Tabbed Browsing Extension TabJump [Google Chrome]

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 29, 2010
Updated • May 26, 2016
Google Chrome

One great aspect of Google Chrome now supporting extensions is the fact that some developers produce extensions that have not been created yet for Firefox.

Most of the extensions are obviously offering a similar functionality as those provided to Firefox users, but those unique ones will eventually benefit Firefox users as well as it is likely that they will be ported to Firefox eventually.

The tabbed browsing extension TabJump might be one of those extensions. TabJump adds a button to the Google Chrome address bar that will trigger an overlay window.

The window displays a list of tabs that have been closed recently, related tabs and open tabs that have been used frequently. Each item is listed with the favicon of the website and the website's title.

The Recently closed tabs listing can be useful to re-open a page in a tab quickly should the need arise. While you can do the same using Chrome's history or shortcuts, it may not nearly be as easy.

Related tabs are tabs that have been opened from another open tab. A left-click on an entry in the listing either switches to the active tab or opens the page in a new tab.

Tabs can also be locked which protects them from being accidentally closed by the user. The browser will display a popup window that prevents direct closing of protected tabs but gives you an option to close it anyway using the prompt.


TabJump is an interesting extension for the Google Chrome web browser. The extension displays  eight items in its interface with no option to change that number.

That's probably the biggest shortcoming that the developer's should fix for better usability, especially for users who regularly open dozens of tabs at the same time.

Update: If you are working with a lot of pages open in a web browser like Google Chrome, you may have noticed that it is sometimes quite difficult to navigate to the pages that you want to access at that moment.

The main reason for this is that Google made the decision to squeeze an unlimited number of tabs in the visible tab bar space as Chrome does not offer scrolling.

The more tabs you open in Chrome, the less information you get in the tab bar up to the point where you get none at all.

TabJump is a Chrome extension that improves tab navigation by adding another to the browser. It adds an icon to Chrome's address field that displays related tabs, frequently used tabs and closed tabs in an overlay on the screen.

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  • Undo - Displays a list of tabs that have been closed recently. Option to restore individual tabs with a click.
  • Related - This displays tabs from the same site, tabs that have originated from the current tab, and tabs the active site originated from.
  • Jump - Lists the tabs that have been frequently accessed.

The undo listing gives you better control over restoring tabs, as it is now possible to select the tab that you want to restore right away.

The related listing may be useful if your tab's association is fragmented. This is for instance the case if you have multiple pages of the same site open in different locations in the browser, say at the beginning and end of the tabbar.

The jump listing finally lists all the tabs that you use most frequently, which can be useful to quickly switch back to one of those tabs if they are not displayed directly in the tabbar.

You can furthermore lock tabs with the help of the extension to protect them from being deleted.

Chrome users can download the TabJump extension from the official Chrome Web Store.

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