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Tab Ninja: better Chrome tab controls

Tab Ninja is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that gives you better options when it comes to controlling tabs in the browser.

Google made the decision recently to remove certain tab features from the browser. The Close other tabs, and Close tabs to the right options will be removed from Chrome in the near future.

This is an inconvenience for users who use these tab control options right now in the browser. Google suggests to use tab highlighting, and the shortcut Ctrl-W instead, but it is not as comfortable to use as the existing options.

Enter Tab Ninja for Chrome.

Tab Ninja

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Tab Ninja adds an incredible number of tab related options to the web browser. Among those options are the soon to be removed tab close options.

Here is an overview of what is supported by the current version of the browser extension:

  • Close pinned, audible, or muted tabs.
  • Close tabs to the left, tabs to the right, or other tabs (all but the active tab).
  • Same as above, but including pinned tabs.
  • Close tabs of the same host, same domain, or same URL.
  • Same as above, but including the active tab.
  • Close highlighted tabs.
  • Close currently loading tabs.
  • Close loaded tabs.
  • Close discarded tabs.
  • Close discardable tabs.

Tab Ninja offers plenty of tab control options to Chrome. You use the extension by right-clicking anywhere on the active page, and selecting Tab Ninja from the context menu that opens.

The extension is very powerful when it comes to controlling tabs. There are downsides however currently, mostly from a usability point of view.

First of all, it cannot be used when you right-click on tabs in Chrome. It would be better for obvious reasons if the extension would display its options on tab right-clicks as well.

The second issue is that you don't get any filtering options. There is no options page right now that lets you hide some of the tab control options.

The menu is quite large right now, and it would be useful if you could hide the options that you will never use to reduce the menu and improve the accessibility of the options that you use.

Closing Words

Tab Ninja is a great tab extension for Chrome, especially when you consider that Google will remove tab related context menu options from the Chrome browser in the near future.

It may be a way out for users who rely on close tabs to the right, and close other tabs options.

Now You: Which tab-based operations do you perform regularly?

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  1. CHEF-KOCH said on March 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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    Better than Tabli?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm
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      Tabli serves a different purpose as far as I recall. It is a tab manager, is not it?

      Found the review: https://www.ghacks.net/2016/02/11/tabli-is-an-advanced-tab-manager-for-google-chrome/

  2. pHROZEN gHOST said on March 24, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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    If I could configure this to remove unused menu items, I’d probably remove most of them……

    Close pinned, audible, or muted tabs.
    Same as above, but including pinned tabs.
    Close tabs of the same host, same domain, or same URL.
    Same as above, but including the active tab.
    Close highlighted tabs.
    Close currently loading tabs.
    Close loaded tabs.
    Close discarded tabs.
    Close discardable tabs.

    That doesn’t leave much value for me. So I probably would not install it especially without right click integration.

    Regarding tab control, I’d like to see something like the Pale Moon (and FarFux) add-on like Tab Mix Plus for Chrome.

    OK trolls. Don’t jump on me. I know Google doesn’t allow that type of control over the interface.

    1. Mike Baldwin said on July 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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      Now why would a bunch of ignorant, dweeby, wannabe dictators allow modifications to the interface that they are positive is best for 15–17 year olds?

  3. Jeff-FL said on March 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I must be the only guy in the world who never has more than 3 or 4 tabs open at a time. If i’m done looking at a site, I close it and move on. Always hear guys saying “i have 50 tabs open at a time”. what? why? how can you even find shit that way?

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