Google Chrome has surpassed all other browsers in speed, efficiency and features, but that does not mean its perfect. It has a few shortcomings too. However, with the correct Chrome Extension you can get almost any feature in Chrome.
If you are anything like me you often open a number of tabs in your chrome browser. Sometime if you open a large number of tabs, it becomes impossible to find a specific webpage by looking at the tabs. Does this look familiar? Overflowing Tabs?
In Google Chrome if too many tabs are open, you can’t make out which tab belongs to which website. You need to read labels of each tab one by one to get to the tab you want. That’s just waste of time.
Firefox has a nice feature in which we can click on the down button on far end of tabs bar and we will see all the open tabs. This feature is missing in Google Chrome. You can easily get past this issue with the Tab Menu chrome extension.
Vertical Tab View In Google Chrome with Tab Menu:
With the Tab Menu extension in Google Chrome Managing tabs becomes super easy. Once you install the Tab Menu Extension, you would see the Tab Menu button at top right corner of Chrome.
When you are in a situation where you have opened far too many tabs, just click on the Tab Menu extension button. It would show you all the tabs that are currently open.
No more guessing which is the tab you are looking for. The Tab Menu extension shows you the list of tabs and you can just click on it to access the specific tab you want.
You can even filter out the tabs further by searching for specific tabs right within the menu.
Tab Menu Chrome Extension Options and Features:
Tab menu is a simple extension built for a simple function hence the options are limited and straightforward.
You can choose your keyboard shortcuts to access tab menu drop down directly without clicking on it. (Because of limitations on what Chrome extensions can do, the keyboard shortcut may not work on all pages and may need pages to be refreshed to take effect.)
You may also choose if the number of tabs open be shown on hover or the counter should show up on the Tab Menu button itself.
Within the Tab Menu window here are a few features of the extension:
- Select a tab – Click on tab name or enter key
- Close a tab: Close button or middle click
- Rearrange tabs: drag-and-drop and they would automatically rearrange in the tab bar
- Find tabs: search both tab titles and URLs with search box
- Navigate through tab menu: mouse or tab key (pretty useful for guys who like using keyboards rather than a mouse)
The tab menu can be easily navigated with the keyboard, so it offer much more flexibility as compared to Google Chrome’s tab management features.
A features in the works:
- Dockable tab sidebar and options to hide tab bar and/or toolbar
- Keyboard shortcut to open Tab Menu in toolbar
- Detection of pinned tabs
Download Tab Menu From Google Chrome Extensions Gallery.
For Power Users of Google Chrome this is a must have extension as it provides good tab management options via keyboard and most importantly removes the issues of invisible tabs from Chrome’s tab bar.
Did you find this extension useful? Would you suggest any improvements to this extension?
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