One of the things that Alex Faaborg presented back in July was a mockup of what a cool tab switching (Ctrl+Tab) interface would look like in a browser. As it stands right now no versions of Firefox have an advanced interface for switching between tabs, but that could become a thing of the past.

Mozilla Links noticed that work has already begun on Ctrl+Tab replacement system for Firefox, and it might make its way into the final release of Firefox 3. The great thing is that a preview is currently available as an extension which can be installed on any pre-release version of Firefox 3.

Once you get it up and running you’ll notice that pressing Ctrl+Tab on the keyboard presents you with a slick looking interface that has a thumbnail image for each of your open tabs:

Firefox 3 Ctrl Tab
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It doesn’t stop there though. The drop-down menu on the tab bar has changed it’s appearance. Clicking on it will bring up a visual display of all your open tabs, and you can use the Filter box to quickly find a site according to its title:

Firefox 3 Tab Switcher
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Don’t get your hopes up if you want to see this in Firefox 3. It seems a bit late in the game to throw such a big feature in for the first time, but as long as it is offered as an extension I don’t mind. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. ;)