The habit of 100 tabs is common. it's nothing to be ashamed of. However, a crowded browser can reduce productivity and reduce computer speed. Maybe it's time to pick up on this habit with a few simple tips.
Closing the Unnecessary Tabs
Your tab problem has very little to do with which browser you use or what extensions are installed on your computer. Over-tabbing is really just a bad habit. It's like having a crowded desk.
What is the best way to break a bad habit? Build new, positive habits. Keep track of the number of tabs you open and periodically close tabs that you do not use. You can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + W (CMD + W) to quickly close tabs without targeting small red X's. You can also right-click on a tab to close "Close Tabs" or "Close Other Tabs."
Manage Tabs Manually
Tabs exist for a reason. Whether you're working or shopping, you probably have at least five tabs that need to stay open. The thing is, useful tabs can sometimes get lost in a sea of nonsense.
If you need to scroll quickly through a clutter of tabs, hold down the CTRL key and press the Tab key. Each time you press the Tab key (while holding down the CTRL key), you navigate through a vertical tab window that displays the name of each tab next to a web page preview.
Alternatively, you can track your useful tabs by pinning them to your browser. To do this, right-click on a tab and select "Pin tab". If you pin a tab, it will be locked and resized on the left side of your browser. New tabs do not interfere with your pinned tabs, and pinned tabs can not be closed without right-clicking.
Pinning tabs is of course only useful if you focus on one task. If you inspect Mark Twain while looking for a new toilet seat, your attached tabs can become a mess. Try to organize separate tasks in separate browser windows. You can use CTRL + N to open a new browser window, or hold down the SHIFT key while clicking a link to open it in a new window.
Bookmarks for Later Tabs
The tab bar can be a useful place to store things for later. However, if your tab bar is constantly overwhelmed by YouTube and how-to-geek pages, it may be time to organize these pages into your bookmarks.
If you want to add tab folders to the bookmarks bar, right-click. Click Add Folder in the bookmarks bar. You can create a folder with a simple name, such as "Read" or "Watch," or use folders like "Mark Twain Sources" or "Potential Toilet Seats" for more detailed information. Clean up the bookmarks folder only when you're done. Otherwise, you've just turned your 100-tab habit into a 100-bookmark habit.
Cross-Device Extensions to Manage and Synchronize Tabs
Manually managing and saving bookmarks for tabs and bookmarks can be problematic. Extensions exist. Although some browser extensions may cause privacy issues, their usefulness is unquestionable.
Some extensions are an advanced version of your browser's bookmark feature. For example, Pocket is great for storing pages you want to read later. You can access your Pocket account on any device, and the service can read articles if you do not feel like using your little eyes. Evernote offers similar features for multiple devices, but is especially useful for organizing web pages and creating notes for projects. And if you're trying to organize or release websites for work, there's nothing like Trello.
There are also some Chrome browser extensions that let you navigate and manage your tabs. OneTab can automatically sort your tabs into lists and reduce the memory usage of your browser. SideWise tree style tabs let you turn your horizontal tab bar into an easy-to-read vertical tab window. If you want to hide your useless or annoying tabs for a short time (for example, an hour), you can try an extension like Tab Snooze.
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Consider changing the browser.
Again, you can not blame your browser for 100 tabs. However, some browsers have useful tab management features that help you improve your habits. Surprisingly, Chrome does not have many built-in tab management features. Maybe it's time to use another browser?
Whatever you do, try using a single browser on all devices, including your phone. Modern browsers have sync options that let you automatically transfer your tabs and bookmarks so you do not lose track of Youtube videos when you leave the office.
The Microsoft Edge browser is marked by a lot of stigma, but that's honestly one of our favorite browsers. Microsoft recently redrew the Edge browser with a Chromium engine and it's a dream come true (and yes, Chrome extensions can now be used). Unlike other browsers, Edge has a fantastic Tab Disable feature that lets you hide and organize your tabs for later.
Opera is another great feature -neglected browser that runs on the Chromium engine. It has an unobtrusive bookmarking feature called "Speed Dialing" that lets you organize and stash links for later. The Opera shortcut can be accessed from Opera's Home Page or Sidebar, making your additional tabs invisible but still easy to access.
And of course there is Firefox. Mozilla's iconic browser pioneered the Tree Style Tab extension and has a useful built-in SnoozeTabs feature that lets you hide tabs and choose when to automatically re-appear. It's also worth noting that the Firefox browser for mobile offers better tabbing and sync options than other mobile browsers. This is helpful if you are always on the move.
Do you need to open 100 tabs?
A clean desktop is not for everyone. For some people, 100 tabs are a sign of productivity and not a sign of lack of digital hygiene. In the words of Einstein: "If an overloaded desk is a sign of an overloaded mind, what should we think of an empty desk?"
Actually, Einstein never said that, but the famous physicist did a pretty dirty sport Writing desk. The problem is that you are not in Einstein's shoes. While a desk may handle hundreds of pieces of paper, a computer can not always handle hundreds of tabs.
If your computer is supposed to run smoothly with 100 open tabs (not recommended), you should consider upgrading your PC's RAM or using an automatic tab-suspension extension like The Great Suspender. RAM upgrades your browser to more memory, and a tab suspension extension limits RAM usage on tabs that you are not actively using.
Sources: Trello, Zapier