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Currently in Chrome I have some 40+ tabs open. It's a bit annoying because most of the time I'm interested in only a subset of them based on what I'm working on. What I want to know is, is there some easy way I can set up the browser (any browser, I don't care) to just open up the tabs I want, or even better, just save the configuration of tabs in the browser window for each window? For example, if I have a window with 40+ tabs, move a tab to a new window and add a few more, if I close the first window first and then the second later, Chrome only remembers the tabs for the last window closed.
This is really annoying. I don't want to bookmark each tab and put them into separate categories, I want the browser to ask me "what collection of tabs do you want me to open?" and simply create collections automatically by how they're organized in different browser windows.
that's what i do. and i posted that document on blogger.com so i can get to it any time i want. even when, like today for example, my ISP has suspended my account because their CPU usage limits are too low.
But the real culprit is the CodeProject Daily News mail. I receive it at the beginning of the day, and as soon as I start reading it I always open all its links on background tabs. I read some, then get back to do work and the others just stay sitting there for the whole day until I can read them again. Poor lonely, forgotten tabs.
I usually have 2 emails open (Gmail and Hotmail), 1 for gaming news, 1 for Code Project, 1 for StackOverflow, 1 for Google, so thats 6 at least, most of the time I have 10 open at the very minimum, and when it reaches 30+, I start closing the ones that I haven't any interest in anymore, and for the ones I do have interest in, I put them in my Google Bookmarks, and then close them.
I don't know if it helps Marc but in FF you can categorize bookmarks
I know I can categorize them, but that's numerous clicks and so forth, and really, I just want the browser god to ask me, which window with its set of tabs do you want to open. Show me the list of windows that I had open and the tabs in those windows, and I'll be happy! Maybe the "recently closed" selection in Chrome sort of does that already, it just isn't the easiest way to go about this, IMO.
I know I can categorize them, but that's numerous clicks and so forth,
Yeah I figured you would and it is a pain to have to go through the process of bookmarking each one.
To bad you can't bulk select a bunch of tabs and bookmark them that way it would still require some extra work but it would help?
I was intrigued by your problem, as I have wished in the past for a way to bulk save tabs so I could come back later to research and found in FF that if you right click on a tab one of the options is to "Bookmark All Tabs...". It will then ask you for a destination and you can go back later as I mentioned above and open all tabs.
I've got a similar problem.
When I'm researching a new topic I'll open up many links trying to find the best information but then need to save that session so I can recall it later.
I've been looking at a few chrome extensions and one I can recommend is TabCloud[^].
This allows you to label all tabs in a window and reopen them again later in a single click.
It also uses your google account so syncs across all your computers.
TabCloud looked very interesting so I tried it but it doesn't work on WIn7 64-bit gets a Can't connect to server error message but did look promising.
I found in FF that if you right click a tab one of the options is "Bookmark All Tabs...", it will ask you for a destination folder then you can come back later and select the "Open All in Tabs" option from the Bookmark menu. Glad the post was started I never knew about this option and it will come in very handy in the future.
I think you should try the Firefox tab management before jumping to conclusions. I use it everyday, having my tabs arranged by my various projects. All it takes is 2 clicks to swap between sets of tabs.
Setting it up couldn't be easier. Click the Group Tab button, double click and now you're in a new tab group. To swap to another, click the button and choose which group to load.
I seriously doubt you're going to find anything easier or more useful for managing tabs right now. I too keep on the lookout for time saving ways to manage tabs etc and this really is the best thing out there that I've come across.
You can try an extension called 'Tab Sugar' for Chrome, which is supposed to do the same thing, but it was buggy the last time I tried it.
I hope this works out for you. If not, please post if you find something better.
Yes. If a tab is important to you, bookmark it; if not, close it. No one needs 40 tabs open at the same time.
As I wrote Max above, tabs are my bookmarks, but perhaps you are right. Still, it's such a pain to set up bookmarks, categories, etc, which are displayed in stupid folder lists when what I want is something more like Mind Manager where I can draw associations between pages, make notes on the bookmarks, and the bookmark manager is Chrome is computer specific so my bookmarks on one computer don't automatically appear on the other. Yes, there probably are obvious solutions to these problems, but yet again, why can't this just be done right, so that I don't have to think about!
I don't know what Chrome you are using, but that's not how mine is...
Well, maybe it needs a bit to sync, but I noticed that on my laptop (I actually tested this before I wrote the post) the bookmark manager on my laptop displays a completely different folder structure and contents than on my desktop.
That's odd. My laptop at home and my desktop at work have the exact same set of bookmarks and folders. And I can just right click on a folder and it gives the option to either open all, open all in new window, or open all in incognito window.
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I am sure I am missing the point, but I do this through bookmarks. I save important links to my bookmarks bar in folders by project/business need. I duplicate bookmarks where necessary. I then simply right click and "Open all bookmarks" and get my specific setup for whatever I am working on. I sync all of this using Xmarks in Chrome, IE and Firefox so my links list is the same no matter what browser I am working on and what computer I am working on. It couldn't be much easier.
Chrome makes a negligible effort to sync bookmarks across machines, but when I started regularly using two machines a few weeks ago I installed an old favourite, Xmarks[^]. It still had bookmarks I set like five years and as many machines ago.
Well I don't know if it's quite what you want, but Firefox has tab groups, there's a button next to the minimize/maximize/close buttons that opens up the menu for that. Then instead of switching/closing windows you would just switch tab groups.
I juggle 50 or more tabs in multiple windows on a daily basis. Depending on what you're trying to do, this might help.
You can drag a tab off the current window and Chrome creates a new window, or you can drag tabs over to an existing window.
Organize tabs into separate windows of related pages. Then go to one of those windows, right click on a tab and select "Bookmark All Tabs."
Give your tab collection a useful name. All of the open tabs *in the current window* will be bookmarked in a folder with that name. It's important that you save this to your Other Bookmarks menu, not the tab bar (there's a bug in Chrome).
When you want those tabs, just right-click on the bookmark *folder* and select "Open All Bookmarks in New Window."
The Bookmark Manager is much improved in recent builds of Chrome. I use it frequently to tidy up and clear out old bookmarks.
Hi Marc, I am currently using the "Session Manager" extension for Chrome, and find that useful for organizing sessions/tabs.
There's a Chrome Store page listing other extensions similar to Session Manager: [^].
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I cannot see why it would be hard to implement... Essentially most multi-tab browsers now have a separate process for each tab, but they must have some way of telling which tab is active in order for it to display in a raised state. So it is not at all impossible, they cannot even state the memory requirements would be too high, as storing a url as compared with storing all the garbage that most webpages contain is like adding a grain of sand to a mountain. All they need to do once they have the active tab is extrapolate the url and add it to a tab-group.
Far more worrying for me is the implementation of having 10+ tabs open at one time in Windows 8. It is a nightmare to navigate through without using [OS]/[ALT]+[TAB] (I believe my win8 does not allow [WIN]+[TAB], but [ALT]+[TAB] works great... theyFail!)
Go for Opera. It has tab groups done right (unlike Firefox).
You basically just drag a tab on top of another tab and you have a group.
On top of that Opera also has sessions, so you can save and restore multiple windows with mutliple tab(group)s.
+1 for Opera. I currently have 60 or more opened tabs in Opera right now.
With Opera, you can:
- Group tabs by drag and drop a tab onto another, or onto another group of tabs.
- Collapse / expand groups of tags.
- Save tabs set into what is called "sessions" for later reopening them.
- Opera reopens your tabs when it restarts.
Note that Opera was the first browser introducing tabs.
Some other pretty good functions of the opera browser:
- has en integrated email client (and not simply another email client: it is the best I have ever seen. Outlook is not a good email client in comparison).
- news groups,
- rss feeds
- Opera is better than dedicated email clients, rss feeds and news groups readers. And I tried lots of them.
- Very good download manager.
- Popup blocker that works pretty well.
- Some sites are unreadable (wrong colors or fonts). Get rid of this ugly page rendering with a single click on a toolbar button.
- Easily transfer your settings from one PC to another, for example when you clean install from Windows 7 to Windows 8, which I just did yesterday: I got my 60+ opened tabs on windows 8 like the day before on Windows 7, with all my contacts, emails, mail accounts, past emails (10 years+), passwords, etc.
Actually, Opera has all the functions of Chrome, + much more.
I use Chrome mainly for debugging purposes, or when I need to open a site with another account.
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