Firefox gets a redesign with bigger, smoother tabs

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Mozilla launched a redesign for Firefox on Tuesday, and one of the changes you might notice first is a brand new look for tabs.

Firefox tabs are now larger than they used to be, and the one in focus will float above the toolbar at the top of the browser. In contrast, in Chrome or Safari, the tab that’s in focus looks like it’s tied directly to the toolbar.

Here’s a screenshot I took to give you a better idea of ​​what the new tabs look like.

And if you want to get an idea of ​​how much bigger the new tabs are in the new design, check out this screenshot a roadside employee took comparing the new with the old.

Left: new Firefox. Right: old Firefox.

Mozilla says this new freestanding design was created to encourage people to move their tabs. “We’ve disconnected the tab from the browser to invite you to move, rearrange, and pull tabs out to a new window to suit your flow, and organize them so you can find them more easily,” Mozilla said in a blog.

The new Firefox design also has some other changes. Mozilla has cleaned up the toolbar to make it a little less cluttered, which you can see in the images above. I think it’s a nice improvement, although I wish the new tabs and toolbar didn’t take up more vertical space in this new design.

The updated browser also has more streamlined menus, which you can check out below:

New menus in the updated Firefox.
Image: Mozilla

You can get a tour of the updated Firefox – and yes, a look at the new, larger tabs – in this video from Mozilla: