The Best Chrome Extensions For Browser Management

The Best Chrome Extensions For Browser Management

There are plenty of extensions you can use to manage any organisational “difficulties” you have in Chrome. Here are a few of the ones I use to keep me sane.

When you have so many open tabs that they look like a little mountain range.Screenshot: David Murphy

I’m the worst at keeping my browser organised – the absolute worst. I’ll open tabs like adding entries on a to-do list, and then forget about them for weeks as more of their peers join the party in the penthouse above Chrome’s address bar. Here are some Chrome extensions that can help.

The Great Suspender


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We’ve written about this wonder before (twice, in fact), but The Great Suspender is easily one of the best browser extensions I’ve ever installed. Even though I have a fairly formidable gaming desktop — 16GB of memory! Get crazy! — I find that having 20+ tabs open in my browser’s background can sometimes slow it to a crawl or otherwise mess up Chrome in some catastrophic way.

With The Great Suspender, you set a time limit — say, 15 minutes. If you haven’t touched a particular browser tab in that time, The Great Suspender does exactly what its name suggests: It puts the tabs on a “standby mode” of sorts, ensuring they aren’t eating up extra memory in your browser. Better still, the extension fades out these tabs a little bit so you don’t lose track of the few tabs you’re actually using among your sprawling sea of open sites.



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I love the concept of OneTab. I’ve installed it without issue and it works absolutely perfectly. My only hesitation in using it more than I already do, which is sparingly, is that its premise — condensing all of your open tabs into a single tab with a simple list of links — makes it easier to forget about them. But that’s a me thing, not a OneTab thing. If you let it work for you, this extension offers a perfect way to get more control over your messy browsing habits.

Session Buddy


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Sometimes, Chrome crashes. And, sometimes, it crashes in such a strange way that its typical “do you want to restore the tabs that were open before I made a mess” offering doesn’t work at all. That’s not a big deal if you have one or two tabs you were using; if you have 20 or more, you’re going to have to hunt through your history to find out what they all were.

Session Buddy has saved my bacon more times than I can count. Restoring old browser sessions — like the one that was working perfectly right before Chrome got the crazies — just takes a few mouse clicks. The extension even lists out all the websites that are in each of its saved sessions to help you verify you’re restoring the correct batch of tabs.

Earth View from Google Earth


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When you’re opening your 35th tab of the day in a single browser window, sometimes it’s just nice to have something pretty to look at. Earth View from Google Earth — the longest extension name for the simplest of features — shows you a new image from Google Earth whenever you open a new tab. Consider it Chrome’s Moment of Zen.

This story has been updated since its original publication.


  • What a lifesaver (or tabsaver) this article is. Thank you so much.

    Its good to know I’m not the only crazy who has so many tabs open at once. Not only do I have tabs everywhere but I also have numerous (currently 5) separate windows with many tabs on each at the same time. This is my way of attempting to gain some order and control to my browsing, each window being a different subject with many tabs on that particular subject.

  • Better option, install Opera dev / beta.
    I have reduced my memory usage about 50% switching to Opera.

    You can get most of the useful extentions there as well or download an extention called something like Install Chrome Extensions. (Google it or search on Opera Store).

    Never bothered with the memory and resources hog that is Chrome since then on my Desktop PC.

  • If chrome doesn’t restore previous session’s tabs, the shortcut (Windows: Ctrl+Shift+T) to reopen the last closed tab can often restore all those tabs. It has saved me more than once. Note you may have to press the shortcut a couple of times.

  • There are much better extensions than these!

    Tabs Outliner – A very powerful way to manage heaps (thousands) of tabs

    The Great Discarder – Uses Chrome’s native function to discard tabs from memory. More memory efficient than The Great Suspender.

    Join – Send pages, texts, clipboard and other info between browsers. Like Pushbullet but much better.

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