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.
Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at firstname.lastname@example.org, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PCWorld Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.