Computer help: What’s a good way to organize hundreds of browser tabs?

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Q: I like to keep a lot of tabs open in my browser — and I mean a lot, like hundreds. Given this, is there a good way to organize all those tabs? For example, can I organize a browser for each project? Is there a way to select a number of tabs in one browser and move them to another browser or another page in the same browser?

— Bruce M., Hobe Sound

A: Basic tab organization can be done via simple drag and drop.

Click the middle of the tab flap on the browser bar and hold down your left mouse key. Then pull (i.e. drag) the tab out of the bar with your mouse. This will release it from its spot and at that point you can either drag it into another spot on the browser bar, into another open browser window (where it will become a tab there) or out into free space, which turns it into its own independent browser window.

With this basic premise, you can easily create browser windows per project and add only relevant tabs to each window for the sake of organization. This means that instead of working through an endless string of tabs in a single browser window, you can toggle between multiple browser windows, each containing tabs that are relevant to it, or to your specific project.

This can be done in all major browsers, it should be noted, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari and more.

Another option is to "Group" your tabs. As the name suggests, this function lets you collect and name select tabs together by category, topic, project and more, thus creating a sort of bookmark system for your tab groups that can be easily accessed, organized and modified later if need be.

Nearly all major browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.) either come with the native ability to group tabs or can easily perform this task via a simple add-on installation.

Instructions for doing this in Chrome can be found at the following URL: https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/10392467?hl=en.

To do this in Edge, please follow the instructions found here: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/organize-your-tabs-with-microsoft-edge-tab-groups.

To do this in Firefox, please install the following add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups.

A third option, as mentioned in last week's column, is to install a free Chrome extension called "TabsOutliner" (available from this URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tabs-outliner/eggkanocgddhmamlbiijnphhppkpkmkl?hl=en). Once added to the browser and launched, it creates a navigation panel in the browser window that lets you both maneuver between all tabs easily as well as organize them as needed.

Additional tips and steps for tab organization can be found at this URL: https://www.fastcompany.com/90592819/managing-too-many-tabs-chrome-safari-edge-firefox

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