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Enabling Aero Peek for Firefox

Posted: Friday, March 12th, 2010 by Gene

I’m a huge fan of Firefox.  It’s far and away my browser of choice, and version 3.6 was just released this week.  If you’re running Windows 7 (and you should be, it’s everything that Vista should have been and more), you’re probably familiar with Aero Peek: It gives you the ability to mouse over the running applications in your taskbar and, if you’ve got (mostly) Windows applications like Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and (some, supported) non-Microsoft programs, you can mouse over the icon for the application and see the multiple running instances of it and see what’s open.  If you mouse over Internet Explorer, for example, you can see what websites you’re connected to, even if it’s in tabs in the same instance of IE.

Well, Firefox 3.6 has a “hidden” option that will allow you to do the same thing.  If you open a new tab in Firefox and type in “about:config” (without quotes) in the address bar and scroll down until you find browser.taskbar.previews.enable.  Right-click on it then click “toggle.”  This will enable the functionality and, best of all, it doesn’t even require a restart of Firefox!


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