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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: [^].
"We live in a world ruled by fictions: mass merchandising, advertising, politics as advertising, instant translation of science, technology, into popular imagery, increasing blur of identity in realms of consumer goods, preempting any free, original, imaginative, response to experience by the television screen. We live in an enormous novel. For a writer it's less necessary to invent a novel's fictional content: fiction's already there. A writer's task is to invent a reality." J. G. Ballard, 1974
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.
Maybe I'm missing something but you can bookmark all open tabs as a group using "Add Current Tabs to Favorites". The next time you open your browser you just right click the folder in Favorites and select "Open in Tab Group".
Admittedly for each window you would have to select a separate folder to open but it seems like that would meet your needs.
This assumes you're using IE.
...the only browser we are allowed in my office (corporate environments are awesome!)
I made a browser while I was still in college that allowed you to save all open tabs to a "tab list". Then you had a drop down of your "tab lists", and once you selected one, it automatically opened all of those tabs. This was before tabbed browsing had gotten very big, my teacher's jaw was on the floor.
Cool story, huh?
I guess I should make a plugin to do this junk, it was pretty neat. It would be even cooler if your "tab list" only took up one spot in the tab row, and allowed you to go through its child tabs like a drop-down menu when you hovered over it. I haven't made any browser plugins yet, though. I guess it's time to learn, haha.
Instead of keeping tabs open somewhere or bookmarking articles/pages only to forget them until they are outdated, I use Simpleology[^] DreamCatcher (via browser addon) for storing and reminding me them as soon as I am ready to build a new working plan.
This process also gives me time for my initial curiosity to calm down, which occasionally result in me cancelling the decision to read that particular page and save some valuable time. Best part is, all those tabs are out of sight until I want to re-evaluate/read them, uncluttering my browser AND my mind.
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