OneTab extension can make Google Chrome run smoother … – Business Insider

We’ve all been to tab hell: those
times when you’re 
staring at a couple dozen tabs,
fresh off a Wikipedia or news-reading binge, unsure of what it
was you were trying to do in the first place.

Aside from being a mess to navigate, this can also make your
laptop feel sluggish. With the wrong device,
keeping a web of tabs open may chew up resources that
bring your notebook to a crawl. And it could be especially
annoying with a web browser like Google Chrome, which, despite
recent improvements, can still be a memory hog at its worst.

Fortunately, there are ways to
organize your clutter that don’t involve closing your
browser completely.

One of those is

It’s a free Chrome (and Firefox) extension
that’s been around for few years now, but is still one of
the easiest ways to make handling tons of tabs less

Using OneTab is simple. After you download it for the desktop,
all you do is click the little icon to the right of the address
bar. Then, OneTab will quickly collapse whatever you have open
into a tidy list of links in its own tab. When you want to open a
particular page back up, just click the appropriate link. If
you’re done with a page, just strike it off the list.
It cuts down the mess and the memory usage.

That alone is useful, but OneTab is particularly handy
if you want to stash those tabs for later. Here’s an
anecdotal example: Previously, when doing research for an
article, I would manually copy and paste any relevant
links into an Evernote note. Pretty slow. Here, though, I
collapse all those links into a single, shareable URL. When it’s
time to get back to work, it’s a much tidier process picking up
where I left off.

before onetab
How much memory my horde
of tabs took up prior to using OneTab.

Business Insider/Jeff Dunn

after onetab
And how much was taken up
after using OneTab.

Insider/Jeff Dunn

Beyond that, you can name separate groupings of tabs to
better distinguish them, choose whether or not you want
pinned tabs to be included when you collapse everything together,
and make it so only certain tabs get sent to OneTab instead of
merging them all at once. The point being, it’s fairly

The only real downsides are that: 1. Re-opening a tab doesn’t
bring back that tab’s browsing history, and 2. Chrome already has
a built-in “Bookmark Open Tabs” option that can be used fairly similarly.
Something like OneTab is more streamlined than that, though —
with Chrome, you’d have to go back and delete the folders
of bookmarks you’ve created.

Either way, if Chrome’s been beating down your laptop too often
for comfort, a tool like this might be able to help.


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