Reduce tab clutter and memory consumption in Chrome with OneTab

As I read & research a lot on the Internet, I always look to improve upon my research workflow. Sometimes while doing my research around various topics, I end up opening a large number of tabs on Chrome. As we all know, Chrome is a real memory hog and it really slows down your computer as the number of open tabs grow. There are a bunch of TAB manager extensions available for Chrome which could help. But OneTab really stands out for me for a number of reasons. It is really simple to use and does what it says in really un-complicated manner. It is FREE as the developers have created it out of their own need and not to make money.

Save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter in Google Chrome.

OneTab
OneTab toolbar button

For me, OneTab solves two problems in one go. It helps me keep my browsing organized and reduce memory consumption very quickly. You can install OneTab from Chrome Web Store. Once installed, it will add a OneTab button to Chrome toolbar. Now whenever you are browsing, if you feel that your machine is slowing down due to too many open tabs, just click the OneTab button. All your tabs will be closed and a clean, elegant looking OneTab page will be loaded with links for all your tabs which were open before. Open Chrome Task manager (press Shift+Esc) and you will see that memory consumption is highly reduced. All the links (tabs) added to OneTab will be persisted even if you close the browser or shut down your machine.

Quick Tip

If you want to access your one tab page all the time and especially once you open the browser, you can simply pin this OneTab page (right click on the OneTab page tab and select Pin tab from the context menu). The OneTab page will now stay with you all the time like your other pinned tabs.
OneTab in action

OneTab in action

OneTab Page

Coming to OneTab page, here it has a number of things to offer. Restore all will restore all the tabs. Well, it does not hold your tabs in memory but simply preserves the URLs. So Restore all will open all those URLs in separate tabs. By default all the restored tabs will be deleted from OneTab page. But you can still keep those by using Options page. As for me, I won’t delete a tab unless I’m completely done with it. So I changed my option to Keep them in your OneTab list. Alternatively you may Lock the tab group which will prevent the tabs from getting deleted as you restore them. As the name suggests, Delete all will simply delete all the links/tabs from OneTab. Click on More… button and you have useful options to Name, Lock and Star the tab group created by OneTab. To stay organized, I always name my tab groups appropriately mostly based on my research topic. You can also name a tab group by clicking on the label that indicates the number of tabs. I also Star the important tab groups so that they always stay on top. One can also Lock the tab group to prevent it from accidental modification. Really well thought out and precise options. None of your tabs or browsing activity is transmitted to cloud unless you use Share as web page option. This actually takes all your tabs and creates a web page for you to share quickly with others. This option is available for individual tabs groups or all the tab groups at once.

Once you start opening a new set of tabs or start a new browsing session and click on OneTab button again, a new tab group will be created for you. You can easily drag and drop links/tabs from one tab group to another and this will be really useful to keep those organized all the time. You may also open a single tab by clicking on individual links. Similarly you may also delete a single tab by using a X button next to each link.

Next we will talk about OneTab context menu, syncing tabs across multiple devices & OneTab options.

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  • Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I have a laptop with very slow Atom processor. This has really saved me.