When you’re working on something, it’s not unusual to have several tabs open in your Internet browser window. Multitasking is easy to do with tabs. Sometimes, though, those tabs seem to get a little out of control.
You have to click through all of your tabs before you find the one you want. That’s a huge waste of time. If you want to keep your browser tabs organized and be a more efficient worker, take advantage of these tools and tricks.
These tips are all specifically for Google Chrome, but other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer have equivalents for most of them.
1. Sync Open Tabs
If you have to switch computers – for example, from your desktop to your laptop – you don’t have to lose all the tabs you had open. You can take them along with you.
This feature is built right into Chrome. Simply type “chrome://flags/” into the address bar on Chrome and click Enable syncing open tabs. This syncs the open tabs to your Google account, meaning you can now open it from Chrome on any computer or Android device.
2. Pin Tab
If you’re worried you might accidentally close an important tab, there’s an easy way to keep that from happening. Right-click on the tab and choose Pin Tab. The tab will shrink down to just the favicon and move to the beginning of the tab list.
It puts your important tabs at the beginning and keeps you from closing something out by accident.
3. Keyboard shortcuts
Using your keyboard shortcuts to navigate your tabs can save you a great deal of time. CtrlTab and CtrlPage Down both move one tab to the right, while CtrlShiftTab and CtrlPage Up move to the right.
Perhaps the most valuable keyboard shortcut, however, is the one that lets you open the last tab you closed: CtrlShiftT>. If you do accidentally close a tab, you can undo it with this shortcut.
This Chrome extension is perfect for people who frequently have so many tabs open that they can’t even see the favicons anymore. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of your tabs, an easy preview of the content of each tab, tab search, the ability to suspend idle tabs, and the ability to sort tabs by domain name, page title, or when they were created.
5. Tab sugar
Firefox has its own version of this Chrome extension included as a feature called Tab Groups. You can create different tab groups or folders, place tabs within them, and easily navigate through tabs that have similar functions.
If you’re working on multiple projects, this is an excellent way to put all tabs pertaining to one project together without losing any of the others.
At the end of the day, if you just want to save all your tabs for the next day or take them home to peruse on your own, ZipTabs is there for you. It downloads all your open tabs into a handy zip file, so even if you’re not going to have Internet access later, you can still read all the web pages you saved.
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