Simply put, we ALL try to do much at one time, or we’re just lazy (myself included).
I see clients with 324 tabs open in one window and/or 12 windows (with 20 tabs open in each window) more often than I can count!
As you will see in future posts, I’m a productivity junkie. That’s not to say that I do everything in the most efficient way. I’m sure I can do things better in an effort to save time, energy and headaches. With that said, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have it all figured out, but this TimeSaver makes life much cleaner and will also help take some of the burden off of your computer’s processing power.
Let’s say you do browse online and find yourself on a rabbit trail, clicking links to “Open In New Tab/Window.” We’re all guilty of this and at the end of the day, you discover that you want to revisit certain sites at a later time.
Today, we will focus on Safari and will feature a subsequent post on Chrome, Firefox and any other preferred browsers.
[[Let me know in the comments below if you use another browser and I will add it to the list.]]
Below, you’ll see a screenshot of an out-of-control Safari browser.
Apple, in their latest OS X release of El Capitan, added the “Pin Tab” feature to Safari, which allows you to keep frequently visited sites in the Tabs bar in a smaller “block” tab to make room for other tabs. To accomplish this, first, launch Safari and load a website (or more in tabs). Slide any tab to the left to pin it in Safari. Next, click and drag on the tab you want to pin, and slide it to the left side of the tab bar in Safari. Your tab will stay put in tiny form with a little website “favicon” to let you know what’s in that pinned tab.
This has become an essential tool in my own browsing experience, simply because there are sites that I always want open (like Facebook and Twitter). No matter how you exit the browser, when you open a new window, it will appear with your preset start page (Favorites, Home Page, etc). To the side of the Tabs bar, you will see your Pinned Tabs already open and ready to go. It is condensed into a square tab to free up space for the other 300 pages you’ll have open. 🙂
If you find yourself with multiple windows open, holding multiple tabs, simply go to the Menu bar at the top of your screen, select Window>Merge All Windows. This will migrate all of your open browser windows and tabs into one.
It’s as simple as that. Your mileage may vary depending on the quantity of pages open, but if you only have, say, two windows with three or four tabs in each, it will move everything to one window with seven or eight tabs.
Have you tried this feature? If so, I’d love to hear how helpful it is for you. I would also like to add screenshots of your craziest browser clutter to the end of this post for our own entertainment! 😛 Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts!