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I've used primarily Firefox's built-in session management until recently. Now my needs have become more sophisticated. What I want is to be able to have two windows, one with a fixed set of tabs (approximately five) and the other with "automatic save".

That is, when I start Firefox, I want one window to open with my five tabs, and another to open with whatever I had when I shut down Firefox. I've installed "Session Manager", but I can't seem to get it to do what I want. It will save one window, but when I close one window, it removes that one from the session.

How do I do this with either Session Manager or another plugin?

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Just make sure "Tools > Options > Main > Startup > When Firefox starts > show my windows and tabs from last time" is selected and that you close Firefox from "File > Exit" so you close all windows. If you close Firefox windows separetely Firefox will only bring back the last closed window.

This was my set-up, but now I just use one window, together with the FaviconizeTab addon to strip the titles from all tabs, and leave the permanent tabs at the lefmost postions. This way, I don't have to switch between Firefox windows.

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This was the answer I was looking for! Firefox has built-in session management that will do what I need, but all session managers work the same way. When you close FF by closing each window individually, they remove that window from the session. I did not realize that choosing File->Exit would shut down FF completely. Thank you! –  Matthew Talbert Oct 11 '09 at 1:52
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It should work with the Tab Mix Plus add-on. It comes with its own session manager.

Tab Mix Plus (TMP) is a very popular extension for the Mozilla Firefox browser that enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured Session Manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows.

I think that, in the windows with the predefined set of tabs, you'd have to use the command "Protect tab" (or "Freeze" or "Lock", by right-click on the tab) for the tab you want to keep.

Protected tab: A tab that is prevented from closing. You can load other sites in the tab and browse to other URLs in the tab. Notice that the close button is missing from the right side of the tab, so you cannot close the tab. If you try to close Firefox, you will get a warning message about closing the protected tab.

Locked tab: A tab that is prevented from navigating to another page or URL. Your tab is locked on the current page or URL. Nothing new can load in the tab, but you can refresh the same page. All links will open in a new tab (link, history, bookmark, etc.). Notice that the close button is available, so you can close a locked tab.

Frozen tab: A tab that is both locked and protected. It will not close and nothing new can be loaded in it. You will not be able to navigate away from the current page. All links will open in a new tab (link, history, bookmark, etc.) Notice that the close button is missing from the right side of the tab, so you cannot close the tab. If you try to close Firefox, you will get a warning message about closing the protected tab.

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There is an add-on here that you can use:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/save-my-tabs/

You can quickly recover the tabs which are automatically saved as a .txt file.

You can then use for example http://linkopener.com to open them all

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Perhaps a session manager add-on + PermaTabs would get you there. Only thing might be that it would open the permanent tabs plus your last session in the same window -- I don't know, you'd have to check it out.

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I'm not sure how PermaTabs would really help. I can already save the tabs I want in a bookmark folder, then "Open All in Tabs". This is my current approach. –  Matthew Talbert Sep 24 '09 at 21:37
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If you set "Tools > Options > Main > Startup > When Firefox starts > Show my windows and tabs from last time". There is also an add-on that adds a toolbar button to "Exit Firefox" to close and save all windows.

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