It's always surprised me how little I hear about browsers. Browsers are portals. They allow us to to tend to our internet acreage. A lot happens around new sites and apps on the internet but not much has happened to the browser itself. A common problem I have is how browser tabs work. I have a lot of tabs open all the time and I’m not the only one.
Hi Abu, I have had hundreds, sometimes more than 1000 tabs open, this in my experience is only possible in Waterfox or Firefox, for a while I was saving them in Delicio.us until they closed, then in Pocket and Firefox bookmarks, I decided for the latter. I use the Sorted extension for sorting, although I do most of the tagging by hand. The last time I exported my bookmarks the file weighed 65 MB. and contained about 35,000 URLs. Clearly I am a digital hoarder, when I find a broken link I use the Wayback Machine. I have never, ever in 7 or more years deleted my Firefox browsing history.
I had this tab opened for a while before I read it. Irony.
Vivaldi has tab stacking/tiling and a sidebar tab management pane: https://vivaldi.com/features/tab-management/
Maybe give my Browser Extension »Tab Ahead« a try. https://github.com/janraasch/tab-ahead
The Stack browser has a nice alternative to tabs: side-scrollable side-by-side panes. I feel like it helps me use fewer tabs and to be more efficient with them.
This article is one of ~120 tabs I currently have open. I bought more RAM for my desktop so I can perform at this level.
Hi Abu, I spent a great deal of time dealing with, thinking about, and finding solutions for browser tabs. I think we implemented them in browsers because it was a common UI pattern found in other apps that was solving multiple documents open in parallel. It was a logical step and a low hanging fruit implementation. Back then when we were operating with 5-10 windows, being able to have 50-100 tabs seemed like a great solution. I don't think anyone was thinking much about how browsers are different from other apps, expected it to become a virtual machine for running web apps, or anticipated that we would deal with an information overload by tab-hoarding.
There are already several alternative browsers being developed, each with their own angle, and almost all of them addressing tab overload one way or another. Personally I believe the solution sits somewhere in between. Half of it are better tools to deal with tabs and the information over-load we're faced with. The other is us, users, reprogramming our habits for better ways of working.
Until then, you might want to give Tablerone a try. It's a one-stop solution for tab management which might solve the problem you tweeted about recently: https://tabler.one/