When you’re in the middle of a research project, it’s very easy to get over-excited and open dozens of browser tabs. This slows down your computer and it’s almost impossible to see everything you’ve found. OneTab is a clever browser extension for Chrome that converts all of your tabs into a simple list. From here, you can either restore them individually or all at once. Not only do you have a tidy browser, you’ll also all save up to 95% of computer memory.
To send all of your tabs to a list, just click the OneTab icon next to your address bar:
Your tabs are automatically closed and the URLs added to a list:
From here you can either click on the links to restore them individually, or choose the ‘Restore all’ option. To change the order in which they are restored to your browser, just click and drag the links up and down. You can even make them available as a webpage and share it with others. OneTab will also generate a QR code, which means you can scan it to quickly access the list on your smartphone.
To control exactly what is sent to OneTab, use the right-click (command-click on Mac) menu. Now you can choose to exclude certain tabs or send everything to OneTab that appears to the right or left of the current tab:
If you right-click on a web link, you’ll have the option to send it to OneTab without having to open the link first – very useful if you want to quickly put together a reading list for later.
It’s also possible to create named groups within OneTab. You might want to name your group after a particular subject, or perhaps identify it by the day on which you did that research. To name a group, click ‘More’, then ‘Name this tab group’. You can also add a star for the groups you access most frequently so that they appear at the top of your list.
Once a group is set up, you can then choose to send tabs directly to it using the right-click menu:
Pleasingly, this incredibly useful tool is completely free, and you don’t even need to register or hand over any personal details. Downloading and installing OneTab takes less than a minute, so why not give it a go?