Firefox Launches More Experimental Features Including PageShot, Min Vid and Tracking Protection


Mozilla Firefox launches experimental features.

As part of Mozilla’s Test Pilot program, three new experimental features have been launched. Mozilla’s test pilot program gives users early access to some amazing features which is still in development phase and would be launched in future as part of official installers.

In the beginning of this year, Mozilla launched this program with some great features such as:

  • Universal Search
  • Tab Center
  • No More 404s
  • Activity Stream

Along with the above, another three features is introduced now:

  • Page Shot
  • Min Vid
  • Tracking Protection

Here is a quick look at the new features. The features you can experience it after installation (installation guide at end of this article).

Page Shot

Mozilla introduced on-the-fly page-shot while you are browsing the web. Just with a click of a button in a tool bar. So you don’t need to reply on the operating system’s screenshot feature. Page Shot gives you option to select an area for the shot and you can directly share the image via social networking sites. The Page Shot uses for storing the images.



A Quick Video of Page Shot in action

Min Vid

Min Vid features allows you to play tube videos in a smaller window on top of tabs so that you can continue watching the videos while browsing other tabs, do other work. This neat feature currently works with YouTube and Vimeo only and plans are there to extend to the popular sites.





A Quick Video of Min Vid

Tracking Protection

Currently he tracking protection is only available for Firefox private browsing mode. Now with Tracking Protection experimental feature, it is available for general browsing and for all websites. You can however, enable/disable it site-to-site basis if you want.

Other Features

Tab Center

A list of open tabs on the left side with search feature. This is very useful for wide-screen monitors. The tab window can also be made to autohide.


Activity Streams

A list of your recent history is shown in a different way with sharing feature. Instead of showing conventional history with only links, it shows some descriptions, thumbnails and a sharing option with more tools which you may want to do with the link.




How to enable all these features

Open from Firefox. Install the Test Pilot extension. Then install specific feature you want to experience.

Once installed you can find it in the toolbar. You can directly enable/disable the features from the tool bar.






The experimental features are indeed awesome. But remember they are still in development phase and you may find bugs. Performance wise, these features may slow down the overall Firefox browsing experience. But it is worth to experience. Drop a comment which is your favourite feature.


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  • Saveri Pal

    Can you also writre about the other features you mentioned –
    Universal search and no more 404?

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  • I think tab bar has no place in 2016.

    • KERR

      Disagree – most monitors are widescreen aspect which is great for watching movies etc, but it wastes a heap of space on many websites on the sides. For an example, on my computer, this site’s content only takes up about the middle 50% of my screen (ignoring ads)

  • Tom

    “So you don’t need to reply on the operating system’s screenshot feature.”

    Whaaa? That’s backwards. The operating system has these features so we don’t need to rely on each individual application implementing it! There’s a lot more popular applications in the world today than there are popular operating systems.

    I bet this is also why all the text editing keyboard shortcuts are always broken in Firefox. Compatibility between Firefox on different operating systems is for some reason more important to them than compatibility with the platform it’s running on right now. They implement the subset common to all platforms (i.e., the arrow keys), and ignore all the rest.

    • Bob C

      Thanks, but I would rather keep by selections local (where I can use them as I like).

      On the other hand, how else is supposed to get any traffic?

      “The Page Shot uses for storing the images.”

    • Lie Ryan

      The OS screenshot feature can’t take a screenshot of a long webpage that requires scrolling. There is a place and need for app-specific screenshot feature.

      From reading PageShot’s GitHub page ( and Ian Bicking’s blog post (, it seems the intent of the project is to experiment on sharing web pages, i.e. the PageShot website/service is the focus of the experiment not the screenshot addon.

      PageShot overarching plan seems to be not just sharing images/screenshots, but actually sharing the entire page as a static version of HTML page (with scripts and other dynamic elements removed). It’s a bit like a cross between pastebin, imgur,, and save as MHT/MAF.

      • KERR

        Could be like how they integrated pocket? Although I think that seemed to die off?

    • KERR

      I think the pageshot feature will be useful for me – especially when using facebook messenger or slack. Currently i have to take a screenshot, then save it somewhere (remember where it’s saved), upload file to facebook/slack, find the file, then off it goes. I like the idea of expiry too, often a screenshot is only needed for a few moments.

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