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Browsing the web can lead to numerous open tabs and windows. Depending on the reason for browsing, having the browser crash can be a disastrous situation. Say for example you are working on a project for school. You have several Google Chrome windows open, one for each area of the topic you are researching with several tabs open from different sources and suddenly something happens and the browser just shuts down. Did you know what was in all of those tabs and windows?

Session Buddy is a Google Chrome extension that keeps tabs (no pun intended) on what browser windows and tabs you have open. If something disastrous happens, you can easily go back and reopen previous browsing sessions. Let’s take a look at how Session Buddy works.

Getting started with Session Buddy

Navigate to the Google Chrome Web Store and either search for Session Buddy or click our link below.

Download Session Buddy.

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One installed, you should see a little icon like this in the icon bar of your Google Chrome browser.

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When you click on it, you will see a list showing all of the currently open windows and tabs. This is all there is to getting started. Pretty easy so far, huh?

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Options

The Settings menu has a lot of different options available. For example, you can enable keyboard shortcuts. Simply knowing how to save a session using the keyboard shortcuts can be a lifesaver. This would be the web surfing equivalent of saving your work in PowerPoint as you are creating a presentation.

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A few other options you can set are: which side the navigation pane is on, holding the tab or window currently being used and even show the current number of sessions open in the Session Buddy icon.

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Using Session Buddy

As mentioned earlier, using Session Buddy is actually quite easy. The current session is always being saved while you are browsing the web. When you would like to save a session for later, you can use the keyboard shortcut or click the icon to open the Session Buddy window and press the save icon.

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By default, you are asked to name the session. While this is optional, naming the session can make it much easier to find later.

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When the time comes to re-open a session, you can press the Restore icon. You will be asked to choose which session you’d like to restore. Alternatively, you can click on the session in the navigation pane if you can see it there. This is where naming the session will come in handy.

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How you’d like the tabs and windows displayed is also a choice via a drop-down menu. Click on the arrow next to the Restore icon and choose how you’d like the tabs and windows to restore.

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Final thought

When I first saw Session Buddy, I didn’t really see the point. However, after using this extension for a while I found it to be really useful. Since I am always researching something to write about or a product to buy, saving a series of tabs and windows lets me leave and come back and pick up right where I left off.

Download Session Buddy.

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