Tabs Outliner is a browser extension for Google Chrome that improves tab management by listing all open tabs on a single page.
Tabs are an integral part of all modern web browsers. They enable you to open multiple web pages at the same time in the same browser window. While tabs have been there for years, tab management has not really evolved that much ever since it was first introduced in web browsers.
That does not mean that there has not been any progress. When it comes to tabs, progress comes in the form of extensions for popular browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome. One popular theme is to move extensions to the sidebar. For Firefox, this is for instance handled by the Tree Style Tab and Tab Kit extensions, while Chrome users can install the Sidebar Tabs extensions instead. Mozilla too has been toying around with the idea of moving tabs to the sidebar, but that is more of an experiment at the moment than anything feasible.
Tabs Outliner is a popular extension for Google Chrome that introduces a new approach to tab management.
At its core, it is a tab management solution that opens up a tree style view of tabs in its own window. What makes it special is the fact that you can unload tabs in their respective browser window so that they do not appear there anymore. The reference to unloaded tabs is on the other hand still available in the listing of tabs that the extension makes available.
Two icons are displayed when you hover the mouse over a web page. There you see an option to close tabs with a click, or to deactivate them. Deactivating removes them from the browser window but not from the tab listing in Tabs Outliner.
New tabs that you create are automatically sorted into the structure in relation to their parent tab. Dragging and dropping tabs around lets you handle that operation manually as well. A menu is displayed at the bottom left corner of the tab window that you can use for a variety of purposes. You can for instance drag and drop separators to the tab listing or add notes which are automatically saved by the extension.
Here is a demo video that walks you through the basics.
The extension has several applications. It can be interesting for users who work with a hundred or hundreds of open tabs in the browser. The main benefit here is to disable tabs that you do not need all the time so that they do not waste space or resources in the browser. You can open the tabs again at any time with a single click. It may also help you concentrate on work by disabling tabs that are open but not work related.
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