Are you the type of person who always has a lot of browser tabs open? Or are you more of an old fashioned and you prefer to look at one thing at a time. I noticed that older folks and less experienced users tend to browse the web that way. They left click on links, read whatever interests them and then either close the page or hit the back button to return to where they were. Me? I middle click everything. I also hardly ever bookmark things these days. Before we had browser sessions I used to bookmark things I didn’t have time to read, but wanted to save for later. Nowadays I usually just leave the pages open, and just move them to the middle of my tabs.
Here is how I do things: on the left I have bunch of “permanent” tabs that I always want to have open. Stuff like email, Google reader, Terminally Incoherent dashboard, etc… I use the Faviconize Tab extension to make these tabs small and unobtrusive.
On the right side I have my “current” browser tabs – the stuff I’m reading or working on right now. For example, at this precise minute my rightmost tab is the Faviconize Tab extension page which I just looked up and didn’t bother closing. Right behind it is the Terminally Incoherent tab in which I’m typing this very post.
My Firefox is configured to always open new tabs at he far right. So as I work my tab load expands to the right. When I find something I want to save for later I usually just grab the tab and slide it to the left so that it is “in front of” my current workload but “behind” my permanent tabs. I can’t stand the way Chrome clusters related tabs so when Firefox introduced this feature few versions ago, I immediately changed it back to the old behavior.
Just to give you and idea of my tab space here is what I have currently open from left to right:
- Google Reader
- Google Calendar
- Terminally Incoherent: Drafts page
- Terminally Incoherent: Scheduled posts page
- Blackberry API for Java page
- PHP documentation
- 3 Redit threads with book and/or movie recommendations from a while ago – I have yet to sift through these
- Isaac Asimov’s SF Magazine – at some point i was considering subscribing to it
- WoW AddOn list I was looking at few days ago
- My Amazon.com wish list which is more of my “to buy later” list
- 2 Newegg tabs with crap I was thinking about buying but I probably don’t need
- This list – I have not finished reading it yet but it makes me giggle and reminisce about the good old days when I regularly played pen and paper RPG’s
- Reddit front page
- Some random reddit thread I was reading then abandoned
- This backlogged episode of Spoiler Warning which I’m going to watch after I finish typing this post
- Zero Punctuation video page
- This tab – the one I’m using to type this post
- The Faviconize Tab extension page I mentioned above
So yeah, I have 20 tabs open right now. Granted, everything above tab 15 will get closed out before I go to sleep today, and several of the tabs between 6 and 15 will probably get closed or replaced by different stuff. But most of the time I do have between 10 and 20 tabs open at home.
At work I usually have about twice that number due to the fact that I have two monitors and therefore two Firefox windows open. The left window is for my permatabs, API pages and refference sheets I want to have at hand. The right window is for current reading and my lunch-time reddit browsing type thing.
How about you? How many tabs do you have open right now? Do you have a method of organizing them like I do? Do you prefer the Chrome style clustering of related tabs or like me prefer your new tabs appear on the far right?