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Friday, December 23, 2011

A Life Saver: Google Chrome Session Manager

I'm sorry Firefox, but I'm doing most of my browsing in Google Chrome now. It's lightweight and just plain fast. Yes, I still use Firefox too, but we'll save that for a later post.

 If you're like me, you browse with tabs, and at times have several windows open with several tabs in each window. Call me crazy, but I try to keep tabs categorized in their own windows. Entertainment in one window, social sites in another. You get the idea. Sometimes, I'll leave a set of tabs open for days, because it contains information on current research. Unfortunately, it can be a hassle to wade through this mess of windows and tabs.

Introducing: Chrome Session Manager. This is one of the best discoveries I've had in a while. Session Manager allows you to save sessions of tabs and windows that can be reopened and viewed at a later time. Now, I can actually close that bloated window and reopen it (with just a few clicks) when I'm feeling up to it.

Here are the two sessions I have at the moment:
  1. Social - This opens Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  2. Research - This opens tabs dealing with software that I'm currently researching.

Here's How:

If you don't have Google Chrome, install it by clicking here.

  • Click here to go to the Session Manager download page.
  • Click "+ ADD TO CHROME."
  • Go through the installation process.
  • Once installed, the Session Manager icon will appear on your toolbar.


  • Click the Session Manager Icon.
  • Enter a name for you new session and click save. This will save all of your current windows and tabs as a new session.

  • To open a saved session, just click the Session Manager icon, and then click "Open" next to the session you would like to restore.

3 comments:

  1. I've been using Chrome since the summer. Before that I was a Firefox devotee, but Chrome seems cleaner than Firefox somehow, plus I love the omni-bar. Didn't know about the session manager thing though--that's, like, a revelation to me. Just installed. My life will probably never be the same.

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