Neat Chrome Trick
I bring these sort of problems upon myself, I know, but I’m one of those people that typically have 30 tabs open in their web browser. I used to be a die hard Firefox user – mostly because of the phenomenal tools and plug-ins available for software developers (like me). WebDeveloper, Firebug, ColorZilla, FireShot, MeasureIt, JSONView and YSlow… all incredible plugins that made life a whole lot easier.
The problem with Firefox came when my 30 tabs would start to consume a very large amount of memory – often times as much as a gigabyte or more. I have the RAM to spare but it still made for a rather slow browsing experience. I would ultimately discover one of the greatest browser plug-ins created for people like me: BarTab. What BarTab does is it allows you to keep as many tabs open as you want but doesn’t actually let them load until you click on them. Since I typically use tabs like most other normal people use bookmarks, this was awesome and immediately solved the memory issue.
That is, until I had two Chrome windows running with multiple tabs each and then restarted the browser. One of the windows came back up with the four tabs that I had open before, but my beloved collection of 30 other “I’ll-read-them-someday” tabs was nowhere to be seen. *F* me. All too late, I learned that I shouldn’t have been counting on Chrome’s built-in ability to save sessions and, instead, should have looked into a Chrome extension to handle it instead. And then something magical happened….
I’m a old timer when it comes to computers and I’m very set in my ways. I spend a lot of money on top-end peripherals and, while mice are no exception (currently rocking a Logitech M570 trackball for work and a G5 for gaming), I will almost always use the keyboard when I have the option. And so it was that, purely out of habit, I pressed CTRL-SHIFT-T.
For those that don’t know, you can re-open a tab that has been closed. In Chrome, it’s not obvious but you right-click on a tab, select “Reopen closed tab” (or press CTRL-SHIFT-T) and, voila, your previously closed tab is back again. Now, other browsers support this feature, too, but they flush out their list of closed tabs when you exit the application. As I had when I exited Chrome. Chrome, apparently, does not. Not only that, but it also reopens *windows* that were previously closed. So, when my browser had come back and I was finished gaping in horror at my screen, a single keypress resurrected my dear, lost children and returned them home to me.
There’s also another feature that you find when you right-click on a tab: “Bookmark All Tabs”.
tl;dr; – Save your work. Often.