dictionary whilst reading a page that uses fancy words. And it would allow you to fully use the screen real estate on large displays.

The image is a very very crude (it took me only 10 minutes to make) mockup of the idea, based on Firefox. It has four tabs, with two of them ‘active’ (unfolded) and two ‘inactive’ (folded). Click the small version to see a higher resolution one. It should give you an idea of that I mean. Let me know what you think.

Roy | October 22, 2008 | English,ideas | Comments (14)
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14 Comments

  1. yes! yes! brilliant!!!

    Comment by brookie — October 24, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  2. Maxthon 2.0 has this feature. It is very handy! I love it!

    Comment by Aaron — October 28, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  3. Does this has any advantages over multiple browser windows?

    Comment by Pikiwedia — October 28, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  4. give 2500px wide screen and would try;)
    otherwise it will be a bit hard to navigate.

    Anyway – interesting idea

    Comment by chris — October 29, 2008 @ 7:43 am

  5. Maxthon indeed has something similar, although it appears to be a more rigid split screen option than what I have in mind.

    With multiple windows you can’t change from triple columns to a single one in two clicks without having to drag anything around.

    And 2500px? I’m at 3200 :)

    Comment by Roy — October 29, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

  6. very interesting idea! i’d love to see it applied to a website layout

    Comment by mel — October 30, 2008 @ 3:31 am

  7. excellent!!! want it now! haha

    Comment by sandra — November 2, 2008 @ 6:12 am

  8. i this downloadable??

    Comment by rexXxan — November 13, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  9. I’m sorry rexXxan, this is simply an idea I posted here. Perhaps someone will pick up on it and write a Firefox extension or soemthing…

    Comment by Roy — November 13, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  10. firefox Xtentions on the matter:
    1)Split Browser (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/4287)
    2)Split Pannel ( https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3275/ )
    3)Tricky Frames ( https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3153/ )

    Comment by altryne — November 13, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  11. brilliant… bloody nice concept… can’t wait to start seeing the tabs popping up and out…

    Comment by theusual — November 14, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  12. Great idea.
    Though I couldn’t help noticing your vanilla version of firefox, where’s the New tabs button, flagfoxs and foxmarks synch? haha

    Comment by mojd — November 16, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  13. Great idea. Maybe you could build your own browser with this feature inside. :)

    This is good for comparing and navigating to multiple sites. However, it must still be able to see 1 single screen at a time.

    Comment by Eric — January 29, 2009 @ 6:17 am

  14. This will be a great option when we have websites displayed on folding plastic displays. I would like he tabs to be at the top so I can read them better. It’s hard to read vertically.

    Comment by Suzanne Seale — July 11, 2009 @ 6:21 pm