In my previous post I discussed some of the flaws I found in Chrome’s tab navigation. In this one, I take it a step further and discuss some of the tools and concepts I now take for granted.
Originally an afterthought for the TabMonkey extension, I found myself using this far more than expected. It’s pretty simple. On my Macbook, I hit a keyboard shortcut (eg, Cmd-Opt-1) to bookmark a tab a number between 1 and 9, and then another shortcut (Cmd-1) to jump directly to one of those tabs. GMail is tab #1, Beastmode.fm #2, Google Voice #3, and so forth.
Chrome Extension Combo
TabMonkey’s cool on its own, but becomes exponentially more useful in combination with other tab extensions. Here’s what I use.
QuickTabs provides a shortcut that displays all your tabs in a list, instantly searchable by title and URL. As you type, the list is filtered in real time. You can click on a tab to switch to it, or just hit enter.
This works particularly well with TabMonkey, as you can quickly jump back to the tab you just came from. Awesome.
[Full disclosure: I loved Evan Jehu's excellent QuickTabs extension so much I wound up contributing code to it.]
- Tab To The Next
This extension mimics Firefox’s behavior — it moves new tabs you open immediately to the right of your current tab, rather than leaving them on the far right.
I found that this greatly decreases the time I spend jumping around, because when that new tab is closed, you wind up on your previous tab, rather than the far right.
Allows me to jump to the previously active tab and bookmark tabs, as described above.
And there you have it. Quick tab navigation for Chrome that, IMO, should have been built into its core functionality.