Chrome: Save tabs to a pop-up window with Tab Killer
Don't leave dozens of tabs open to return to later. Instead, save them to a single spot with Chrome extension Tab Killer to save system resources and your sanity.
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Admit it, you are as guilty as me when it comes to leaving tabs open -- sometimes for days at a time -- as temporary bookmarks in order to read or watch something later. These tabs make your browser a mess and occupy system resources. There are many tab managers but Chrome extension Tab Killer might be the easiest of the bunch to use, which means you might actually use it. It's not the most polished extension you'll come across, but it solves the problem it sets out to address and does so with minimal fuss.
After installing Tab Killer, a button gets added to the right of Chrome's URL bar. You can click on this button to view your saved links as well as your list of bookmarks, or you can press Alt-Z to view the list. To save a link to Tab Killer's window, hit Alt-A, though this keyboard shortcut did not work for me on a Mac. Instead, I was forced to use the Tab Killer entry that got added to my right-click menu. The Tab Killer presents two right-click options -- Add This Link To Tab Killer and Add To Link-Q -- but both do the same thing, making me suspect that Link-Q was a working title for the extension that came to be called Tab Killer.
The look of Tab Killer isn't likely to dazzle you, but it's easy to use. Simply click on an item from the list to open that page in a new tab. An arrow follows your cursor on the left edge of the Tab Killer window; click on it (or hit the Q key) to bring up a two-button menu to remove the item or clear all items saved to your list. Again, the extension is not fully operational on Mac. I could only clear all items; the Remove Pinned button to clear an individual item did not work on my MacBook.
In addition to providing a list of your saved links, Tab Killer also lets you view your bookmarks. Tap the Bookmarks button to toggle your bookmark lists on and off (or hit the B key when the Tab Killer window is open). The bookmarks feature is really no different than accessing your bookmark list directly from Chrome's menu, so I wish there was a setting to disable it in Tab Killer.
Despite its appearances, Tab Killer is a useful tool for those of us with poor tab management skills. The developer states it is a beta release, so hopefully the design and functionality on OS X will improve in time.