Browse Better on Chrome with “Pin Tab” Feature
Ah, tabs. Their ability to multiply while internet browsing would make most rabbits blush. It happens to almost everyone at some point on almost every day; you’re looking at reddit while doing homework, when suddenly your browser has slowed to a snail’s pace. You look up and notice that in the span of a half hour, you’re incessant clicking has yielded somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-30 tabs open all at once, making it nearly impossible to sort through all of them without sending your browser crashing to its knees due to lack of bandwidth.
Luckily, if you’re a Chrome user, there’s a handy way of easily getting managing your tabs that surprisingly few people know about called “pin tab.” By just right clicking any tab, you’ll find a list of options that include “reload,” “duplicate,” and “pin tab.” By pressing the latter, your tab shrinks down to roughly a quarter of the size of a regular tab, and becomes affixed to the farthest-left part of the tab bar, thus allowing you to see more tabs at once without scrolling and making the ones you want to find first the easiest to see.
Once any tab is pinned, it maintains priority over any non-pinned tab, thus making sure it always remains sequestered to the left side of the screen with other pinned tabs, and that it will stay loaded longer than lower-priority tabs so you may switch between tabs easily without waiting for them to refresh. They also have to be unpinned in order to close, which is great news for anyone who habitually closes tabs by mistake.
Fair warning, however; if you’re using a website like Facebook or Gmail that will regularly tell you if there is an update on that page by displaying a number within the tab itself, that functionality is removed entirely from pinned tabs due to their decreased size.
Try it out!
Tags: Life Hacks