Google’s Chrome web browser is fast, doesn’t have a lot of clunky menus to wade through, and is designed to make web surfing easy on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS device. But it can also be a bit of a resource hog — especially if you’ve got a large number of browser tabs open at once.
OneTab is a Chrome plugin that frees up memory and other resources by saving a list of all your currently open tabs… and then closing them. Bear with me a minute… it actually makes sense.
If you’re like me, you probably only actually need one or two browser tabs open at a time. But you end up opening a bunch of tabs as you go about your business online because you keep finding links to pages you want to read once you’re done with the page you’re currently on.
You start reading an article at your favorite news site, and there are links to half a dozen other interesting articles or websites, so you open them in background tabs. You start watching a video on YouTube and find links in the sidebar to a few other related videos you totally want to watch… so you open those in additional tabs. And so on.
Each of those tabs is now eating system resources and before you know it your web browser is using most of your laptop’s memory — mostly for pages you’re not actually ready to look at yet.
So OneTab lets you hit a button in your browser toolbar to close every single page that’s open, thus saving an awful lot of memory. Now all you see is a single tab with a list of pages that were open before. You can restore them all by tapping the Restore all button. Or you can just tap links one by one to open them as you need them.
You can also export the list of tabs so you can access it later.
Note that OneTab works on every tab in a current Chrome window — so if you have two or more windows open, OneTab will only close the pages of the window that you tapped the OneTab icon for.
If you never find yourself running out of memory, OneTab might not actually be all that useful. But if you’re running Chrome on an older computer or one that just doesn’t have a lot of RAM, this free plugin could come in handy. It could also free up CPU resources if you’re visiting websites that are running a lot of scripts.