How To Schedule Tabs To Open At Fixed Times In Chrome And Firefox

Mihir Patkar 15-01-2015

You have a lot of tabs open, many of them important, but not important right now. Sounds like a familiar scenario? Well, with a few cool extensions, you can close those tabs right now and set them to auto-open at a later time.


Apps are slowly gearing towards working on your time, not making you work on theirs. Mailbox is a good example of how you can snooze emails to open them later Mailbox Comes To Android, But Is It Good Enough To Replace Gmail? Read More . So why should your browser be left behind?


Tab management is a big problem The 10 Best Extensions for Chrome Tab Management If you’re a multi-tasker, you love tabs. Maybe a little too much. Here are 10 extensions that will help you deal with the tab overload. Read More on any browser. Plus, you can actually speed up your browser What Can You Do To Speed Up Your Browser? If you’re like me and you spend a huge portion of your day browsing the web then you understand how frustrating it is to have a slow, bloated browser that seems to be on its... Read More by reducing the number of tabs. Thankfully, new extensions on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are ready to let you switch off a tab when you want, and open it automatically in the future.

Chrome: TabSnooze and Page Snooze


TabSnooze is the prettier of the two extensions, and mimics the look-and-feel of Mailbox’s email snoozing options. There are seven options for the app to smartly choose a time for you: Later today, This evening, Tomorrow, This Weekend, Next Week, In a Month and Someday. You can also manually pick a date and time. When you click one of these options, the tab will be closed; and opened automatically later at the time of your choosing.


Before you start using it, you should dive into the settings and fix the app to your preferences. In here, you can choose what time your work day starts and ends, so TabSnooze won’t start a tab when you aren’t working. You can also set the definition of “Later today” and “Someday” in here. In fact, the extension can also be set to recommend snoozing a tab after a certain amount of time has passed.


As with most Chrome extensions, you can customise the keyboard shortcuts. Alt+L will bring up a list of all the snoozed tabs in your bookmarks folder, where you can also delete them if necessary.

TabSnooze also has a mini task app to set your to-do list reminders, but it’s quite underwhelming. If that’s what you want, we’d recommend sticking to any simple to-do list app for Chrome.



While SnoozeTabs does exactly what it is supposed to do, there is an alternative in case you don’t like it. Page Snooze works from the context menu. Right-click anywhere on a web page, and choose to snooze a page for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 days, or a week or two. That’s all you get though, there is no customising these time intervals. Obviously, PageSnooze is the weaker of the two extensions and we would recommend SnoozeTabs, but hey, to each his own.

Firefox: SnoozeTabs and TabAlarm


The SnoozeTabs extension for Firefox is unrelated to the TabSnooze Chrome extension, but looks the same. But it’s not as easy to use and has some bugs.


Like the Chrome extension, you can snooze a tab for Later today, Tonight, Tomorrow, This Weekend, Next Week or Next Month. These are also two more options called “Rainy Day” and “When I’m free”—but there is no explanation of when or how these activate. Our snoozed tabs in either are yet to show up. There’s also another option to pick a date, but it doesn’t work; in fact, it breaks the app and you’ll have to uninstall and reinstall it. Of the two Firefox add-ons, we’d avoid this painful, buggy app.


TabAlarm [No Longer Available] does not look as good as SnoozeTabs, but in actual functionality, it is far superior. Right-click on a page to create an alarm, choose a date and time, and whether you want the page to be repeated (daily, weekly, monthly). That’s a neat feature which even SnoozeTabs for Chrome does not offer. This might just become yet another one of those extensions Firefox users love that no other browser has 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has Extensions aren't always supported across all browsers. Check out these beloved Firefox-only extensions that are so useful that you may be swayed over from whichever other browser you currently use. Read More .

You can also dive into TabAlarm’s Options to see the full schedule, edit or delete as you see fit, clear completed items, and even duplicate an entry if you desire. While not as pretty as any of the others, TabAlarm is definitely the most functional extension in this list.


What About Other Browsers?

Eyal Wiener, the developer of TabSnooze, told us he is bringing his extension to Safari and Firefox soon, as well as Chrome on Android and iPhone. Users on Opera should already be able to install the Chrome extension—it’s just one of the many reasons to love Opera 4 Cool Features That Make Opera a Browser Worth Checking Out Though it's probably known best for it's presence in the mobile space, Opera's desktop browser has always had a good feel to it. It's very fast, responsive, renders well, and is packed with so many... Read More . Internet Explorer users, hard luck, maybe it’s time to finally change your browser.

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  1. Alain Denommee
    January 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm
  2. Brad
    January 16, 2015 at 12:55 am

    TabSnooze for Chrome is really the top pick here. It's wonderful.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

      I wouldn't write off TabAlarm. It doesn't look as pretty, but it's fantastic in functionality.

  3. AriesWarlock
    January 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    do NOT install Tab Mix Plus. If you have many tabs open, TMP will automatically hide your tabs, and it's very annoying having to go to groups to look for old tabs you want.

    • Tom
      January 18, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Just tell TMP to use multiple lines for tabs. Nothing has ever become hidden for me in, oh, eight years, maybe. For the same purpose of opening tabs when you want them to open, the Firefox extension My Weekly Browsing will do everything you cite except Rainy Day, I guess. No bugs.

    • Prince
      January 31, 2015 at 9:21 pm


      I've been using TabMixPlus on Firefox for ages, I think it's among the greatest and most feature-packed tab manager I've come across. All lies in one word: configuration. Once you've taken the time to configure it as per your needs, just export the settings and reuse it as you want. I wish a Chrome version (or even look-alike) could exist.

      Concerning this post, I concur TabSnooze for Chrome.

    • AriesWarlock
      February 1, 2015 at 12:39 am

      The thing is using multiple lines for tabs it's not the default. After you notice your tabs are disappearing then it's when you'll start looking online for what is going on. I did find the multiple lines solution years later (it's not even clear that option will not hide your tabs), I enabled it hoping it would restore the hidden tabs. No deal. Had to install Send Tabs Url add on to copy the hidden tabs to a text document.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Whaaa?! Tab Mix Plus is awesome!I'm with Tom and Prince here, especially on the point of a Chrome equivalent.