Right now, on my computer, Chrome is using 1.2GB of RAM with 3 tabs open. After 20 tabs, it's hovering around 3GB. Back in the bad old days, I would easily have 30 tabs open at any given moment, and sometimes another 15-20 in other windows.
My name is Jacob, and I am a tab addict.
One particularly hot day my computer just turned itself off in a moment of kernel panic. I had hit rock bottom.
err... no more like this:
Then I discovered Tab Wrangler and started making amends with my poor abused 'puter.
I didn't really need those tabs open, I was just hording because I didn't want to deal with deciding if I cared. Turns out I didn't really, and you don't either.
Tab Wrangler is a Chrome extension, originally written by Jack Angers in 2010. Here's how it works:
- Auto-closes tabs which have been inactive for a certain amount of time
- You configure how long to wait before closing them, and how many tabs is an ideal amount
- If a tab is closed, Tab Wrangler saves it in its own history so you can get it back
- What about pinned tabs? Or tabs you never want to close? Yep, handles that too, you can whitelist tabs or domains as evergreen and they will never be closed