The Tab That Broke the Browser’s Back

The Tab That Broke the Browser’s Back

A note from Beth: Even though this piece from Kenton is embarrassing to me, I’m excited to post it because it has landed in my top three technical advances for the year. The whole 365-days-a-year year. Kenton is not the only person who gives me a hard time about the number of browser tabs I always have open. I receive over-the-shoulder comments daily. In fact, when I needed a temporary password for the work I was doing for our public radio station, the director of engineering gave me this one: TooManyTabs. So yes, my face is red. But I’m not sure if it’s due to embarrassment or excitement.


It’s happened often enough that it has become an inside joke. Beth will find herself excited to show me something she’s found online, but almost immediately she’ll dissolve into embarrassment when she notices how many browser tabs she has open. She knows what I’m going to say.

Something, something memory. Something, something running slowly.

(I’m much more eloquent in person.)

I understand the problem. You find something. You can’t use it right then. You don’t want to lose that amazing tidbit you’ve discovered.

I’ve found the solution.

The answer is this great plugin for Chrome and Firefox called OneTab which installs on your bookmarks bar. Whenever you find yourself with oh, so many tabs open, simply click the OneTab icon to convert all of your open tabs into a list of site links in only one tab. When you want to use that amazing discovery, you can either restore it individually from a list or restore all the tabs you had open at once.

When you condense your open tabs to the OneTab list, you’ll reduce your memory usage by up to 95% because you will have reduced the number of open tabs in your browser. And you’ll be ready to share that thing without embarrassment.

Kenton Hansen

Technical Co-Founder Kenton makes digital things. He is a technologist and has had his part in a few startups including software, advertising, and client services. @KentonH