A Quick Browser Hack: Taking Control of All Those Open Tabs

06 February 2008 · 4 comments

I just had a moment of revelation. I know this is probably no big deal to many of you, and that you’ve probably been doing this all along, but it’s new to me.

I generally have about fifty open browser tabs. It’s a mess. These tabs are spread over six or seven browser windows. There’s no rhyme or reason to how things are organized. It’s all very stream-of-consciousness.

Just now, however, as I was prepping a piece for Get Rich Slowly about Valentine’s Day, it occurred to me that it would make sense to have all of my tabs related to this subject in the same window so that I didn’t have to go hunting for this article or that whenever I needed it.

Like I said: DUH!

So I spent ten minutes dragging my tabs around, making things orderly. As a result, I have more open windows than before, but each one is devoted to a specific topic or activity. It makes so much more sense. Now if only I could label a window. I could call one “Valentine’s research” and another “Animal Intelligence links”, etc.

Maybe nobody has thought of this before. Maybe I’m a genius!


1 Lauren February 6, 2008 at 17:07

You can save them in Safari… it will say “save these tabs as…” and you can open all the tabs later. You can even schedule when to do certain research by telling yourself, “Friday I will open those tabs and finish that research”: and save the tabs until later.

2 Amy Jo February 6, 2008 at 18:02

Genius? Maybe. Geeky? Yes, very.

3 mac February 7, 2008 at 13:39

Shift-Command-D in Firefox is “Bookmark all Tabs” and you can put them in their own folder when you do that. It only helps if you remember to bookmark all tabs when all the tabs are about the same thing though. Right now, I have folders for “Vitamins” “HFCS” all based on my recent google searches for those things. It’s pretty handy

4 dowingba March 8, 2008 at 01:01

A real genius would have only one window and one tab open, for he would be focused only on the one most important subject.

What subject is that? Don’t ask me, I’m not a genius…

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