Relief From Runaway Browser Tabs

A new Chrome extension will close all of your tabs and give you a linked list of all your previously open pages.


If you’re anything like me, you frequently have multiple browser windows open, each of which has numerous tabs that you’ve opened expecting to eventually read their content. Not only is this a memory hog, eventually it becomes difficult to find anything.

The Atlantic’s Rebecca Rosen points to relief, at least for Chrome users:

A new Chrome extension will bring you some piece of mind. Install OneTab (takes mayyybe two seconds), and a little funnel icon will appear to the right of your URL bar. With one click to the funnel, OneTab will swoop up all your tabs and give you just (you guessed it) one tab containing a list of all the links you’ve been keeping open for just way too long. It does so with a nice, relief-bringing animation too.

It’s pretty simple:

OneTab lets you easily export and import your tabs as a list of URLs. You can also create a web page from your list of tabs, so that you can easily share your tabs with other people, other computers, or with your smartphone or tablet.

You can drag and drop tabs in your OneTab list to reorder them. You can also hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key while restoring tabs and they will remain in your OneTab list (meaning you can use OneTab as a way of quickly launching a set of commonly used tabs). OneTab supports retina displays. Note that OneTab is designed to leave in place any ‘pinned’ tabs you have.

You will not lose your list of tabs if you accidentally close the OneTab window, if your browser crashes, or if restart your computer.

I’ve just installed it and it works as advertised. You don’t even need to close and relaunch the browser first.

via Alexis Madrigal

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  1. Tran says:

    The last sentence reads “Additionally,”. Is there something missing?

  2. John Peabody says:


  3. anjin-san says:

    For Mac users, “Memory Clean” is a free app that does a nice job keeping resources freed up. I run it half a dozen times a day.

  4. James Joyner says:

    @Tran: @John Peabody: Editing detritus. It was originally a transition to the second blockquote from the observation that now closes the post.

  5. matt says:

    but but I love me +20 tabs in firefox. Nothing makes me happier then having my browser using +1.5 GB of ram.