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Browser tabs getting out of control? A simple right-click can really help

There’s a lot of power in those right-clicks.

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WHILE BROWSER TABS are very useful, it’s easy to end up with too many opened up if you’re not careful.

In the worst case scenario, you can end up with numerous tabs slowing down your browser and in some cases freezing completely. Also, it’s tough to keep on top of things when you’ve 20 tabs open and you can’t find the one you’re looking for.

Thankfully, there are a few built-in methods to help you get by. The best one to have is pinned tabs, which ensures that any sites you treat as programs like Facebook or Gmail are always open and you don’t accidentally close them. It also prevents unpinned tabs from being placed before or in-between them.

This is a feature available on every browser so it’s worth taking advantage of if you need to keep sites open constantly.

To do this, just right-click on the tab and choose pin tabs. Once you do that, it will be brought over to the left-hand side of your tabs. Depending on the type of browser you have, you can also choose to duplicate, close or mute tabs through this method.

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That isn’t the only thing you can do with a right-click. The other handy option is to close all tabs except the one you’ve clicked.

Right-click on the tab you want to keep and choose ‘close other tabs’. Some browsers like Chrome and Firefox will offer a ‘close tabs on right’ option, which is handy for getting rid of any unpinned tabs you have opened.

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And if you end up closing a tab you accidentally closed. Just press Ctrl + Shift + T and you will reopen the last closed tab.

On the other hand, if that doesn’t help you solve your problem, then you might need a plugin like tab snooze to keep things under control, or just save them all for later.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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