Friday, April 17, 2020

#AtoZChallenge - OneTab

Here at OA, we're talking about writing motivation for our A-to-Z Challenge: what motivates us, how to get motivated, and - according to me, at least - what apps are useful to keep motivated!

Today I'm talking about OneTab. OneTab is, in all seriousness, one of the most useful Chrome extensions I have ever used. And, it's totally free.

How it works

Always have fifty tabs open? Can't figure out where the music is coming from? Computer speed reduced almost to zero? You need OneTab. OneTab is a tab condenser - all you have to do is install the extension for Chrome, and when you want to close a bunch of tabs without losing the links, tap the OneTab icon. OneTab then converts all of your tabs into a list on a separate OneTab tab, delineated by the date and time they were OneTabbed. When you want to open one of those sites again, you can select them individually or restore all of the tabs in a group at once. If you decide you don't want those links anymore, you can easily delete them. OneTab will also let you lock a set of links to prevent it from being deleted, star it to find it more easily, rename it, and even share it so you can access it from another computer.

I have used OneTab for a few years, but hands down I use it the most for writing resources. I'm a completionist, so I have problems when I'm given a long list of resources like "Here are 20 websites to check out if you want to write female-female romance!" You can bet that I'm going to look at every. single. website. And of course, I get distracted in the middle, or I wear myself out, and those remaining 10 tabs just stay open forever, the tabs getting skinnier and skinnier as I open even more's a vicious cycle. With OneTab, I just condense all of those sites into a list and give it a name, and then I can come back to it with fresh eyes. It's much faster than copying links into a Word document or something, and all of those resources are there are my fingertips when I need them.

  • Free!
  • Easy to collapse links and search through them later
  • History metadata for sites is lost - you can't go to the link and hit "back" to go to a previous page on the site
  • Can't convert links directly to bookmarks
  • Only for Chrome
Final thoughts

OneTab makes it so easy to collapse tabs and manage your writing resources, you'll be kicking yourself that you didn't start using it sooner! Writers who don't use Chrome may be left out of this one - sorry about that. Give OneTab a try and let us know how it goes!

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  1. Oh my god. I always have so. many. tabs. open. I'm definitely going to check this out. Thanks for the tip!

    Congrats on making it over half way thru A to Z!

  2. There's a Firefox version, too....


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