Easily View Multiple Tabs at Once With These Chrome Extensions

Saikat Basu 02-10-2013

Screen real estate is particularly important in a job with high productivity requirements. Forget endless tab management extensions, it’s time to redefine how you can view multiple open tabs at once on Chrome, and not just push them into the background. Some online tasks like web designing, online research, translation, social media management, and collaborative telecommuting demand it.


We recently asked our readers about the number of open tabs in their browser. Would you believe it – 20 was a low figure! Powerful processors can handle the individual processes of each open tab easily without slowing down the computer. But sensible use of open tabs isn’t about how many you have open; it’s about how many you can view at the same time and maximize your screen real estate. Multiple monitors and virtual desktops are for the geek elite. But when we are on Chrome, let’s fall back on a few recommended browser extensions 8 Popular Websites You Can Fix Using Chrome Extensions Even the world's most popular websites have their annoyances. Learn how you can remove them with the help of Chrome extensions. Read More .

Tab Resize

Feature: Splits the screen and organizes open tabs in custom layouts.

Tab Resize

The Chrome extension gives you a set of layouts to fit your open tabs and arrange them on the available screen space with a click. Tab Resize supports custom layouts with your own number of rows and columns. The extension saves you the manual labor of dragging browser windows or separate tabs and fitting them together on the screen for side by side comparisons.

Tab Resize will consider the tabs that are available – if there is an insufficient number of tabs, it will arrange the ones that are available. Also note that the extension chooses the selected tab and the sister tabs to the right of it to fit the layout. So do pay heed to the tab you select while clicking the icon. The “Single tab mode” selects only the current tab and changes its size according to the layout. All other tabs to the right will be ignored.


You can use the undo button to reset the browser to the last layout change. Here’s a video with Tab Resize in action…

Tab Scissors

Feature: Splits a single Chrome browser window into two side-by-side windows.

Tab Scissors

Tab Scissors is a simpler version of the above mentioned extension. There are no custom layouts, but a click on the icon will simply split a single browser window equally into two separate ones. If you have multiple tabs, all the tabs on the left side of the currently selected tab will stay in the left window, and the rest will be organized on the window to the right.


Tab Scissors is not as neat as Tab Resize. The split windows are not glued together, so you have to minimize, maximize, and move them around separately. To bring back all the separated tabs into one single window, you have to drag and drop them into one window as usual or use another extension like Tab Glue to do the work for you.


Feature: Click any link to open it in the split window.


NiftySplit can split Chrome windows but there’s one slight difference from the two extensions already profiled on this short list. The Chrome extension comes into play when you want to click on a web link and want to open it in a separate browser window, and also split the screen to view the windows side-by-side. With NiftySplit, any link you click on the primary window will be opened in the secondary split window on the right.


NiftySplit is really useful for keeping the primary website in view always, while opening the linked pages on a separate window to the right. If you are a regular Reddit user (or even a MakeUseOf reader), NiftySplit could be the extension to look at for navigating around it.

Customize the size of the split screen from the Settings. As you can see partially in the screenshot, you can change the behavior of both the primary and secondary window.


Split Screen

Feature: Two URL addresses can be viewed in one window.


Split Screen

You can use this Chrome extension to open two URLs alongside each other in a split window. It isn’t one of the prettier extensions around, but it does its job well. Customization options allow you to load two default webpages and arrange them in a top-bottom or left-right layout. Also, set the percentage of screen width you want any of the frames to occupy for your reading comfort. The extension also comes with a notepad for writing or pasting any text while using the split frame. You can also set the notepad to open by default in one of the frames. The notepad-dual pane combo immediately struck me as a useful research tool especially for watching educational videos. Remember

Multiple Tab Views and Productivity

Tabs have been great as a browsing innovation and a step-up in productivity from single window browsing. But paradoxically, too many tabs are also a productivity killer. Jumping from one tab to the next breaks the flow of reading and it’s tricky if you want to compare two things alongside each other. I know you can simply open two (or multiple) instances of Chrome and arrange them manually with your set of web pages. Alternatively, you can use a tool like WinSplit to manage your Windows desktop real estate. But when you have these four extensions to do the job for you, why go to all that trouble?

Surely, Chrome can make split screen browsing a default feature. Till they do, these four Chrome extensions are great stand-ins and help you view multiple tabs with ease. They’re also handy extensions to have in Opera. My question to you – do you see the benefits of multiple views? What do you usually use multiple browser views for? Do you know any other extension I may have missed?

Now that you’ve got your tabs under control, how about getting more out of your bookmarks How to Add Notes to Bookmarks in Chrome and Firefox Browser bookmarks need notes to help you manage them. Here's how you can add notes to your bookmarks in Chrome and Firefox. Read More ?

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  1. Gabriel
    April 16, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    additional body closest thanks for not Retracting my comment, allowing me ask can this be done with ME or turn it into a cube so that while it I leave it alone for a while I have a more interesting to do list than a single text but can they be turned into a swish effect of choice so the text has the ability to use the display viewable and not delete the original task implementing correction settings preselected so that my progress is noted or a feature that like captcha only allows for the best results so that exams are always and tasks results give leave improved comments from my part more positive in than they have in it's place?

  2. Gabriel
    April 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Can I do this in Excel 2016? I want to open launch a variety of templates and make use of them as I fill in the data and link their updates to the corresponding templates that I've decided from a single template for simplifying tasks pending, projects, inventory, progress, each one actively updated by entering the date in one and where the data is not yet filled in there is nothing to show I mean it creates a suggestion or link to this // tag/easily-view-multiple-tabs-at-once-with-these-chrome-extensions so that all four can be used with online Excel 2016 and can these

  3. Marc
    April 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Is there a way to split the view in ONE Chome window?

    • Saikat Basu
      April 11, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Haven't found one yet. But why would you want to do that? Any particular use?

      • daslicht
        April 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

        One colum shows the webpage, the other the backend bundled in one window is much easiert to handle than more windows when developing.
        I just try to reduce te amount of needed windows

    • rs11
      April 14, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Opens link in popup OR in a split screen within the current window.
      And as a fantastic super user-friendly the split screen option, you don't even have to click a link for it to open on the side, just merely hover over the link :)

  4. Jet
    January 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    In Tab Resize, are ALL tabs actually active? For example, say you have four (4) videos with each one in its own separate tab. Can all four videos play simultaneously? Or, although you can SEE all four videos, only one can actively PLAY (advance forward) at a time? Thanks for all your tips!

    • Saikat Basu
      January 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      You really have to try this one out Jet :)

      I think it mimics the same same behavior as any normal multiple open tabs.