If you’re using a modern web browser, chances are you’ve got a few tabs open at the same time. Most certainly, there are too many of them. Is fine because they can be used to compare pages, keep note of the stuff you wish to read later, or just keep track of your efforts.
It’s just that they’re so helpful that using them can rapidly become a burdensome experience. Within the first 30 minutes of sitting down at your computer, you’ve opened 60 different tabs in an attempt to locate the one you’re looking for. The worst-case scenario is that your computer restarts and the embedded session save fails, causing you to lose all of your open tabs.
Let us reassure you that there have been ways to manage your tabs so that they serve as an aid rather than a detriment to your life. Your browser and third-party add-ons can help you control the number of tabs you have open.
With the introduction of Google’s new Tab Groups feature, it’s now easier to keep track of multiple groups of open Chrome tabs. By selecting Add tab to a new group from the context menu of a right-clicked tab, you can give the tab a name and modify its color. For example, you may have several groups for different projects or separate groups for personal and professional browsing. The experimental features of Chrome may need to be enabled in the “chrome:/flags” experimental options if you don’t already have them enabled.)
When a tabcandy group is clicked on, it can be expanded or collapsed. Using the right-click menu, you can close a grouping or release the tabs within it, just like you can reinstate dismissed tabs by using the History or Recently Closed settings in Chrome.
The other main browsers don’t have tab management features as advanced as Chrome. You can pin a page to the left side of the screen to save space and allow the most critical ones close at hand by right-clicking on it. However, this should only be done sparingly, as you don’t want to wind up with as many pin tabs as you do regular ones.
There’s also a tab search feature in Chrome that helps you quickly locate a specific tab if you have too many open at once. To use it, simply type “Ctrl+Shift+T” and start typing the title of the page you’re looking for. This is a lifesaver when you’re trying to find a specific tab among a dozen or more.
In any browser, it’s a good idea to keep distinct windows open for different tab groups.
Bookmarks are another browser functionality that you may not be used to its full potential. Bookmark folders are a great way to keep track of all the tabs you’ve recently visited. Folders for each project, read-it-later folders, or even distinct work and home ones are all options for organizing your professional and personal files. In any configuration, the goal is to avoid having too many tabs open at the same time.
Because of the extension’s built-in database, you can go back to any open tab and pick up where you left off later without having to start over from scratch. There’s also a built-in search function, so you can quickly find tabs if you need to return to them.