Google Chrome offers barely any management features when it comes to tabs and windows that are open in the browser.
While it is fairly easy to create new windows and tabs, keeping an overview of everything that is open is quite tedious due to a lack of management options.
Spaces is a Google Chrome extensions that brings better tab and window management functionality to the web browser.
The extensions core features are the automatic recognition of all open tabs and windows, the saving and restoration of windows, and options to quickly switch between workspaces.
Spaces adds an icon to Chrome's main toolbar that displays options to manage all spaces and to quickly switch between them.
All browser windows are workspaces that you can switch between and manage using the extension.
While you can switch between windows using the icon, it is usually faster to switch using the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-s instead. A menu is displayed when you use the keyboard shortcut that lists all workspaces and a search. The search may be useful if you have lots of windows open as it filters workspaces by name.
Workspaces can be named for easier recognition, and the names you specify are used as identifiers when you switch between spaces.
The manage menu lists all open workspaces and workspaces that were closed in the past.
All open tabs are displayed for the selected workspaces including tabs that were recently closed in the browser window.
You may use the manage page to name open windows for easier recognition, switch between spaces, re-open closed browser windows or tabs, and to use the extension's import and export function.
Individual spaces can be exported which saves the list of open websites to a text file which you can import on the same machine or another machine running the extension at any point in time.
The format is simple which means that you may create custom spaces manually to import them to the extension.
Spaces can be deleted permanently once they have been closed. As long as you don't do that, they and all tabs they contained remain recoverable.
Tabs can be moved to another space using the extension icon or a hotkey that you need to define first before it becomes available. This is an alternative option to dragging and dropping tabs from one window to the other which may work better under certain conditions, for instance if there is not enough space to display two Chrome windows next to each other.
Spaces is a handy browser extension for Google Chrome that improves the tab management functionality of the browser significantly.
It should be interesting for Chrome users who work with multiple windows all the time, and users who want to group websites based on certain criteria. Since it is not required to keep all windows open at all time, it is also useful to keep only certain tab groups open in the browser.Advertisement
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