How Many Browser Tabs Do You Have Open Right NOW? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Yaara Lancet 18-08-2013

Last week we wanted your opinion regarding a new endeavor we’re considering: a MakeUseOf magazine. We really appreciate all your insights, comments and ideas, and of course, the time you took to vote in the poll and make your opinion known.


Out of 620 voters in total, these were the poll’s results: 1 person (!) would be willing to pay more than $10/month for a magazine subscription; 2% of the voters would be willing to pay up to $10/month; 10.5% think a magazine is a nice idea, but would not subscribe to one; 16% don’t like the idea at all; 20.5% would be willing to pay up to $5/month; and 51% of the voters would subscribe to a magazine, but only if it’s free.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

The poll had some terrific comments, and choosing the best one was harder than ever. We’d like to thank you all again for taking the time and expressing your opinions, but this week’s winner of a free MakeUseOf t-shirt is…. Alex D! Alex took the time to write more than one comment when he thought the first one did not get through, and had some nice ideas and insights about a MakeUseOf magazine. Congratulations!


This week’s poll question is: How May Browser Tabs Do You Have Open Right NOW?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

This week we’re focusing on your browser. No, we’re not interested in which browser you’re using, how many add-ons you have, or how many browsers are installed on your computer. We’ve been there. This week, I want you to stop right where you are, and look at your browser window (or windows). How many tabs are open right NOW? 2? 5? 10? 20? If you’re reading this poll from your phone or tablet, count your open tabs on your mobile browser. If the only open tab you have open is this poll, your answer would be “one”. Start counting from there. Let’s see what your habits look like!

Want to share which tabs are open? How many windows you had right at that minute? Or maybe you had multiple browsers open which skewed things a bit? Tell us everything in the comments below.

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  1. Thorn Knightwood
    April 23, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Technically you are are allowed 255 open pages. This has been my understanding anyway. In reality, the actual will be far different.

  2. Dio
    April 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I have hundreds of tabs open. Legitimately hundreds of tabs. I've lost count.

  3. mrgoodmark
    May 2, 2016 at 9:20 am

    There is no number to tell me how many I have open that's why I open this up was to find out how many I have open. My tablet says I must close one before I can open another and I don't know how many or where this number is.

  4. Joe Farris
    September 30, 2013 at 12:25 am
    • Trilobyte
      March 17, 2018 at 3:21 am

      Sees link
      "Open link in new tab"

  5. Brandon
    September 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Currently around 150-160 Firefox tabs.

  6. Kimberly M
    August 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    You forgot to put a radio button for "Way-the-blank too many",,,

  7. KS
    August 26, 2013 at 2:34 am

    On Safari - 3 tabs: google control panel for H-CSD, google calendar for H - CSD, H-CSD district webpage
    Chrome account #1: 4 tabs: Feedly, this Make Use of Survey, Delicious, Pocket
    Chrome account #2: 4 tabs: google control panel for B-CSD, google calendar and email for B-CSD, penzu pro, student management system portal
    chrome account #3: 2 tabs tech support google site, google drive for that account

  8. Jack C
    August 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Can you imagine a world still on IE 6 with no tabs?

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Nope. :)

  9. Alex D
    August 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I have way too many tabs open all the time. Also, I'm happy my comments on the last poll won :).

  10. dylan
    August 21, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I have 16 open right now.

  11. Inoe
    August 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    A cute 101 in my Firefox window. I really should read the content of those tabs soon XD

  12. Phanein
    August 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I have two windows open with 25 tabs in one and a whopping 91 in the other.

  13. Daniel B
    August 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

    21 in Firefox, 16 in Chrome. I only use IE for sites that needs. Mostly tabs keep growing until laptop sometime shutdown with low battery. Normally, never get to remember to pin them. Never used Facebook or Twitter, only LinkedIn.

  14. Mark
    August 20, 2013 at 5:38 am x 1 x 6 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 1 x 1 x 4 x 6 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 2
    downloads tab x 1
    if l had read your email 5mins earlier than when l did the count would have been more like 55+ tabs... cheers!

  15. Ann Onymous
    August 20, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Years ago I used only Internet Explorer. I was introduced to Firefox while travelling when I had to use it in an Internet cafe that did not have IE on its PCs. When I got home, I downloaded FF with its lovely multiple tabs (that IE did not have at that time) and since that time have used IE only when necessary. I never have IE only open, but I sometimes have it open as well as FF.

    At the moment, with Firefox only open (and set up to reopen as at closing) -- 25 windows with a total of 1689 tabs (1179 with URLs, 510 as "New Tab" dividers).

    The window with the most tabs has 229 (150 active and 79 dividers).

    The window with the least is the newest one (started yesterday) which has 19 (13 active and 6 dividers).

    A TV window includes:
    (a) multiple tabs to online TV guide A -- 7 to 14 (being the whole day for the last 7-14 days which is as far back as it goes)
    (b) 12 to online TV guide B (which doesn't go back further than yesterday) -- 4 for yesterday (early hours, morning, afternoon/evening, and night/primetime) and the same 4 for today and tomorrow.
    (c) multiple tabs to the channels' catchup links for missed programs

    Another window related to TV has multiple tabs to and other sites for multiple programs.

    When I read an article, I often click on links in it and open multiple new tabs to check the content. When I have finished the article, I sometimes close that tab but also sometimes go to the article's home page and look around the site. Ditto those tabs I opened from links in the article -- sometimes a quick glance is enough; sometimes a look around is warranted. In each case, if there are readers' comments, I might leave the tab open to check for new comments later, sometimes not closing it for several days.

    I also keep a document open with a list of the links in each window but do not constantly update it.

    That list is of assistance if/when all of the windows do not reopen on a restart after Firefox has crashed or because of some unknown reason.

    To try to guard against losing my (precious?) hundreds of tabs, I also keep copies of the Firefox sessionstore.js and sessionstore.bak files in a temporary folder. They have saved me from "panic mode" on a few occasions when Firefox opened as new (i.e., one window, one tab). I exited Firefox and replaced its new, clean sessionstore.js and sessionstore.bak files with the ones from my temporary folder. When I reopened Firefox, all of my windows and all of my tabs were back.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Wow... I'm speechless. :) Thanks for sharing this!

  16. Bill
    August 20, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Currently have 1750 tabs "open" in Firefox 21.

    Have had up to 2948 tabs open, but then Firefox responds very slowly.

    This is with 8GB RAM, standard hard drive, and Windows 7 x64.

    Note: there's a difference between "opened" tabs (where most tabs are NOT currently "loaded")... and "loaded" tabs that are fully-functional and "alive".

    If I "load" more than about about 120 tabs, Firefox will crash -- unless I preemptively close it first... Upon restarting, Firefox will then "open" all of the previously opened and loaded tabs, however with only one tab "loaded", which is the last "focused" tab, and the process repeats while the total number of tabs grows.

    This is using the "Tab Mix Plus" and "Session Manager" add-ons, with 'Restore tabs on demand' selected in the latter.

    • Bill
      August 20, 2013 at 2:59 am

      One more thing, the "Tabhunter" add-on for Firefox is essential to actually use (search for, and quickly access) all of those open tabs... Many other add-ons help also, but they're too numerous to mention.

      Also, I currently have 47 tabs open in Chrome 28 -- and 16 tabs open in IE 10.

      But Firefox is the only one that can handle hundreds, or thousands of tabs.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:41 am

      OK, I think you take the cake. 1750 tabs! How many windows are you using for those? Can you even see the favicon on them? :)

    • PsillyPseudonym
      August 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      How did you count them? As I don't know of any other method, I had to count mine one by one.

      • Ann Onymous
        September 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

        In Firefox (using 20.0.1) click on the Firefox logo in title bar (ABOVE File in the menu bar -- don't click on File by mistake) and choose Close from the drop-down menu.

        A pop-up window appears titled "Confirm close" which says "You are about to close ___ tabs. Are you sure you want to continue?" The ___ is the number of tabs in that Firefox window.

        (You can then choose "Cancel" rather than "Close tabs" so that nothing closes.)

        Does Internet Explorer have something comparable?

  17. rich-c
    August 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    If the browser is open, that's one tab. When it jumps to a new page (such as the poll) I have it set to open a new tab. So at the moment, two. If this poll were on a sublink, I'd have three.

    I have no inhibitions about having tabs open, and regularly use the convenience of the tab system for cut and paste and such. Just that right now, the answer is two.

  18. Sunshine R
    August 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    currently, i have 10 open tabs in my Chrome, 6 are default pages that automatically popped up when i open my chrome (yahoo mail, 2 tabs for facebook, wikipedia, & :D

    the rest are some links that i clicked just now

  19. CathyA
    August 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    2x webmails
    News Gossip Prince Williams first baby interview
    2x Social Buying coupons
    Internet Archive Search
    Sometimes even more that my browser crashes

  20. Carlo Vincente
    August 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Right now, 5 in Chrome. I usually have 8 to 10 tabs open.

  21. B. Ross A
    August 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    One open on Facebook and the second one opened to respond to your poll.

  22. Saumyakanta S
    August 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I have 9 tabs open right now , I like grasping more and more information ..

  23. Ryashini K
    August 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I currently have 4 normal tabs open (1 Youtube and 3 Makeuseof) and 3 pinned tabs (Coursera, Feedly and my website's cpanel login page). Though this is much less than normal because when usually on Makeuseof, I will open all the article for the day at once in each tab.

  24. Rac
    August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    About 160 (not including the ones open on the iPad).

  25. PsillyPseudonym
    August 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    There should have been an option that said "Too many".

    We currently only have one computer in the house that the whole family shares. I just counted the tabs open in Firefox and I'm shocked to find that it's 153(!)

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Well, I must say I didn't expect people to have these crazy numbers. :)

      153 sure is impressive! I don't think either Firefox or Chrome on my system would handle that....

      • PsillyPseudonym
        August 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        The downside is that Firefox often uses a quater (and sometimes up to half) the total memory of the system. But the system as a whole doesn't slow down that much. Not bad for a laptop bought in 2007 running Vista with 2GB RAM!

  26. Chew J
    August 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Computers are getting more powerful these days. It won't hurt much if you opened more than 15 tabs.

  27. Paul-kristjan A
    August 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I keep my tab count as low as possible. As simple as that!

  28. Junil M
    August 19, 2013 at 4:27 am

    i have work related site, news and makeuseof at the same time. i enter a site and then browse another and when i finish the current site then move on to others. i also like to open every link in a different tab which gives me freedom from moving back and forward with sites. this is much better.

  29. Mark A
    August 19, 2013 at 3:34 am

    6 only

  30. ChujiWu
    August 19, 2013 at 3:05 am

    45 tabs (4 pinned tabs + 41 regular tabs) in one Firefox window.

  31. ben
    August 19, 2013 at 1:48 am

    ff 108 chrome 36

  32. Steve
    August 19, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I've 47 open currently, in vertical tab bar (treestyle tabs).

  33. India
    August 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    43 across 3 windows . . . with links to another 796 on my OneTab page.

  34. farthead
    August 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    4 and one of them is playing music from grooveshark’s html5 website using nexus 7 (not the 2013 one) default browser and using cyanogenmod ROM

  35. Daniel
    August 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    9 tabs.

  36. Rama M
    August 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    One tab in phone ..! Actually I ve read this article in Pocket ..
    but came to here to notify MUO that there is one typo in the heading ..!
    MAY instead of MANY

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:37 am

      That's hilarious!! I've read this title over and over again and never spotted it! Thanks for pointing it out, it's a bit late to fix, but I'll do it anyway. :)

      • Rama M
        August 25, 2013 at 6:57 am

        :) for fixing ! but I ve found that very easy ! may be tough for other eyes !

  37. Mike Henry Sr.
    August 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Right now on my personal laptop it's 16. At the end of a work day on my work laptop it would be greater than 20. I close the extras when the box is running slow.

  38. dragonmouth
    August 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Reading the previous replies, I feel inadequate. Most of the time I have 2-3 tabs open, I rarely go over 5 tabs.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Don't feel inadequate. I'm sure 5 tabs are enough. :)

  39. Marte B
    August 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I seldom have more than three tabs open. Usually only one. Don't need tab proliferation. :)

  40. likefunbutnot
    August 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    66 in Firefox, eight in Chrome. Another 51 in an RDP session on another machine I'm using simultaneously.

    Were I to look globally across all the machines where I'm logged in and doing something, plus all the tablets and mobile devices, it's probably somewhere around 400 - 450.

    Some of the tabs have been open continuously for as much as four years, too.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Wow! Can you give an example of a tab that's been open for 4 years? That's probably a world record.

      • likefunbutnot
        August 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        I have lots of tabs that have been around that long. I usually have a window of persistent content that I look at every day or two that includes things like my calendar, many of the web comics and blogs I keep up with and some pages that I update myself.

        I've been using the Firefox Session Manager extension for years to maintain all my tabs and windows and ensure that my browser environment stays with me even in spite of my fairly regular computer upgrades.

  41. Zinc Whiskers
    August 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    In Firefox...7 tabs pinned...278 total...damn news feeds.
    Bad habit of keeping things open rather than bookmarking.
    The Showcase extension helps to manage.

    40+ in Chrome.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:34 am

      Impressive! And people told me I have a tab problem for 20 tabs...

  42. drewcrosby
    August 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm


    Don't ask. :)

    • samesame
      August 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm


      when it gets to 120 - once every few days - i save the session, and start afresh.

      my shrink is thrilled.

      • Phanein
        August 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        THIS! I thought I was the only one with a "problem".

  43. Bumferry H
    August 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I have G+, gmail, blogger, Outlook, Facebook and twitter open at all times as these are my most used sites.
    I usually have at least one other tab open be it MUO, BBC news/sport/weather, I09/Lifehacker/gizmodo, Amazon or my online banking.
    I know I shouldn't have so many open, but It can be annoying opening and closing tabs over and over again especially when I want to share from one site to another.
    One day I will learn . . . but not just yet!

  44. Subbrilliant
    August 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I currently have 824 tabs open in Firefox. Screenshots available upon request.

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      do you own a mainframe ???

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 25, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Seriously? 824 tabs? On how many windows? More importantly, why??

    • Rama M
      August 25, 2013 at 7:14 am

      so you have some 256 GB RAM and dual processors (4th Gen Intel Core i7) ??
      yo man , How can you manage all that tabs ..? you need a program for finding the tab ! lol !!

    • Lupin A
      September 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm


  45. Gayle
    August 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I don't have any tabs open right now, actually. I'm using an RSS feed reader.

  46. cantwell
    August 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    20+ on Firefox and IE 11. Chrome is a POS.

  47. Anne Lyon
    August 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    School Mail, facebook, Weightwatchers, ActiveLink, an article about a running app, feedly, makeuseof, a vegetable butterfly app. This is very typical for me, many times there are even more open. Sometimes I will close them down to about 3 or so, but within a couple of minutes, have a bunch open again! My browser also opens up to about 6 pinned pages.

  48. ReadandShare
    August 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    3 pinned and kept opened - plus 1-3 more depending.

  49. Scott
    August 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm


  50. Jerry S
    August 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Easily over 20, 10 of which are usually pinned tabs. In other words, always available to me every time I open the browser.

  51. Collin
    August 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I have this page, another one that I want to look at later, then four app tabs: Facebook, Google Calendar, my personal email, and my school email.

  52. Esaure
    August 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Right now i have 2 tabs open an, 1 in each window but most of the times i have over 5 and prefer to use 2 windows split in 19" 1440*900 display.