How to suspend individual tabs in Chrome or Firefox

Follow these steps so you can have all of the convenience of tabbed browsing in Chrome or Firefox without sacrificing performance.

Tabbed Internet browsing is a great tool for browsing different sites without cluttering your desktop with individual windows. Unfortunately, having a lot of tabs open will often slow down your browser or even your entire machine. Follow these steps so you can have all of the convenience of tabbed browsing in Chrome or Firefox without sacrificing performance.

First you will need to download, install, and configure TooManyTabs for Chrome or Firefox. Note that you may be required to restart your browser before the add-on's functions become available.

For Chrome

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Step 1: Click on the TooManyTabs icon to the right of the address bar.

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Step 2: The page that appears will show a list of all the tabs you have open. Click on the small arrow next to a tab to suspend it from operation.

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Step 3: To resume operation of a tab, click on its name in the list of suspended tabs on the right side of the window.

For Firefox

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Step 1: Right-click on any tab to access the options menu.

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Step 2: Select Send Tab to TooManyTabs, and then select the row (the suspended tabs are moved to a pseudo-title bar) you'd like to send it to.

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Step 3: Click on any tab in the TooManyTabs bar to reopen the tab.


Now you're all set to keep as many tabs as you like open without worrying about slowing down or crashing your browser.

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