Browsing the Internet can certainly be a lot of fun. If you couple that with the ability to do multiple tasks simultaneously, then you are on your way towards being productive.
However, it is easy to end up have one-too-many tabs opened at once. In such cases, having a means of intuitively managing or closing those tabs could be great.
Such would be the case with Google Chrome, as it is notoriously known for how much RAM it consumes.
The name of this extension says it all, as its main purpose is the management of more tabs that you could normally handle by yourself.
Once installed, you will be able to get a glimpse of the contents of a tab just by hovering your mouse over it. This spares you of the time wasted actually cycling through them manually.
Probably the most iconic feature of TooManyTabs is that it can automatically backup/restore active tabs to your Google Drive account.
- Can automatically backup and restore active tabs to your Google Drive account
- The interface may seem cluttered for some
The Great Suspender
If you are looking for an extension specifically designed to suspend tabs after a set period of time, then The Great Suspender is the tool for you.
This extension lets you program a tab to shut down by itself after anywhere between 20 seconds and 3 days. It also lets you automatically suspend tabs after a certain period if they meet certain criteria.
More so, you can even whitelist certain websites so that they never get suspended.
- Make sure you never lose track of your tabs
- Limited use compared to other entries
Tabli is incredibly simplistic in terms of how it is designed. The UI is intuitive and minimalistic, and it makes switching tabs almost enjoyable.
What’s more, Tabli can manage the tabs in different Chrome windows, which is something most of our other entries cannot. It does this by showing the tabs grouped up based on the windows they are opened in.
- Great for when you frequently have many tabs open
- Pretty much useless if you have fewer than 5 tabs opened
Tab Manager Plus
Tab Manager Plus has all of the most basic elements that you could find in a tab management extension. This includes tools to close, rearrange and switch in between tabs more easily.
However, one feature that makes it stand apart is that the extension shows you the number of open tabs right on the icon.
This feature becomes most useful when you reach a number of tabs that neither your eye nor your PC‘s RAM can keep track of.
- Allows you to rearrange tabs the way you like them
- Useless if you don’t have plenty of tabs opened
What makes Cluster stand apart is that if you click it, a new Chrome tab will open showing you all other tabs organized in a neat manner.
This makes Cluster behave somewhat similarly to TooManyTabs, but in a more unique way. It also features a search bar for you to easily find the tabs you are looking for.
- The search bar allows you to find anything in your tab list
- Not for those that are more visually-inclined
Toby’s functionality is somewhat similar to Cluster as far as tab displaying goes. While the extension lets you view all of your open tabs, it also lets you group them into custom clusters, called Collections.
Additionally, you can save these Collections for later use, and you can launch all of the tabs that belong to a Collection with a single click.
This allows great work flexibility, especially if you are the type that gets engaged in different projects simultaneously.
- Lets you group tabs by category for easier management
- Clustering is done by hand
Fruumo is pretty much the simplest extension in the list as far as the interface goes, and it also has the ability to show you how many tabs are open right on the icon.
Additionally, it also features a search bar which also lets you search through your history and bookmarks, not just the open tabs.
- Incredibly simple interface
- Manages your history and bookmarks too
- Search times vary depending on your browsing history
Session Buddy prides itself on being the most powerful and versatile tab manager on our list since it includes several extensive tweaking options.
You can configure anything from session names to maximum session counts that can be saved. Session information can be saved in many formats, such as JSON, HTML, and CSV.
However, all of this utility comes at the cost of simplicity, as it is a bit harder to use than other tab managers.
- Lets you save browsing sessions in external formats
- It isn’t the simplest tab manager out there
OneTab is another tab manager that comes with a unique twist. It goes and converts all of your tabs into an easy and accessible list.
This makes the extension especially desirable if you are in the habit of losing count of tabs. You can even dismiss and restore them from the list, either one at a time, or all at once.
- Converts your tabs into a list
- Lists can be harder to read if not zoomed in
A quick summary of Tab Management extensions
In my opinion, if you’re the type of person that loves doing a lot of work, but frequently get lost in all the tabs that are open, then you definitely need a tab management extension.
This goes double for anyone out there that uses Google Chrome but lacks the hardware to open too many tabs before issues occur.
All that being said, go ahead and try out all of the extensions listed above, and pick the one that best suits your work style.
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