Dustman auto-closes unused Firefox tabs to lighten device load

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

When you’re looking for a specific piece of information on the internet, you tend to open tens of tabs. Each tab contains valuable information for your search, but still don’t offer a clear picture on the matter, so you open another tab, and another, and another —  you get the picture. Soon, you end up with too many open tabs and you risk getting lost in all that information.

Another disadvantage is the impact too many tabs have on your browser, slowing it down. If you want to avoid this, you can install Dustman, a Firefox extension that automatically closes tabs which haven’t been used for 20 minutes.

Dustman will start closing your tabs when you have more than five tabs open, and it won’t close anything you haven’t viewed yet to avoid missing vital information.

If the extension closes an important tab and you want to restore it, you can do that by clicking on the Dustman icon. Dustman will then open a panel with the last 100 tabs closed. All you have to do is select the tab you want to restore.

You can also disable the extension temporarily in the case you’re working on a very important project. All these figures and settings may be tweaked, enabled or disabled in Dustman’s Options dialog.

Dustman for Firefox supports the following Windows operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32-bit), Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32-bit), Windows Vista (64-bit) and Windows XP.

Users love Dustman’s simplicity and are satisfied with the way the extension works:

Sometimes the simple ideas are better.
Thank you.

 

Very nice works exactly as described. I used this to replace another tab auto-closer because it stopped working for me. One feature I think would benefit Dustman is modifying the soon-to-be-closed tab title color. Or some indication of a tab that is going to be closed soon.

You can download Dustman for free from Mozilla.

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