Every productive person using the internet needs to manage their tabs. We have all been there – working on a product and getting too click happy, when all of a sudden, you have 30 pages open without a clue as to what is what.
Some tabs are insightful articles related to your next story, some are links your colleague has sent you from across the newsroom, and some are, well, the new outfit you were thinking of buying for your cousin's wedding. Using different browser windows to separate tabs into to-do tasks, dashboards, and spreadsheets is not ideal.
Well, free tool Toby aims to help you overcome this, so that if you do end up deviating from your original train of thought, or open so many tabs you cannot read what they are without opening them, you can get right back on track.
With just one click Toby is able to save your browser session, or open it when you are ready to resume your task. Close a session of 15 tabs and open another with seven within seconds.
So, how does it work?
Create your account by adding your work address, full name, a password, and information about what you will use the tool for into the site. You will then gain access to the extension. Download it and voila, it will appear on your Chrome browser.
You will see the extension on the top of your browser.
Now you will be able to start producing collections – these are groups of tabs, that can range from all the URLs of your social media platforms together to articles you need for a specific project.
Give your first collection a name, for example 'Articles about the UK Royal Family'.
Then, pick and choose the tabs you want to save. Click the Toby icon on the browser, select the collection you want to add that URL to, and close the tab for later.
On the Toby desktop, the URLs will display as lists, with the headline at the top and a small description. Why not create a collection of 'Things to do today' or 'Pages to read at lunch'? That way, you can save all the active tabs in your browser session without panicking that you have lost them.
When you have played around with the tool's basic features, you can use the advanced ones in the settings menu to add all the opened tabs inside a particular workspace or list. You can also close all the current tabs and open all the links stored in a particular list – this will save you a lot of time if you have got many tabs open.
When you want to open tabs, simply open to Toby dashboard, and click on the article or URL you like. You can also open multiple URLs if they are all stored within the same category.
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