Automatically Close Private Browsing After Ten Minutes Of Inactivity [Firefox]

Launched a private browsing session in Firefox and totally forgot to close it? Now you're worried that someone else could access your computer and all the confidential information in the private session? If you regularly use private browsing, but often forget to close tabs, then Private Browsing Auto-Exit, a handy Firefox add-on deactivates and closes your private browsing session after ten minutes of inactivity. This basically means that as soon as it's been ten minutes since you last switched tabs or loaded a page, the Private Browsing window with all open tabs will automatically be closed. Once you’ve installed this nifty little tool, you will never be worried about your private data or unclosed tabs. By default, the time to automatically close inactive tabs is set to ten minutes, but according to the developer, a new feature will be added to the add-on which will allow you to set your desired time. Read More

New Chrome Beta Syncs Open Tabs Across All Devices, Including Android

Up till now, Chrome allowed its users to sync the browser’s history, passwords, extensions, themes and settings, but with the latest Chrome Beta, when you're signed into Chrome, the tabs you have open on one device are available on all your other linked devices, too. To access open tabs on all your devices, simply click the Other devices option on the New Tab page, and with a click, you will be able to open tabs and migrate the tabs' back/forward navigation history, so you can start browsing right from where you left off. Moreover, if you use Chrome for Android Beta, the tab will also be available on your phone. The only requirement for syncing tabs is to sign in to your Google account. Note that all synchronization options are enabled by default, and data is stored in encrypted form on Google servers, protected by the user’s Google account password. Read More

Prevent Tab Overflow: View All Open Firefox Tabs Without Scroll Buttons

When you open ten or more tabs in Firefox, it starts hiding them, leaving you with only seven or eight visible ones, with two scroll buttons at both ends of the tab bar. This is Firefox’s way of dealing with tab overflow. For those of you wondering, tab overflow is what happens when you have one too many tabs open in a single window and you’re exceptionally lazy about dividing them out into separate windows just so you don’t have to be bothered switching between the two. While some people like this feature, others really want to get rid of it. If you find tab overflow in Firefox annoying and want to disable it, then I'm sure you will love Prevent Tab Overflow, an add-on for Firefox that, as the name implies, prevents tab over flow for as long as possible. This simple yet powerful tool shrinks the tabs to a smaller size before tab overflow occurs and lets you view all your open tabs, without having to scroll the tab bar. You can chose the size of the tabs and customize the add-on, according to your preference, from the Options. Read More

Tab Badge: View Count Of Unread Items For Pinned Tabs In Firefox

Recently, we covered a Chrome extension called Icon Badger that displays a count of unread messages or items on the favicons of various popular websites for pinned tabs. Tab Badge is a similar add-on for Firefox that adds a small badge to your tabs to alert you, for instance, when you have new messages and notifications on websites like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and others. The add-on makes the badge visible even when the tab is pinned, so you can always see when something new comes up. Moreover, you can access the Options to change the background and foreground color for the badge. Read More

Switch: Transfer All Tabs In Current Window To Another Browser [Mac]

We’ve covered quite a few extensions that allow you to send your currently open tabs from one browser to another. These extensions, although not for the general web surfer, are nonetheless useful for developers and designers who need to check how their developments are rendered across different browsers. The slight drawback with these extensions is that not all browsers have one such extension available, not all extensions work the same, and you might have compatibility issues if any one of the browsers is updated. Switch is a free Mac app that goes above and beyond all this, (literally - it sits in the Menu bar) and allows you to send all open tabs in the current window to anyone of the browsers that you have installed. Read More

Icon Badger: View Count Of Unread Items For Pinned Tabs [Chrome]

While pinning tabs is quite convenient, you might lose the ability to see the unread item notifications that many websites add to the favicon. This is where Icon Badger, a Chrome extension, comes in handy. It takes care of the problem for you by placing a count of unread messages or items to the favicons of various popular websites.  This nifty little tool provides an easy way for you to see new items at a glance, even when your tabs are pinned or when you’ve got a bunch of tabs open. The extension works for many popular websites, such as Google Reader, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and more. Read More

Tabster: Music Tablature Manager With Search, Store & View Options

Learning to play music is a difficult job, specially when you are doing it on your own. Instruments like the guitar, drums and keyboard require a lot of practice and demand dedication from the learner. If you are one of those people who are (or have been) lucky enough to attend a music school, you must know the importance of being able to read “Staves”, but most self-taught music enthusiasts rely on tabs (tablatures) to learn how to play new songs. Ultimate-guitar is a hugely popular website specially among people learning to play guitar because of its massive collection of songs. However, with all the tablature versions each song has on the website, it is difficult to manage all your favorite tabs. Tabster is an application for Windows that takes care of this problem and provides you with a simple tab manager to search, store and retrieve stored tabs for easy viewing. Moreover, you can edit, as well as create new tab documents to save them to your computer or upload onto the internet. More on Tabster after the break. Read More

FullSearch: Search Any Text String Across All Open Tabs In Chrome

Going from link to link while researching a topic is nothing extraordinary, and you may soon find yourself with more open tabs than you can count at the end of your search spree. Then, it's also not uncommon to forget where we read a particular piece of information, and checking through over 50 open tabs one by one is plain frustrating (true story). This is where FullSearch, a Chrome extension, comes in handy. The extension allows you to search for text in all open tabs at once, and shows a list of search results right in the pop-up. Moreover, clicking any of the results takes you to the particular tab with the highlighted text. The extension's search options are very responsive and unobtrusive at the same time. Read More

Stash: Instantly Close & Save Opened Tabs To Reduce Clutter [Chrome]

Stash is a Chrome extension that makes it easier to save or stow away (close and save) all your open tabs or windows, and restore them all at once from within its pop-up menu. This can prove to be particularly useful when you have a large number of tabs or windows open and want to instantly reduce the load/clutter without losing articles or important webpages that you might want to go through later.  While most other similar extensions delete saved tabs after they are opened, Stash can be set to  keep them saved. The extension is fairly customizable too; it allows you to set hotkeys for stashing the all or only the current tab from within its Options menu. Read More

Save Tabs In User Defined Groups For Later Access [Chrome]

Ending up with a lot of open tabs when working online is not a rare occurrence. Not only can this be irritating, but sifting through all these tabs can be a pain. This is where Tab Bundler, a Chrome extension, comes in handy. With it, you can organize and manage open tabs by saving them in user defined groups. For instance, you might have a group of tabs related to music, another group related to work and so on. This extension will let you create bundles by going to a window with all your open tabs and click on the Tab Bundler button in the toolbar. Input a a title for your bundle, and hit Enter to create a new bundle. Read More

Switch Tabs & Launch URLs Without Exiting Full Screen Mode [Chrome]

SwiftClick provides you with a new way to switch between tabs when you're working online in full screen mode. This handy Chrome extension has been developed particularly for people who don’t want to exit the fullscreen view to change tabs, or go to a new website. After you’ve installed the extension, simply press the mouse scroll wheel to access a preview of all your open tabs in a new page, or navigate to a new website by hovering your mouse over the top of the page to display a URL bar. You can also switch between tabs by using the ctrl+left mouse click. Read More

Unload Inactive Tabs After A Defined Period Of Inactivity [Chrome]

Chrome is fast gaining market share and there are several reasons behind its popoularity. Unlike Firefox which has been around much longer than Google’s browser, is favored by developers, and has an extremely impressive hub of add-ons that make it all the more useful, Chrome is popular among users with simpler needs. Its clean minimalist interface means just about anyone can use it to its full potential. While both Chrome and Firefox are impressive browsers, they are both guilty of leaking memory. Leaving a Chrome or Firefox window running on your otherwise idle computer is not something you want to do. With Chrome, if you even have one too many tabs open, the browser begins to slow down. All your tabs, although useful, in the long run drag down your system resources.  TabMemFree is a handy tool for all those who work with a bunch of open tabs and forget to close the ones they are done with. This Chrome extension basically reduces memory and CPU consumption by unloading tabs. It does this by forwarding the tab to an empty page. When you focus the unloaded tab next time, the extension forwards this tab back to the original page i.e. it reloads the tab. Read More

Capture Screenshots Of All Open Chrome Tabs In A Separate Window

Recently, we covered a Chrome extension, Tab Expose, that allowed users to manage their open tabs more effectively with thumbnail previews. Chrome Tab Panel- Expose Tabs is a similar extension for Chrome that takes screenshots of all your open tabs and displays them in a new app window. This window is launched when the button is clicked in the toolbar and runs as a separate process. With it, you can quickly open or close selected tabs. Moreover, a tab count is displayed on the button in the toolbar to show how many tabs you have open in total. Read More

Save & Restore Google Chrome Tabs & Location/Size Of Windows [Add-in]

Layout Manager is an extension for Chrome that allows you to save windows layout and set up of tabs, so that you can easily restore them later. It may come useful in situations where you're dealing with a lot of opened tabs and windows, and want to quickly save all the URLs to open them later without having to manually bookmark each web page. Unlike Session Manager (an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox to save sessions of your opened tabs and windows),  it remembers the setup of all opened tabs and Google Chrome windows, including the size and location of the window.  Once the windows setup has been saved, you can restore it with a single click. Read More

Cycle Through Recent Tabs Using User-Defined Hotkeys [Chrome]

Although Google Chrome comes with a feature to open recently closed tabs, it doesn't provide a convenient way to open recently visited/viewed tabs. If you open a lot of tabs while surfing the web, Recent Tabs may help you navigate through opened tabs. It's an extension for Google Chrome that allows you to easily switch between last viewed tabs by displaying them in a pop-up window. Alternatively, you can choose to use Ctrl+Q hotkey combination to open the recently viewed tabs. The extension displays the recent tabs in the order you access them. You can also change the number of recent tabs to be displayed in the pop-up window, from the Options. Read More

Tabs Manager: Group Tabs In Windows By Topics In Tree Structure [Chrome]

There are many extensions out there that let you manage tabs, but Tabs Manager is a unique tool that groups tabs in windows by topics, in a tree structure. So, whenever you forget tab titles or can’t find the right tab, click the button in the toolbar and access a tree like structure of tabs in a compact pop-up. This Chrome extension also allows you to bookmark all tabs in a window and merge two separate windows by dragging one folder into another. You can easily drag & drop tabs between windows and activate, open in new tab, bookmark and close individual tabs. All these options can be accessed by right-clicking individual tabs. The extension is great for users who work with multiple tabs at the same time, and often find it difficult to remember all open tabs. Read More

Side Tabs Arranges Tabs In A Vertical Toolbar [Firefox]

Side Tabs is a Firefox add-on that arranges tabs in a vertical rather than horizontal fashion. It’s a cosmetic change for those of you who prefer to have tabs cascaded along the side of the browser window. You might not favor it if you’re working on a small or relatively small screen but for larger screens, it’s better than having the tabs at the top where the title, at some point, will be truncated. It simply moves your tabs to the left side of your browser, and is great for widescreen monitors or for people who keep many tabs open at the same time. Using the default tabs in Firefox can be frustrating when you have 20 or more open tabs, and have to scroll back and forth in the tab bar to find the right one. With Side Tabs, tab management and access is easier. Recently, we covered a similar add-on, Tab Sidebar Reloaded, which was more advanced and had more features, giving each tab history, reload and stop options, and displaying website thumbnails in the sidebar. Side Tabs provides the same functionality but with fewer options; however, it should be noted that the add-on is intentionally very minimalistic, and is intended for users who want to keep things simple. The add-on provides the option to position the tabs at the right of the screen but it defaults to the right. Read More

Tab Menu: Close, Search & Reorder Multiple Tabs In Google Chrome

Working with multiple tabs can be quite confusing, mainly owing to the fact that as more and more links are opened, tabs shrink, and reading tab titles can become a difficult task. Users who have loads of tabs opened have to sift between multiple tabs in order to find right website, making the whole process rather annoying and time consuming. Tab Menu, a Chrome extension, solves this common problem by allowing you to select, close, rearrange and search tabs from a vertical pop-up menu. You can select tabs, close tabs, rearrange tabs and find tabs by entering the URL/tab titles in the search bar. Read More

SendTab: Send Open Tabs To Other Browsers & iOS Devices [Chrome]

SendTab, a Chrome extension, allows you to send tabs to any device on the internet. With it, you can send tabs from one browser or computer to another with only a click or two. You can also quickly share important links with coworkers, or send tabs to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.  SendTab enables you to share links with other devices that are within the SendTab network. Once you’ve installed the extension, all you have to do is create a SendTab network from the service's homepage. After that, just install the extension on all your computers and browsers, and start sharing tabs between multiple browsers and devices. Read More

Tab Sidebar Reloaded: Preview & Access History For Open Tabs [Firefox]

Managing and sifting through multiple open tabs while researching a topic can be a difficult and a cumbersome task. Tab Sidebar Reloaded, a Firefox add-on, provides users with a sidebar in the browser that acts as the main tab bar, but with added features. With it, you can get a preview of tabs that gets continuously updated, so you don’t have to visit such tabs over and over again. Another very useful feature is that, every tab comes with history, reload and stop options, which conveniently allow you to navigate between multiple open tabs. The tab preview is automatically refreshed whenever the page changes, and you can also hide the main tab bar when the sidebar is open. The options allow you to display the sidebar on the right, left, top and bottom of the page. Tab Sidebar Reloaded enhances your web browsing experience by quickly letting you switch and manage tabs. Read More