TooManyTabs Turns Your Firefox Into A Task Management Powerhouse

too many tabs   TooManyTabs Turns Your Firefox Into A Task Management PowerhouseFirefox tabs have long been my number one task management tools. I have plenty of them open at the same time and some of them keep hanging for days before I have time to get to those. Therefore I have tried plenty of ways to make the most of my tabs: I have compiled some of the best ways in my post 7 Ways To Become More Productive With Firefox Tabs.

Recently I came across another great addon I’ve been playing with and I found it really awesome. TooManyTabs lets you store and organize as many tabs as you like by adding extra rows in the Firefox browser. Essentially the tool adds an extra toolbar to Firefox (which does eat up some space but it is too useful not to try) that can be broken into several rows of open tabs.

It works similar to the bookmark toolbar but for a few essential differences:

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  • All tabs look as if they are open;
  • Clicking any tab loads the page in the browser and removes it from the addon toolbar (unless you “pin” it);
  • The addon has a few additional features that let you prioritize and visualize your tasks:

Besides, the addon saves your browser’s space and memory as idle tabs are put aside.

Task Management Options:

The reason the addon appealed to me so much is not really the ability to add multiple rows of open (but not active) tabs. The reason is in the interesting task management options the tool adds to the browser.

Sort Your Tasks Into “Folders

You can name your rows using recognizable tasks (TO DO, TO WRITE, TO READ) or by the name of the project or whatever seems to make sense to you. In the options (“Interface” tab) you can also set how many rows you can see in the browser at one time. You can also set the default row to send the tabs to (for others rows you will need to use the right-click context menu):

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Visualize Tasks By Colors

You can use available colors to mark urgent tasks or those that need some ‘action” (unlike just reading), etc. Coloring is done via the right-click menu:

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Stick Tabs

In case you really want to make sure your tab is there until you manually remove it, use the right-click menu to “pin” it in the toolbar:

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More Fun Options To Play With:

  • If you tend to have a lot of tabs open, speed up your browser by sending most of them to the toolbar: this way they will still be in front of your eyes but won’t slow down your browser (instead of allowing idle tabs to waste your PC’s memory, you can now put your tabs on the extra rows, remove them from the memory, and restore them in your browser when you need them again).
  • View tab history and restore recently closed tabs;
  • Backup your TooManyTabs toolbar to the external file (to restore it on another computer).

Google Chrome Version

For Google Chrome users there’s a similar extension too that adds the following features:

  1. Get the bird’s eye view of all opened tabs (available by clicking the toolbar icon) with a clear preview of each tab’s content.
  2. Play with instant tab search.
  3. Sort tabs by creation time, domain or title.
  4. Restore recently closed tabs and send idle tabs to “Suspended” folder and save memory and organize them better.

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Looks like a great browser extension! What are your thoughts on it?

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Saikat Basu

Looks like a great add-on, Ann. I really like the tasks by color feature.
Is there a figure for the optimal number of tabs we can open without FF slowing down or crashing. Of course, that figure, I guess will also be determined by the RAM we have, but what’s the maximum number you have ever opened? Just curious to know.

Saikat Basu

Looks like a great add-on, Ann. I really like the tasks by color feature.
Is there a figure for the optimal number of tabs we can open without FF slowing down or crashing. Of course, that figure, I guess will also be determined by the RAM we have, but what’s the maximum number you have ever opened? Just curious to know.

Ann Smarty

Hey Saikat, I am not really sure. I think I have had about 10 in the default row (the one which is always in front of my eyes) and about 30 in those rows which are hidden… FireFox works fine…

Lyena Solomon

As a fellow tab addict, I can tell you that slow Firefox is my curse. I have a lot of tabs and add-ons. My Firefox crashes frequently. I relaly hope that this plugin is going to help me with my addiction and still be productive. Thank you for such detailed overview.

Ann Smarty

Hope you’ll love the addon, Lyena (thanks for stopping by!)

thenonhacker

Waste of space. Just create Bookmark Toolbar Folders named Work, ToDo, ToWrite, etc…

Ann Smarty

I use Bookmark folders as well – but they are more like permanent URL collections. This addon has a bit of “task management” functionality: tabs are always in front of your eyes, they can be removed from there as soon as you click any, they can be organized by colors, pinned etc.

MagentoThemes

Thats true. Not some times but whenever I use Firefox I open many tabs and everytime it becomes a trouble using the tabs and most of the time it crashes and I need to open it again, as usual.

Didi

In combination with the add-on Xmarks, you can sync your “toomanytabs” with different devices automatically. Toomanytabs does nothing else than creating bookmark-folders. So Xmarks syncs it like normal bookmarks

Ann Smarty

Thanks for the tip! I am going to give it a try.

Nick Hebert

The question is whether this is compatible with Tabs Mix Plus or not because that extension is indispensable for me as far as making multi-row tabs with colors and useful tweaks to their behavior. If so I’ll give it a whirl.

Ann Smarty

Hey Nick, I don’t think they in any way interfere with each other. TooManyTabs works separately from the main tabbing functionality. I have a few other tab-related addons and none of them was affected.

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Thank you for sharing your perspective! You Rocks Ann!

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How do I change my FireFox tab on the task bar into an icon in the task bar tray?

Ann Smarty

Hey Brad, I need more coffee :)
I struggle to understand the question! Sorry!

Ann Smarty

Hey Brad, I need more coffee :)
I struggle to understand the question! Sorry!