Liquid Tabs

What is Liquid Tabs?

Liquid Tabs is a Firefox extension that animates the opening and closing of tabs, inspired by similar features coming to Firefox 4.

Liquid Tabs is the continuation of the “Smoothly Close Tabs” extension.  By popular request, the ability to animate opening tabs was added, and the extension was given  a more appropriate name.


Please visit Addons.Mozilla.Org to install.

What’s new in Version 1.3.1?

  • Updated settings window
    • Instead of vague sliders, you can use textboxes to directly specify the time  (in milliseconds) for tabs to open or close.
    • Similarly, replaced the frame rate (FPS) slider with a textbox.  Also added the word “maximum” because there is too much going on in Firefox during page open/close (especially with several other extensions loaded) to guarantee a minimum frame rate.
  • bugfix:  Settings would be zeroed out when re-opening the settings window under Linux.
  • bugfix: “High Priority” setting was not loaded when the browser loaded.

Version 1.3.0

  • Renamed to Liquid Tabs to reflect new and future functionality.
  • Nearly complete rewrite of the animation logic.  The new logic allows skipping of animation frames to complete the sequence in a consistent amount of time.
  • Added ability to animate opening tabs.
  • Separate animation speed and fading options for opening and closing tabs.

What’s Next?

It would be nice to have the tabs slide around as you drag a tab into a new position in the tab bar.  However, I’m not sure it can be done, and Firefox 4, the inspiration for this extension is closer than you think.

  1. Luke F.
    June 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    hey I dont know if this is just a problem for me, but when i open a new tab it seems the animation always starts when the tab is half appeared so the animation appears very jerky the first moment the tab appears. In other words it looks like half the animation isnt even happening it just appears half there then it finishes.

  2. Owen.C
    June 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    When I have an image open in a tab, the graphics when closing it all mess up. If you can’t reproduce I will be a bit more specific.

  3. Owen.C
    July 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Hello? Any help on that bug?

  4. John
    August 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Bug report
    When the browser is in fullscreen, the tab don’t show the text

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