TooManyTabs helps you better manage the dozens of tabs you have open [Chrome, Firefox]

download (1)Do you ever find yourself getting ridiculously unorganized with an unnecessary amount of tabs open in your browser? As a journalist I’m constantly having to open a dozen tabs while researching an article, or creating new graphics. Maybe you work in an office, or perhaps you’re a student working on an assignment, either way, having so many open at once can get very confusing. This is way I decided to check out TooManyTabs for Google Chrome and Firefox.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

The entire purpose of TooManyTabs is to help you stay organized, and generally maintain your sanity. It gives you multiple different views of the tabs you have opened, as well as ways to keep them arranged, and allow you to easily find the ones you need.

Pros

  • Birds eye view of opened tabs
  • A preview of what you have on each page
  • Multiple different ways to sort tabs
  • Very useful search option to find the tab you need
  • Different themes so you can try and match the theme you are using in your browser
  • Very easy to learn, and get used to

Cons

  • No tab scrolling
  • User Interface looks a bit dated, even with different themes in place
  • For some reason the preview for a tab does not always show up, not that big of ¬†deal
  • Completely useless to anyone who doesn’t frequently use at least a dozen tabs or more

Discussion

Overall I feel like whoever designed this extension had the right idea in mind. I noticed a good word someone else used to describe the user interface, “clunky”. That’s exactly what it is, and is my main quarrel with the extension. It could definitely use some refinement.

The thing I like most about this extension is the ability to search for a tab. If you have, say, 20 tabs open and you really need to find that awesome dotTech article you were reading, you can simply search “dotTech” and it will immediately show you the tabs related to dotTech.

Conclusion and Download Link

In conclusion, it is a very helpful extension for those of you who will have more than a dozen tabs open in your browser on a regular basis. In that case I would highly recommend it. If you only need a large amount of tabs open every once in a blue moon, or you have under ten open on a semi-regular basis, it’s kind of useless.

Generally I would say this is a fairly short, simple review, but there is really nothing else to say. If you feel the need to have an absurd amount of tabs open, this is fantastic. Other than looking like it was made for Windows 98, of course. If you don’t regularly need that many tabs open, don’t install it. You don’t need it.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.0.0

Requires: Google Chrome and Firefox

Download Size: 249 KB

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3 comments

  1. darthyoda6

    It sounds like a feature built into Palemoon, which is a Windows only fork of Firefox. Click the icon at the right of your tabs, it pops up a box with all the tabs open, including a mini preview of the pages if you’ve viewed them recently, or start typing and it automatically finds all tabs that match. I love this feature of Palemoon which is one reason why I wouldn’t switch back to Firefox, since I have 260 tabs open, although a # I haven’t looked at for a while but I don’t want to loose the page.

  2. Louis

    I find the TooManyTabs add-on in FireFox an absolute “must -have” feature — that’s in fact the only reason I still have FF installed, as Chrome is now my default browser, due to it being so very much faster.

    However, the TooManyTabs extension works completely different in Chrome, apparently due to the way Chrome was programmed (if I understood that part correctly).

    Be that as it may — in Chrome that extension is very confusing in the way it works (it appears to run your tabs from right to left, instead of left to right), and does not work (you can’t seem to assign categories to tabs as in FF, which is the whole point), so you will at best just end up with a confusing mess of tabs bundled “in the waiting room” making it completely unusable and just about worthless in practice (at least compared to how polished and functional it is in FF) .

    Unlike its (original) FF counterpart, which in my books is possibly Add-on nr 1 !

    So now, whenever I have huge tab overflow , especially on one topic, I just store these tabs for later use in FF TooManyTabs.

    Now if FF can just get its speed up to that of Chrome, or if Chrome can just get its act together with their TMT extension, I would be a happy camper at either ! But neither is going to happen I guess …