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May 25, 2015

Spaces extension for Chrome helps you manage your browser windows

SpacesWhether you use Chrome OS on a desktop or a Chromebook, while you work, play, shop and socialise all in the same browser, it’s easy to open up a multitude of tabs for your desktop or Chromebook for your own good. Now an extension called Spaces for Chrome encourages you to group them into different windows and lets you manage them easily.

This is particularly true on a Chromebook where most of them only have 2GB of ram and you get the dreaded ‘Oops Jim’ blue screen.

For starters, you can name each browser window, or space — say, ‘Auctions’, ‘Social’ or whatever you want— and see all the tabs they contain. If you’re not using a certain window, close it as you normally would and Spaces will remember all the pages you were browsing for later.

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Let’s say you wanted to create a ‘Social’ space tab. Highlight the tab, say, Google + then go to the extension and click  Move Active tab. If you don’t have a Social tab just type it in the ‘Move to tab’ and hey presto job done.

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Spaces also lets you move tabs to other windows and switch to another window with customizable keyboard shortcuts — even if you’ve closed them. That’s very useful indeed.

The extension also lets you export each space as text file list of URLs. You can import new spaces by pasting in links in the same format. Plus, it remembers your spaces and closed tabs even after you’ve rebooted Chrome.

The browser tends to hog too much RAM when you’ve got multiple tabs open and Spaces is a great way to rein it in.

BT_BODY_200Spaces [Chrome Web Store]

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini