How to quickly open multiple links in multiple tabs

This has got to be one of the most useful Firefox extensions I have ever seen. No more clicking links one by one and selecting Open Link in New Tab. Snap Links allows you to draw a box around the all the links you wish to open and have them open in multiple tabs all at once.

The latest version of Snap Links available from the Firefox Add-ons site is v0.0.4 which won’t work in Firefox 3. Thankfully Elad Karako has produced a modified version for Firefox 3.

Snap Links can be downloaded from http://snaplinks.tk. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the direct link to the XPI file to install it.

Once you have Snap Links installed, try visiting any web site that has multiple links. In this example I used the search box on Simple Help to search for N95. In these search results I’m going to open three links at the same time.


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Start by holding down the Right Mouse Button while dragging the cursor. You should see a green box being drawn in your browser window. Any links inside this green box will have a red box drawn around them. At this point you can press and hold the Alt key, while still holding down the Right Mouse Button to move the green selection box around.


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Release the Right Mouse Button and three new tabs should appear, each one displaying the contents of one of the links you selected.


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Now try holding down the Right Mouse Button, dragging the cursor to draw the green box, but this time pressing Ctrl before releasing the Right Mouse Button. This time you are presented with a menu.


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Try selecting Open Tabs in New Window.


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Now your selected links all open in a separate Firefox window. The rest of the options in the popup menu a fairly self explanatory.


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Once I got used to using Snap Links, I found that I couldn’t live without it. This extension is one of the first things I add after a re-install.

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