How Do You Manage Your Browser Tabs?

How Do You Manage Your Browser Tabs?

With so many websites to see and pages to visit, it’s easy to have an unmanageable number of tabs open in your web browser. So how do you keep that number down and your tabs under control?

Tabbed browsing is great, but it starts to get unwieldy when you have too many pages open at once. Regardless of how fast your browser may be, it’ll slow down your machine and even more so your browsing experience. One thing I’ve started to do is create a bookmark backlog for sites I leave open for too long or funnel pages into ReadItLater (alternative: Instapaper), but that hasn’t stopped my dock from filling up with numerous Chrome windows waiting to be viewed or shoved into one of those places.

So, readers, what do you do? How do you manage all your tabs and get them under control? Is it software? Is it mental prowess? Let us know in the comments.


  • I really like and use windows 7’s new taskbar. Usually I’ve got a few different categories open at the same time: work, problem solving for work and cloud stuff (gmail and grooveshark) which I all run in separate windows in firefox with just one screens worth of tabs

  • I just don’t. A lot of browser tabs are simply “interesting things” not necessarily anything important. And by “interesting things” I mean TV Tropes.

    If something is important, I open it in a new window so that I see it later when closing the main browser window.

  • Alternative (and superior IMHO) option to Instapaper and ReadItLater: Pinboard.

    Very lean, fast, smart bookmarking. Costs a small amount once-off to sign up (which keeps member numbers down and the service fast). Currently $US6.48 – the amount slowly increases as numbers grow.

    I use PinBoard’s “read it later” feature for cross-browser online storage of a lot of the things I would otherwise keep open in tabs – interesting stuff that I’ve yet to read/file/discard.

  • I use ReadItLater quite a lot. I also use multiple firefox profiles at work to keep my work and play sites separate. And a good rule of thumb, if I didn’t read site X after two days, the tab doesn’t deserve to remain open

  • For tabs that I want to read later, I just use the Faviconize (firefox) extension which shrinks the tab down to the width of the favicon.

    I then drag shrunken tabs all the way to the left so that new tabs can open to the right.

    For web snippets that I want to read later, I just cut and paste them into MS Office OneNote.

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