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Jul 202013

file4181253208702I have written before about the fact that I have too many tabs open in Google Chrome. In this article I would like to share with you the cure that I’m currently using, and it’s great.  First of all though…

The Problem

Yes I’ve ready plenty of blogs and articles on the internet which say I should focus and not have umpteen gazillion tabs open, but sometimes I can’t help it:

35 Google Chrome processes:


Many tabs:


Not only is this bad for productivity, and I have to admit that I thought it was mumbo jumbo when I read that it *was* bad for productivity, but I can tell you straight, it is bad. But not only is it bad for productivity it also consumes a large amount of RAM. This little lot above was consuming a total of 981 Mb. I know from 24 GB of onboard RAM that isn’t exactly a lot, but, it’s far more than a web browser should be ‘allowed’ to consume, surely?!

The Solution?

Now I install OneTab – http://www.one-tab.com/



Much better.. now only 250 Mb in use! And, it is definitely helping with my productivity because it lets me spend time browsing for interesting stuff to review or read ‘later’, and then when I’ve spent a short time doing that I can ‘zap’ all the tabs, and begin to focus on one thing.

In Use

Onetab is very simple to use, it is just a matter of clicking on the OneTab button in the toolbar, and it will store all the tabs away. Clicking on it again, you get a list of tabs that are stored, and you can click on one to re-launch. At this time you can even decide that actually you don’t want a particular tab, and close it, without having to relaunch it.


Here is a reference graphic from their home page, and whilst I’ve not seen quite such stunning memory reduction as they have shown here.. I have:

a/ Saved a ton of RAM
b/ Made a far less cluttered interface
c/ Helped focus on a single task at a time
So why don’t you give Onetab a go, and let me know what you think in the comments….

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  5 Responses to “Too Many Tabs in Google Chrome?”

  1. Check the Tabs Outliner extension also. You might like it much more.

    It is really all in one solution for too many tabs problem that attack and fight it from all the possible perspectives. The OnaTab just implement only one of the key features of Tabs Outliner. And it is actually nothing more than “bookmark all tabs” + close the window. Yet without bookmarks synchronization and theirs rich organizing capabilities.

    • Thanks for the comment. I had a quick look at the Tabs Outliner extension and it looks pretty cool! I will take a closer look at it in the next few days.

      • > I will take a closer look at it in the next few days.
        Yeh, it is seems it is biggest problem.
        too scare as for a regular Chrome plugin : )

        That is why being in Chrome Web Store for a much longer time it is make only fraction of the users that OneTab make.

  2. I often open so many tabs when browsing. sometimes 8 to 12 tabs once 😛
    this really could be the solution I need. thanks for the sharing! 😀

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, you’re right, it might be what you’re looking for. It has certainly helped me a ton.

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