My google trigger finger is trigger-fucking-happy. Ask me a question? I google it. In doubt? I google it. Write an iOS application from scratch? I google it. I Can’t think of the last time I used anything but a web search to know more about something, in what ever problem domain. I Honestly believe none of our experiences are unique, and someone somewhere must have had the exact same experience i’m having or expecting to have, and one of those someones somewhere must have written an amazing, info filled blogpost. I Know I would.
Being employed in the tech industry, you can imagine my experience with this has been quite good so far, as the community is highly documented, contributing and available on the web.
Well, that would probably be the case if it wasn’t for this:
Tab horror. That’s what my chrome tab bar looks like 99.99% of the time that’s not right after a reset. I Tried everything. Seriously. From extensions such as TabCloud for saving bulks of tabs for later use, to subscribing to a separate read later service just for things I come across and want to get back to, to using content classification extension such as GimmeBar, and so on.
Most of those chrome store so called ‘tab managers‘ only made my experience feel clumsy and less productive, and after trying vertical tabs (when they were still available) I just gave up. I Would open up as many tabs as i like, and close chrome and start from scratch once it felt like too much to handle.
Can’t there be a way to search the web a lot while staying productive, preserving that great article i found earlier, and preventing the need to reopen Gmail every few hours?
Well, lately i’ve set up a suprisingly simplistic solution to remedy this problem, and now i’m shouting it for the world to hear. It all comes down to these two chrome extensions:
Imagine being able to group tabs in a separate chrome window after opening them.
Well, the amazingly helpful Tab Extract chrome extension does just that – just type ‘ex’ followed by a space in the address bar, enter a search phrase, and any tab with a title or site matching the search will be extracted from the current chrome window into a new one. Use it to close all Amazon tabs, consolidate github repositories into a window, or get rid of left over google search result tabs.
Switch To Tab
See those 100 tabs up there in the image? well, I bet well over 30% of those are duplicates caused by conducting the exact same search an hour later when there’s no way to track down the original tab group containing that search and its results. Never mentioning GMail. With the excellent Switch To Tab chrome extension you will never open that extra GMail tab again: just type ‘sw’ followed by a space in the address bar, enter a search phrase, and select the tab you want. Any tab with a title or site matching the search will appear right under the address bar (just like history items do).
Hope these extensions do your browsing experience at least some of the good they did to mine.
Have your own productive way of managing tabs? shout it to the world to hear in the comments section.