I don’t know about you, but I keep a lot of tabs open in my Web browser (Google Chrome). For me it’s work thing: I’m constantly opening new tabs while I research various topics I plan to write about during the day (or even the days to come).
However, as with all browsers, Chrome tends to get sluggish the more tabs I keep open. Plus, more tabs equals more clutter: once I get to around 10, it gets difficult to sort through them and find what I’m looking for.
I just found the perfect remedy: OneTab. This ingenious Chrome extension converts all your open tabs into a single one, thus freeing up considerable memory and making Chrome (and perhaps your entire PC) run quite a bit faster.
Once installed, OneTab adds a little filter-like icon to the far end of Chrome’s address bar. Click it and every open tab disappears, replaced by, well, a OneTab tab. Within that you’ll find all your tabs in a convenient list; click any one of them to reopen that tab, or click Restore all if you want them all back.
You can also mouse over a list item, then remove it by clicking the X that appears (akin to closing its tab). Or, drag and drop tabs to reorder your list.
OneTab offers a few other features that could prove handy as well. You can import and export all the URLs, or even turn your list of tabs into a shared Web page with its own unique URL (complete with QR code).
Suppose, for example, you’ve been shopping online for a new laptop, and you want to share all your findings with your spouse. Instead of copying and pasting all the URLs into an e-mail, you could just create a OneTab Web page and e-mail that single link.
This is my new favorite Chrome extension. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.