How to Manage Tabs in Chrome?
We know most of you guys somehow love Google Chrome. Why not? It’s a great browser with so many features. Despite all of its features, Chrome manages its tabs efficiently. But, sometimes there could be many tabs open idle and consuming more resources. Trying to handle tab by tab is a hectic task, so in this article, we are going to show some effective ways to manage tabs in Chrome.
How to Manage Tabs in Chrome
There are two ways of managing Chrome tabs: one way is by using ‘Built-in features’ and second is by using the ‘Extension’.
Built-in Features for Managing Chrome tabs
Given below are some built-in features you have in Chrome for tabs management.
Reopen Closed Tabs
This feature allows you to reopen closed tab quickly. After finishing the work, most of you just close the Chrome directly. But you may sometimes need to open those tabs again. Generally, you go to the history and open all the tabs one-by-one. But, there is a simple way to do that – just right-click on the top empty area in the Chrome menu bar and click on ‘Reopen closed tabs’.
You can also use the shortcut ‘CTRL + SHIFT + T’ to reopen all the previously closed tabs.
This option allows you to pin the important tabs as a small icon on the top left hand corner of Chrome. Right-click on the tab and select the option ‘Pin tab’. Now you will the selected tab has been pinned successfully.
Pinning the tabs makes more space for you to work. This option also prevents them from closing by accident so that all your work won’t be erased. The favicon will still be there and switching of tab using ‘CTRL + Tab’ keys will still work.
This feature allows you to drag a tab to a new window. For doing this, just click and hold on the tab you want to move and drag the tab down and leave. It will automatically create a new window.
This might be helpful when you have too many tabs opened in Chrome and there is no more space to add new tabs. Besides dragging a tab to a new window, you can also drag any Chrome tabs left or right to rearrange the order of the tabs. Once the tabs are in the required order, you can uses “Control + number” to access the particular tabs in sequence.
Close Multiple Tabs
When too many tabs are opened, maybe you need to close them all at once. This feature allows to close the tabs in different ways. One way is you can close a single tab by pressing ‘CTRL + W’. You can also right-click on the tab and choose ‘Close tab’.
The second way is that you can close all other tabs except leaving the one which is currently open. Right-click on the tab and choose ‘Close other tabs’.
The third way is to close all the tabs from the right-hand side but leaving the left ones. Right-click on the tab and choose ‘Close tabs to the right’.
Use Keyboard Shortcuts
For managing tabs in Chrome:
- You can use ‘CTRL + T’ to open a new tab.
- ‘CTRL + 9’ allows you to jump to the last tab in the currently opened window.
- ‘CTRL + W’ allows you to close tab one by one.
Shortcuts are great in terms of making things easier. They can make your work faster in Chrome especially in managing tabs.
Enable ‘Continue where you left off’
This feature in Chrome is used to continue using all the tabs from where you left last time. This is quite useful in doing some long-time work. If you are reading something on the Internet, this would be helpful. To enable this feature, open a new tab, type the command URL ‘chrome://settings’ and hit ‘Enter’. Scroll down a bit and under ‘On start-up’ section, click on ‘Continue where you left off’.
Using Extension in Managing Chrome Tabs
An extension can be really helpful in managing the Chrome tabs. ‘The Great Suspender’ helps you in managing the Chrome tab resources. The work of this extension is quite simple, it suspends the idle tabs after a certain time. You can set the time like after few seconds, minutes or even days. It also supports multiple tabs suspension. It’s really amazing and you should definitely use it. To add and use this extension, visit Chrome web store, search for ‘The Great Suspender’ and hit ‘Enter’ key. Click on ‘Add to Chrome’ button. Click on ‘Add extension’ button and the extension will be successfully added to your Chrome.
Click on the ‘The Great Suspender extension icon’ at the top-right corner and open ‘Settings’. In ‘General settings’, set the time for automatically suspending the tabs. Click on ‘Save settings’ for the changes to take effect.