Browser Tab Madness – How to Stay Productive With 50 Sites Open

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A typical workday often requires switching between different projects and tasks. I try to not get into multitasking, but sometimes its unavoidable – a client calls, or one in a million idea hits me, or a push notification requires me to act.

Switching between tabs is required. I start clicking around – I remember I had this Google Doc open somewhere, that chat window I was in a conversation 5 mins ago, 10 clicks later I found it.

As most knowledge workers I end up having 10-50 browser tabs open already a few hour into the day. Most of them can be grouped together, examples would be:

Group 1: Fresh van Root – default apps (4 apps)

Group 2: Client specific apps for TechTalk

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Yammer
  • A shared OneNote file
  • Twitter @TechTalks

Group 3-5: More client specific sites

Group 6: My personal social media accounts

  • ….

You get the picture. The easiest way to handle this is having this groups of pages always open in separate browser windows. That requires some thinking ahead. In this case I would end up with several browser windows open with several tabs during the day.

Wouldn’t it be cool to save these groups of websites and re-open all at once when needed?OneTabis a solution to this problem. Save all open tabs in a group and restore all sites at a later time.

Re-Opening my default apps with one click

I spend 90% of my day in a web-based apps. The last remaining tasks I am required to use locally installed apps are things related to book-keeping and accounting. My operating system has turned into a hub for using a browser mainly.

The main benefit of using OneTab is that it also acts as kind of a panic button. You don’t have time to look at 50 browser tabs you are about to close right now but will continue your research later. Click one button and you are ready for a fresh start.

Saving a tab group for later use

Tip: Use the lock group feature for your default tab groups! Otherwise once restored tab groups will be removed from your OneTab page.

Bonus Feature: You can publish OneTab groups as website. This is useful if you are researching on a topic and want to share your bookmarks with other people.

Share your research as web page | Lock your default groups

Keep in mind: OneTab does not require an account, and it does not sync between browsers. Once you switch browser or device your tab groups are gone.

If you constantly end up having 50 tabs open at once give OneTab a try! The extension helps to organize your tab madness and saves a lot of clicks. Someone would expect such functionality built-in in current browsers, but both Chrome and Firefox offer only very basic management for bookmarks.

OneTab is available for Chrome and FireFox!

Update: After sharing this article on social media this Chrome extension called The Great Suspender has also been recommended to reduce browser tab madness.

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Rolf Mistelbacher

Rolf Mistelbacher

Hi, I am the CEO & Founder of Fresh van Root, a boutique digital agency in Vienna, Europe.I got first online in '96 and since then I am hooked on the web. Here I blog about social media, WordPress and blogging, productivity, apps and tools for digital marketers, and all things related to running a digital agency.Before starting Fresh van Root I was working at Microsoft for quite some time. Get in touch with me on LinkedIn or Twitter!

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