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manage tabs chromeAs the web has evolved, some pretty interesting problems have risen that lots of Internet users face. One of these problems is the so-called “tab overload”, where you have a ridiculous amount of tabs open. No matter if you have the problem because of work, school, and personal browsing enjoyment, it’s a problem either way.

There are a handful of tab aids that try to help you manage your tabs as efficiently as possible, but they all implement different variations of mainly the same approach. What about an extension with a completely different approach?

About Tab Wrangler

Tab Wrangler is that kind of extension. Instead of trying to help you manage all those tabs, it helps you by closing tabs that have been inactive for a certain amount of time. If you haven’t clicked on a tab in a certain amount of (configurable) time, Tab Wrangler assumes that it’s not as important as everything else that you’ve clicked on and closes it.


Installation is as easy as going to this page and clicking on “Add to Chrome”. Within a few seconds, Tab Wrangler will be installed and ready to go.


Tab Wrangler is pretty simple to use and configure as there’s not anything else that it would need to do. When you click on the icon next to all your other extensions, you’ll see the advanced features that it does include, and I must say that they’re very helpful while using Tab Wrangler.

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The default page that appears when you click on Tab Wrangler’s icon is the “Tab Corral”. Here you’ll find all the tabs that Tab Wrangler recently closed, with the ability to re-open any of them. Technically you could also find the tab in Chrome‘s history, but finding and re-opening the tab through Tab Wrangler’s icon is much easier.


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The next page is called “Tab Lock”. This feature allows you to prevent Tab Wrangler from automatically closing any tabs that you choose. This is really helpful when you’re on a very important page or one that would lose information if automatically closed by Tab Wrangler.

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Finally, there is an options page for the extension where you can change the amount of time that needs to pass before Tab Wrangler can automatically close the tab, as well as certain pages or domains that should automatically be “locked” without you having to do anything.


Tab Wrangler is a fantastic way to quickly and effortlessly remove the tabs that cause the problem of clutter and confusion in your browser. Additionally, you’ll be regaining some RAM free space by automatically closing all those tabs that simply sit around while you keep opening more tabs. Simply put, this extension helps with minimal effort. However, if you’re still interested in the more traditional approaches, why not check out this article over 10 tab management extensions for Chrome The 10 Best Extensions For Chrome Tab Management The 10 Best Extensions For Chrome Tab Management 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... Read More ? And in case you find this extension cool but use Firefox, you can still check out an explanation of Firefox’s integrated tab management system Organize Firefox Open Tabs With Tab Groups Organize Firefox Open Tabs With Tab Groups It's very easy to lose yourself amidst stacks of open tabs. The more tabs you open, the more difficult it is to keep track of them and to move between opened sites. Mozilla has tried... Read More .

What’s your opinion of Tab Wrangler? Do you like the approach that it takes to tab management or not? What’s your ideal way to manage tabs? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Sanam Jaleel
    February 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

     It is indeed informative and interesting too...I will definitely try this...

  2. Victor Alvarez
    February 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I'll have to try this... yes I do go into tab overload too often!

    • Danny Stieben
      March 1, 2012 at 4:23 am

      Me too, me too. It's a great way to curb that habit.

  3. Bharat
    February 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    This is an awesome extension, thank you for saving my Chrome from crash :)

    • Danny Stieben
      March 1, 2012 at 4:22 am

      No problem, Bharat! :)