I am not asking for management or storage or export or sharing ... or anything interesting at all. I should just be able to go to:
(or whatever) and see a text list of tab URLs. All browsers should have this functionality.
It's making me rather cynical, because I'd like to think that browsers are user agents, but I think these days they're just advertising company agents that happen to run on users' computers.
[No affiliation, I'm just a user]
- Ctrl+Shift+D (bookmark all), optionally type name, press Enter
- Ctrl+Shift+O [Cmd+Shift+ B on Mac IIRC] (open bookmarks), click on the folder or navigate to it with Tab and arrows
- Important: press Tab to select the contents rather than the folder
- Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C
Differences, clicking OneTab's "Share as web page" will give you a link with the date-time you merged your tabs into the OneTabs list as well as a QR Code.
Saving tabs and also saving memory, when it auto merges them into a single space.
You can export your bookmarks in JSON, HTML or XML. I have a Python script that takes the JSON export and sends my bookmarks to archive.org's Save Page Now! service https://pastebin.com/uUVE22RD .
The biggest downside is that UI is slower, as obviously a web server is involved. But I like the UX flow provided by BrowserNative's Pinboard extension: Alt+P to open bookmarking page, hit few letters of a tag, hit Tab to accept suggestion, hit Enter to Save, hit Ctrl+W to close the tab.
I have to say however, that my use case is primarily saving stuff "for future reference" or as long-term todo. I still have 20+ tabs open for short-lived stuff. Perhaps your workflow may differ.
What I miss a bit about onetab is the ability to quickly save or restore a whole set of tabs, and how you can open and delete a link in a single click.
1. We want to do multiple things at once (very rare, very limited, let's say we have 5 such things, Gmail, Slack, Gitlab, monitoring, etc.)
2. We want to have websites preloaded and ready to go as soon as we get to that tab (often)
3. We want to "bookmark" links temporarily without actually saving them into our Bookmarks (this goes hand in hand with point 2. but not always)
4. Observation: large numbers of pre-opened tabs will stay opened for a very long time until we actually find the time to get to them, consuming memory, tab bar space, as well as our mental space as we have their tab icons visible.
So I think based on the above, an ideal tab management system would:
- understand "sessions/groups/trees", e.g. I opened HN and alt+clicked on links and discussions that interest me as I went through the list
- gave me an opportunity to transfer such "trees" to another browser window, session, computer
- had an option to automatically, or on a command, archive (and later restore from) these into a tab history, which would retain the hierarchy
- had other functionality that I cannot foresee at this moment
Additionally, the browser should probably load & pause a background tab once its opened using alt+click, and only run it once its actually opened by the user.
I see web browsers as digital magazine renderers. Each tab is a new magazine or magazine page. The web isn't very composable, clicking on a link takes me to a new magazine page, complete with its own design and own design language. There's no way to interrupt the browser at a particular point where I am reading in the magazine and have it introduce other cross referenced content within the article I am already reading. I have to go to a separate tab and separate page for it.
Pretty polished, and has some goodies like trimming the site's name from the tab title. It's made by Benjamin Mayo. Very useful.
Imagine hitting a button and having AWS drop everything it does into a Terraform file or CloudFormation file or something. Or maybe you go through the UI selecting options and at the end you hit "Export to TF" and you get a TF thing selecting the options you had. That would be cool!
I've heard that Azure has something like this but I haven't tried it myself.
I press Option + C, and the output looks like this:
* CopyTabTitleUrl – Get this Extension for Firefox (en-US) || https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/copytabtitleu...
Works in Firefox and Chrome.
* CopyTabTitleUrl - Chrome Web Store || https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/copytabtitleurl/lm...
It can also grab the format for all open tabs. Here it's grabbing the title + URL, complete with my formatting.
* Netflix || https://www.netflix.com/...
* Hacker News || https://news.ycombinator.com/
* Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more || https://www.amazon.com/
It opens a new tab with a list of open tabs and a (focused) search field you can use to filter that list. Really useful when you have a ton of open tabs and looking for one in particular.
Even if you don't use it actively, it periodically saves the state of your windows and tabs (all locally), so you can restore sessions from months and years ago.
Although it is not open-source, it has customizable exports in a variety of text formats
Too tired to write more, but if you use chrome check it out.
I currently have 29... Trying to figure out on which side I'm an outlier. I know (thanks to the favicon) what each tab is and when I'll use it next, but am I just wasting ram on my computer and in meatspace?
There's no clear reason for page to be on any specific window though. Usually I just end up with 15 pages open next to each other about some specific topic that I'm interested at that time.
Running quite minimal amount of add-ons. Tab Stats is one I'd recommend for people with large amount of tabs. Provides easy way to prune duplicates etc.
My biggest source of grief is session management between restarts. Firefox thankfully remembers the windows and tabs, but it doesn't reopen windows on the same virtual desktops they were on when it closed, at least under GNOME defaults. (Nor do the other programs.) That makes me do a lot of manual rearranging whenever it restarts, which is a pain. Other than that, it usually works well.
I just keep tabs open as a reminder to read stuff but unfortunately I rarely find the time. I guess I'll need to find a better way to organise my 'to read' list ...
Seven windows have between 5 and 20 tabs open.
And I'm ashamed to report the eighth window has so many tabs I can't see them all when maximized on a 32-inch monitor, just have to ctrl-tab through the invisible ones that scroll off the right side.
I feel like browsers should have a refresh button. I have Firefox set to clear history and tabs on closing since that is what I usually prefer. However, once in a while I'll have 20 tabs open, but Firefox has been running for days and I feel like it's eating up more memory than it needs and getting sluggish. It would be nice to click a button where it simply closes and reopens Firefox with all of the tabs present again.
I typically close my browser when I'm done doing something and I don't have it remember my last opened tabs.
Usually when developing or casually browsing I'll have anywhere between 3 and 15+ depending on what I'm researching and doing. I'm totally cool with them disappearing when I'm done with the session.
On Firefox - I have 7 windows with ~200 tabs open.
I wish cluster was available on Firefox
Now, thinking of using some newsletter automation to deliver 5 links from those folders daily so that I can remove them over time.
Try to keep it < 50 and 2-3 windows on average.
* Research about a subject (that I didn't close when I continued to the next one)
* "Oh that's interesting, I'll read it later"
I do remember that 10+ years ago I used to have a nice collection of bookmarks, each with relevant tags. Then one day I had to switch browsers due to performance issues, the new browser didn't support tags from the previous one so lost everything. Ended up just keeping tabs open after that and every now and then I just go through them until 500 or so remain.
For the "read it later" scenario I'm aware that there are a lot of services that try to solve that problem, none that I've tried just seem to fit my workflow.
might be useful to you:
and open source too if someone feels like contributing:
I'm a heavy Tree Style Tab user, though, and tree-state isn't reflected in your addon. Would you consider implementing the support (and maybe easy JSON export of the generated list)?
In any case, thanks for your efforts.
You can favorite an item from the list view of items, but it adds it to the favorite list without prompting to sort into another list, which is worse than the YT or FB implementations of collection sorting. It's also easier to miss the prompt on the item view page since it only pops up for a few seconds. It ends up being easier to just open all the tabs and never favorite items I might want or not instead of going through favorites.
I tend to open various tabs to read things on Reddit, Wikipedia, research papers, etc in general and not come around to them either.
On top of that sometimes I leave things open because I want to share it later and haven't found a tool that makes it easy to sort collections like this. Pinterest is okay for things that have images, but the usability is not quite there either.
The web is a tree of links, but my reading is linear, so I have to queue the nodes discovered in a linear fashion for reading.
For example, I prefer tabs over bookmarks because I never revisit bookmarks. With tabs, I will eventually get around to them. And I'm in no rush to minimize them. I may want to pick my brain from weeks ago and looking at the tabset I had open then is exactly what I want to do, like that one time I was deep-diving on Crusader King 2 strategies.
It's not like poor hygiene or a dirty house because it's completely digital. What is the actual difference between having a minimized browser with 100 tabs and 100 "to-do" bookmarks and 100 tabs saved to OneTab? Just your arbitrary prejudices.
On a related note, Chrome makes it easy to "move" your open tabs from one device to another via history / tabs from other devices / open all, which is very helpful if you tend to open a ton of links in new tabs to read later, but need to switch devices.
The only consistent way I've (sort of) gotten tabs from chrome on Android to anything else is plugging into a laptop and using the developer console list of URLs.
Also, do you know if there is a version of this for Firefox?
On that note though, how the heck is anyone supposed to sort through the infinite amount of "TabWhatever" extensions.