In Windows 7, you can drag a maximised window from one monitor to the next by dragging the titlebar. However, Firefox 4 now places tabs in the title bar when it's maximised. This means that when I try and drag my Firefox window to the other monitor I end up dragging a tab instead of the whole Firefox window.

It's quite annoying, as I'm used to "flicking" Windows from one monitor to the next. Does anyone know a way to stop Firefox from using the title bar for tabs?

  • leave feedback! ;) Jan 18, 2011 at 22:43
  • I figured I'd try to actually be helpful, so I downloaded 4 Beta 9, but it doesn't put the tabs in the titlebar when maximized. Did you have to set something to make it do that? Do you mean full screen mode? Jan 18, 2011 at 22:51
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    I had left feedback already and mentioned it on their forum too. However, thought I'd put it on here too - and glad I did, as it's paid off! Thanks for that! :-)
    – Dan
    Jan 19, 2011 at 8:33

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This is what I installed to fix this annoying behavior. Many thanks to the author!



Figured something out! If you turn on the menu bar, the maximized tabs in title bar behavior will stop! I always have menu on by default so I didn't notice. Right click in the tabs, and turn on the menu bar (file, edit view etc) and this will give you back regular behavior. Hope that helps!


open configuration editor (about:config), locate following value: browser.tabs.drawInTitlebar and set it to false


Either enabling the menu bar, or disabling tabs on top seems to be the only way. I wish we could get like 1 or 2 mm of title bar thats dragable with tabs still on top


Or right-click on the "+" near the right of the tab bar and un-select "Tabs on Top" if you don't want the menu bar. It will put the tabs back under the address bar where they used to be, but you'll have your title bar back.

Neither is really ideal for me. Wish we could have tabs on top but with flicking enabled when maximized! That's probably not possible though...

  • If I right-click on the "+", then I just see my bookmarks - I don't see the option you describe. I'm using beta10 if that makes a difference.
    – Dan
    Jan 31, 2011 at 14:53

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