The 10 Best Extensions For Chrome Tab Management

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chrometabsthumb   The 10 Best Extensions For Chrome Tab ManagementTabs, tabs, tabs. If you’re a multi-tasker like me, you love tabs. Perhaps a little bit too much, as it’s easy to suddenly find you have a buffet of tabs available, but you’re no longer quite sure what you have open in each one.

It’s no surprise then that there are a lot of tab management extensions available for Chrome. I’ve trimmed down the options to ten excellent extensions that might prove the perfect medicine for tabitis.

TooManyTabs

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Excessive tabs are troublesome because it overwhelm Chrome’s ability to display tabs in a meaningful way. TooManyTabs solves this using a pop-out that provides a thumbnail preview of the tabs that you have open. To top that off, TooManyTabs also includes a search field so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.

TooManyTabs is also available for Firefox.

Quick Tab

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Similar in purpose to TooManyTabs, Quick Tab conquers extreme tab usage through a drop-down menu that presents all currently open tabs. A search function is also available. While TooManyTabs is likely the better choice for users who routinely open 20+ tabs, lighter tabaholics may prefer Quick Tab.

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Close Tabs

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Opening multiple tabs can mean sometimes needing to close multiple tabs. Close Tabs lets you do this quickly by right-clicking anywhere on a page and then selecting an action from the Close Tabs menu. You can close tabs by domain, close all tabs to the right or left of the current tab, and perform a few other useful actions.

Sexy Undo Close Tab

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Once you’ve shut those tabs down with Close Tabs you can revive them with Sexy Undo Close Tab. This extension creates an icon that opens a pop-up list of closed tabs. You can reopen tabs by clicking on the page name or you can search through your history of closed tabs to find a specific option.

Session Manager

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Managing multiple tabs is a real pain in the butt if you need to, for some reason, close your browser before you’re actually done with all of those tabs you’ve so carefully opened. Session Manager has the solution to this problem. It saves your browser state and lets you re-open the session at a later time.

Recent History

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Yet another way of re-opening tabs past, Recent History keeps track of all the pages you’ve recently visited and provides easy access to them via a new icon that is installed alongside the bookmark icon. You can open history pages in a new tab with a right-click, and there is a search function included as well.

TabJump

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Created by the same folks that made TooManyTabs, TabJump is a contextual tab navigator that pops when you click on a new icon installed beside the bookmark icon.

Rather than listing all tabs in a lump, TabJump has three columns – Undo, Related and Jump. Undo lists recently closed tabs, Related lists other open tabs from the same site you’re currently using, and Jump lists all other open tabs. It’s quite a brilliant way to organize tabs, packing maximum information into limited space.

TabCloud

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Tab lovers are going to fall head over heels with this extension. No longer are you restricted to bringing a single computer to its knees with tens or hundreds of open tabs. Oh, no – now you can save the tabs you have open and then open them on an entirely different computer.

While powerful, the extension is simple. Your browser’s state can be saved by clicking on the disk icon in the pop-up, and then restored on any PC. You do need to log in with your Google account to enable this functionality.

TabsPlus

This extension doesn’t add much to the Chrome interface. It’s instead a simple behavior modification extension that forces Chrome to the last selected tab whenever you close a tab. You can also make slight modifications to the default behavior of new tabs, forcing them to open in the background or changing their position on the tab list.

TabCounter

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Ever wonder just how much of a tabaholic you are? Now you can find out! TabCounter provides you with several fun statistics including the number of tabs you’ve opened today, the number of tabs you currently have opened, and the number of tabs you’ve opened since you installed the extension. There’s not a lot of practical use, but it’s fun to geek out about.

Conclusion

Now you can go tab-crazy without losing yourself under the weight of a thousand webpages. Alright, perhaps a thousand is an exaggeration – but you get the point.

As usual, I encourage readers to share their own favorite Chrome tab extensions. There a lot of them available, and I’m sure some that are not listed here are in active use by our readers.  So let’s hear all about your favorites.

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Donviejo

Sorry, none of them listed extensions provide the tab control one gets out of Tab Mix Plus. I would switch to Chrome if I found an extension that gave me similar control, particularly always opening in a new tab without going through the proverbial two-step.

Joshua

Middle mouse button…

Aibek

i second that

Anonymous

Middle mouse button sucks compared to drag & drop. You have to move your finger everytime and can get very tiresome in the long run if you constantly open new tabs.

Aibek

Middle mouse is pretty much the default way for me when it comes to
opening links. Never found it tiresome.

Scott Sanders, MBA

I love Chrome, but none of these options are as good as the tab organizer that comes with Firefox 4. The tab extensions in Chrome are a step but are still missing the mark.

Anonymous

Haha. You would switch to a much better and much faster browser if it only had Tab Mix Plus? Wow. I’ve used Tab Mix Plus and definitely didn’t think it was so awesome as to prevent from switching to chrome.

Guest

Firefox 4 is now just as fust as Chrome 

Anonymous

If you say so 

Validemail

 No, it’s not. It’s fast, but not as fast as Chrome by any means.

Price Tracker

Very Cool

Joshua

Yesterday I finally forced myself to use Chrome for an entire day without giving up and returning to Firefox. You know what? I am now a Chrome user. I do miss a some things though which I have been spending a long time searching for ways to reproduce in Chrome:

1. The endless customizability (did I make up a word?) of the user interface in Firefox, which is virtually impossible in Chrome.

2. Blank Your Monitor, which is an extension to change the colors of a webpage with the touch of a button or hotkey. The only similar Chrome extensions are permanent (you have to go into Settings > Tools > Extensions to enable / disable them). I used BYM when using my computer in the dark to make webpage backgrounds darker to stop my eyes from burning. But I would disable it via CTRL+ALT+B when in the light as I prefer to see a webpage the way it was meant to be displayed.

2. Tree Style Tabs – Chrome’s Side Tabs really just suck. You can’t change the width, you can’t move them to the right side. You can’t customize anything about them to make them easier to work with. Also the title bar stays which prevents you some saving any vertical screen estate. In Firefox with Personal Titlebar extension I am able to put the address bar in the title bar with tabs on the side of the screen to have maximum vertical screen real estate.

3. AdBlock works but not near as well as in Firefox. There are still some ads that display on certain websites. The sneaky ones that slide up from the bottom of the screen. You have to manually block them, as well as some others. I also noticed a couple popups which I don’t remember having in Firefox.

4. Stylish (the extension) can only customize websites in Chrome. Unlike in Firefox which you can use it to customize the entire browser (which is predictable since no extensions can customize the interface in Chrome aside from the lame backgrounds that Chrome calls Themes).

5. HistoryBlock – a great extension in Firefox that you can specify certain websites not to save history for. This is a great extension because you don’t have to remember to enable or disable any private browsing extension. I used this for forums that I frequent and don’t care for seeing the history, as well as the obvious mature sites I prefer not to be shown in history. This extension is greatly missed.

6. It’s only been a day, I’m sure I will come across other problems.

All that put aside, after using Chrome for a day, it’s just so smooth and fast. I’m am now a Chrome user. Hopefully either Chrome will catch up to Firefox in the extensions and customizability (my made up word again) department or Firefox will catch up to Chrome in the speed department.

Tina

Thank you for this extraordinary comment! You should contact the Chrome developer team and share your analysis. :)

M.S. Smith

I understand, actually. I don’t find Chrome to be perfect, but the speed of Firefox 4 isn’t sufficient compared to Chrome. Also, Firefox 4 always renders text in a strange way that really bothers my eyes.

Shame there’s no perfect browser, but then what would be the fun in that?

Joshua

@TinaMUO:disqus @Mattdoommaster:disqus

My second book: I came across another disappointment today. It seems all Chrome extensions are really just scripts so it’s impossible to accomplish the same feats as Firefox extensions. I guess that is why you don’t need to restart the browser after installing a Chrome extension as it’s not really an extension of the browser but just a script. This was abruptly brought to my attention today when I attempted to use what I thought was a perfect alternative to a Firefox extension for taking webpage screenshots.

7. ScreenGrab is a Firefox extension that I use a few times a week. It allows you to take a screenshot of a webpage, choosing to screenshot either the visible portion or the full page. In Firefox it works flawlessly and on any website. In Chrome taking a screenshot of the full page is accomplished through a script which doesn’t work well on all websites. It is also much slower as the script has to scroll the webpage to get a full page screenshot. I always save a screenshot of the full page after any purchase or transaction I make online (as well as print out a hard copy).

Today I purchased my credit report from Equifax and needed to save a screenshot. I tried all the Chrome screenshot extensions and they all are only capable of screenshoting (I make up words) the visible portion of the page at the Equifax site. The only way I was able to take a screenshot of the entire page was to do it through Firefox. Disappointing, but still not a deal breaker. Luckily I only take full page screenshots a few times a week so it’s not too much of a hassle to do them through Firefox.

8. I have also noticed that Chrome extensions really aren’t seamless like Firefox extensions. Obviously because they’re scripts. For example Stylish for Chrome really doesn’t compare to Stylish for Firefox. Using Stylish to customize sites in Firefox is seamless, type the site address into your URL Bar and it loads your customized version as if that was the way the site was meant to be displayed. In Chrome you see the site load normally then suddenly the script runs and you see it change to how you customized it. I find this rather interesting since these are scripts just like in Chrome, however Stylish in Firefox is actually integrated as a real browser extension (so the scripts are processed in a way that is seamless). Stylish in Chrome is a script running a script.

This is the same issue with all the Blank Your Monitor alternatives, you see the pages load normally and then suddenly they change.

What I find odd is how Adblock Plus (mistakenly wrote AdBlock in my previous post) works so well in Chrome (it doesn’t block everything – like video ads outside of youtube and some other random ads). I think they found a work around of some sort as I don’t see ads load and then disappear. It seems as if they are actually blocked from loading as they are in Firefox. If I am right I hope other extension developers take notice and enhance their extensions the same way. My guess is the script is forced to run before the site begins to load. However that makes me wonder if Adblock Plus is actually slowing down my surfing (this is only speculation, I am not a developer).

It seems to me that Google has no plans of improving the way extensions work because their main concern is speed. I think that’s because Firefox extensions are the biggest cause for slowing the browser down. Firefox without any extensions (maybe Adblock Plus and NoScript) is relatively fast. It’s not as fast as Chrome but it’s acceptably fast for most people. The biggest speed issue with Firefox is when people install poorly coded extensions or when Firefox gets overloaded with extensions. I know people with as much as 30 extensions which is crazy and unsurprisingly affects the speed of the browser. Of course Chrome extensions are just scripts, so they make little to no impact on the speed of the browser (starting the browser, opening tabs etc. However they affect the loading of a webpage as I’ve explained previously.

Well, that’s my experience so far switching from Firefox to Chrome. For people who rely on Firefox extensions, most have Chrome alternatives, however they cannot all be perfectly replicated. I actually surprised myself that I haven’t returned to Firefox. Before giving Chrome a full day tryout I always thought my Firefox extensions far outweighed the speed improvements of Chrome. After using Chrome (now two full days), even with these extension set backs, I can’t go back to Firefox, at least not until the speed is on par with Chrome.

ps. Matt Smith, regarding Firefox rendering text in a strange way. If you mean it’s blurry, run the Google search: Firefox 4 blurry text

Also referring to your recent article about speeding up Firefox. I backup my bookmarks and uninstall (deleting all Firefox leftovers / profiles etc) once every couple months. I then do a fresh install of the latest version. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my internet experience.
Firefox 4 is definitely fast and a huge improvement over Firefox 3.6, but it’s not Chrome fast.

Joshua

I can’t edit my post as I’m a guest. ”
However they affect the loading” should be ”
However they _may_ affect the loading”.

Joshua

Small update: Time to contradict myself. The Chrome extension Facebook Clear works seamlessly. This is confusing, some page customizing extensions work seamlessly and others don’t. :s

Aibek

 thanks for detailed input!

gusw

 Try this extension out- https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fajnahcfccoeadlnjibdcfhakbcpffki (Favourite Tabs). It lets you save multiple websites to a button.

Yhuuji554

“favourite tabs” is another one that lets u save sets of tabs. convenient if u want to open several sets of  websites on a regular basis.