tabXpert

tabXpert

General description

Interface modes

Primary interface

Working with windows

Private windows

How to create a new window

Naming a window

How to close an active window

How to open a closed window

Changing the window mode

How to delete a closed window

Merging of windows

How to split a window

Working with tabs

How to select a tab

How to open a tab

How to close a tab

Deleting a tab

Moving tabs

Copying tabs

Hot tabs

Virtual New tab

One-сlick mute

Context menu

Search

Options

General

Interface

Search

Export and import

tabXpert export

tabXpert import

Session Buddy import

Import from OneTab

Frequently Asked Questions


General description

tabXpert solves the problem of managing a large number of tabs and windows. Instead of creating an endless number of tabs in a single window you can open a new window with each new topic. When you finish working on the topic, you can just close the window without piling up numerous opened windows and tabs. You can open the window and continue working from where you left off at any time. At that, there is nothing special you should do, everything will be saved and restored automatically!

 

When syncing with the cloud, you can open windows on any other computer. Even if you are working on one computer, syncing with the cloud will help you to restore all your windows and tabs, should something happen to the computer.

We carefully treat the privacy of your data. tabXpert does not have access to the contents of the pages you visit. We also understand that not all pages need to be synced or saved. Therefore, we introduced two additional types of private windows in addition to normal windows. Please also see our privacy policy.

The main features of tabXpert:

Interface modes

tabXpert supports two interface types: a pop-up window and a tab. In the options, you can select the mode, in which tabXpert will run when activated (by pressing Alt-A shortcut or by clicking on tabXpert icon on the extensions panel). Regardless of the selected mode, you can open tabXpert tab with Alt-S shortcut. You will not be able to open a pop-up window with a shortcut if tab mode is selected as a primary mode. Also, tab mode cannot be displayed in an anonymous window. Therefore, we recommend pop-up window mode as a primary mode. In the options, you can specify where you want to open a tabXpert tab - in the first window (default) or in the current window.

Primary interface

The main screen is divided into two panels: windows panel and tabs panel. Windows panel consists of two sections: active and closed windows. Tab panel consists of two sections as well: active and closed tabs. You can change the ratio between the sizes of the panels by dragging the splitter bar:

The position of the splitter bar is saved separately for tab and pop-up window modes.

 

Closed windows are sorted by update time by default (the newest ones are on top). You can leave only titled windows by clicking on  or sort by title  (untitled windows will be at the bottom):

Closed untitled windows will be automatically deleted after the interval specified in the Options → General:

Closed tabs are always sorted by closing time.

 

A focused window is marked with the symbol , the selected window is marked with a selector           , and the incognito window is marked with :

The currently active tab is marked with the symbol , and the attached tab – by the symbol :

You will find Options menu, Search bar, and the Mute button in the header:

At the bottom, you will find a message bar that you can expand/collapse.

Working with windows

Private windows

There are three types of windows: normal, which are synchronized with the cloud (when the sync is enabled), and two private types: local and secure. Local windows (marked with the symbol ) are never synchronized with the cloud, whereas secure windows (marked with ) are never saved even locally, i.e. when you close a secure window, it will be permanently deleted (however, you can use Chrome service to restore the last closed normal window: Ctrl/Cmd+Shift-T):

You can change the type of window from more to less secure via the context menu of the window:

In the Options → General, you can choose a private mode for an incognito window by default:

Any pop-up windows are automatically created as secure.

How to create a new window

There are several ways to create a new Chrome window.

 

By using standard Chrome features. You can create a new window by any usual way: via the Chrome menu “New window” or “New incognito window,” with a shortcut or by dragging a tab. In any case, tabXpert will correctly monitor the appearance of a new window and display it in the interface.

 

Via tabXpert context menu. You can also create a normal or incognito window via the context menu of windows in normal or private mode:

You can move one or more tabs to a new window either (private and incognito modes are preserved for the new window):

Naming a window

You can name a window by using  when hovering over the window or by using the context menu:

How to close an active window

You can close an active window as usual or through the tabXpert interface by clicking on :

 

Please note that active windows do not close instantly, so the cross will spin for some time until Chrome is able to close the window.

 

If you close a window that contains only one new (empty) tab, the window will be deleted immediately, since empty windows are not saved.

How to open a closed window

In order to open a closed window, use Dbl-Click. A window will open and you will be able to continue working from where you left off.

 

You can copy (duplicate) a closed window (via the context menu or a shortcut (Ctrl/Cmd+Dbl-Click):

A new window will get a modified name of the old one, and all the active and closed tabs will be copied to this new window.

Changing the window mode

You can open a normal window in an incognito mode and vice versa via the context menu:

How to delete a closed window

You can remove a closed window in the same way, by clicking on . Then a message will appear in the message panel with the ability to undelete the last deleted window. The ability to restore a window is available only for 20 seconds and then it will be permanently deleted. The window will not be deleted if you exit from Chrome (or Chrome crashes) within the period when the restoration is available.

Merging of windows

You can combine windows by dragging one window onto another. Active and closed tabs of the original window will transfer to the resulting one, and the original window itself will be permanently deleted.

How to split a window

You can transfer any tab to a new window by using standard Chrome features or selecting needed tabs and dragging them into a new window via the context menu:

Working with tabs

How to select a tab

Most operations with tabs could also be performed with a group of tabs. You can mark a group of tabs by clicking on :

You can also select all the tabs in the section via the context menu.

 

In order to cancel tabs marking, you should select another window or click on the header or message panel; you can use the context menu for this purpose as well.

 

Operations with a group of tabs are only available via context menu or drag-and-drop.

How to open a tab

You can switch to any tab of the tab bar by clicking the mouse. If you open a closed tab, it will move to the active section. If you click on a tab in a closed window, it will open.

 

You also can open any tab in the current window (which is in a focus) by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+Click or via the context menu.

How to close a tab

You can close an active tab in the usual manner, by clicking on , or via the context menu.

Deleting a tab

You can delete a tab by clicking on  or through the context menu. In addition, you can delete all open tabs of a window by clicking on  in the line “Closed Tabs:”

At that, the ability to restore all deleted tabs will be available within 20 s.

Moving tabs

You can move a tab between active and closed ones by dragging it (or several marked tabs) to another section.

 

You can also move tabs to another window by dragging them to that window. If you drop them on the same window, they will be transferred to the same section. If you want to move them to another section of the resulting window, hold the mouse briefly over the resulting window until it opens, and select the desired section.

 

If you transferred the last active tab to "Closed tabs" in the current window, the window will either close without moving the last tab (if it was active) or be deleted if it has already been closed. If you have moved the last active tab into another window, either closed tabs will be moved together with active ones (if option "Closed tabs follow active tabs") or the window will be closed/deleted.

Copying tabs

In some cases, it is needed to copy one or more tabs in order to share them. You can use the context menu to copy the link address or name and paste them into the appropriate document:

Hot tabs

It is sometimes convenient to be able to switch to a certain tab and return back quickly, for example, for reading mail. We implemented so-called “hot tabs” – the ability to assign a shortcut for any tab. There can be up to 9 such shortcuts. By default, Alt-1 key sequence is assigned to the first tab, and Alt-0 - to the return to the previous tab, from which the transition was made to one of the hot tabs.

 

In order to assign shortcuts to hot tabs, go to Options → Hot Tabs:

Use the context menu to make a tab hot:

Virtual New tab

If you have enabled the option "Show virtual New tab," the last tab in the section of active tabs will always be a virtual new tab, by clicking on which a new tab opens in the selected window. If the last tab is empty, a virtual “New Tab” will not be shown. Most operations are not available for virtual tabs.

One-сlick mute

If any of the tabs generates a sound, tabXpert will display in the header. All tabs that generate sounds will be muted when clicked. If there was just one tab, tabXpert will switch to it in the interface.

 

In addition, the tab with sound will be marked in the list of tabs:

You can disable/enable the sound by clicking on  on the tab.

Context menu

tabXpert context menu for windows and tabs is available on the right-click. Alternatively, you can open the original Chrome context menu by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+Right-click. We refrain from duplicating the description of the context menu features, as it has already been described in the sections of working with tabs and windows.

 

The header’s context menu also opens the main menu.

Search

You can flexibly adjust the scope and parameters of the search in the search options. Search options are available in the main menu  or in the quick menu. Click here for more details on the available options.

 

The search is performed exclusively on words beginning. All characters except for letters and numbers are deemed to be word separators. The search is not case sensitive.

Search by window name is performed for closed windows only. You can search for tabs by name or address, depending on the settings.

 

When you search for windows, only windows containing the specified text will be displayed in "Closed Windows" section. You can perform all the usual manipulations with windows.

 

When searching through tabs, all found tabs will be displayed in two sections – active and closed tabs, depending on where they are located. At that, you can open, close, or delete a tab or switch to the window containing the found tab:

If you select one of the windows when the search is on (non-empty search string), the tabs of this window will be displayed in the tab bar. If you want to return to the search results, click on a сlear area of closed windows section or on the header; this will remove the marking from the window and return the mode of search results.

 

You can reset the search by pressing Esc or clicking on .

Options

You can open the options window via the main menu  or by pressing the right mouse button on the header.

General

Incognito mode support

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is No).

 

This option should be enabled if you want tabXpert to support anonymous windows. Otherwise, tabXpert will not see anonymous windows, and certain functionality related to incognito windows will be unavailable.

 

Default private mode for incognito windows

Possible values: Normal/Local/Secure (the default is Normal).

 

When you create a new incognito window via Chrome interface, you can choose the type of privacy for it.

Auto-closing remote windows

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is Yes).

 

In case you have enabled syncing with the cloud and you opened a window on two devices at the same time, a window on the "passive" device will display all the changes you make in the window on the "active" device. Should you open a music or video file, this tab opens on the second device too and may disturb people around.  

It is also possible, that a tab on the “passive” device will be redirected to another address (e.g., authorization) and this will lead to an undesirable transition to authorization on the “active” device as well.

 

Therefore, we recommend that you enable this option. Then, if you update a window that is also opened on the "passive" device, it will be automatically closed there.

In case a current incognito window was open as normal on another device, the incognito window will be closed regardless of the option value.

 

Update window time on close

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is No).

The last modification time of a window is always updated when tabs are changed/updated. Enable this option if you want to update last modification time of windows on close, then a window will be on top of the list when closed.

Merge closed tabs when last active is moved

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is Yes).

 

tabXpert window must contain at least one active tab. There are two possible variants when you move all active tabs from one window to another. If the option is enabled, all closed tabs will follow the active tabs and the original window will be deleted. If the option is disabled, tabXpert moves the upper closed tab into active tabs in the original window. At that, the window will be closed, if it is active.

 

Purge nameless windows

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is No).

If you need tabXpert to delete nameless windows automatically.

Purge nameless windows after, days

Possible values: 0 – 99 (the default is 14 days).

 

An untitled (nameless) window will be deleted after the specified number of days. If the value is set to zero, untitled windows will be deleted immediately on close.

Max number of closed tabs in history

Possible values: 0 – 99.

 

The maximum number of tabs that tabXpert stores in the closed tabs section.

The Great Suspender support: open tabs as

Possible values: Last state/Active/Suspended (the default is "Last state).

 

If you have installed The Great Suspender extension (and we recommend installing it), inactive tabs are automatically unloaded from the memory, reducing memory footprint by that, tabXpert can open tabs in one of three states: active, suspended or in the last state they were at the time of closing.

 

tabXpert does not support exceptions, which you can specify in The Great Suspender, therefore we recommend you to use the option "In the Latest State."

 

The installation of this extension will not only reduce the memory footprint occupied by tabs, but will also greatly accelerate the loading of windows containing frozen tabs, as frozen tabs open much faster than normal ones.

Hot tabs

Here you an see all hot tabs you have and set hotkeys.

Interface

Language

Possible values: "Default"/"English (US)"/"Русский" (default is "Default").

 

This option specifies the language of the interface. In the default mode, tabXpert determines the most appropriate language based on the language of Chrome interface and the list of preferred languages in Chrome settings. You can set the desired interface language.

Activate extension default mode

Possible values: Pop-up/Tab (the default is “Pop-up”).

 

You can read more information about this option in the description of the interface modes.

Auto-closing tabXpert tab

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is “Yes”).

 

If this option is enabled, the tabXpert tab will be automatically closed when you open a window or tabs, except for tabs opening in the background, thus emulating the mode of the window.

 

Tooltips

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is “Yes”).

 

Turn it off if you do not want to see tooltips.

Activate extension shortcut

The default is Alt-A.

 

Shortcut for the activation of the extension (that is analogous to clicking on the extension icon). Depending on the value of the option "Open When Activated" either a window, or a tab will open when you press this shortcut.

 

Open tabXpert tab shortcut

The default is Alt-S

 

Shortcut to open tabXpert in the tab mode.

 

Theme

Possible values: Light/Dark (the default is “Light”).

 

Here you can choose the color scheme for tabXpert.

Search

Search mode

Possible values: Windows & tabs/Windows only /Tabs only (“Windows & tabs” by default).

 

You can select the search area.

 

Tab search fields

Possible values: Title & URL/Title/URL (the default is "Title & URL").

 

You can choose where to perform a search in tabs.

Tab search scope

Possible values: “Selected window/All windows” (the default is “All windows”).

 

If the search in tabs is enabled in the option “Search Mode,” you can select a search area in the current window or in all windows.

 

Instant Search

Possible values: Yes/No (the default is “Yes”).

 

If this option is enabled, the search will be carried out immediately when typing, otherwise – by pressing Enter.

Export and import

tabXpert export

You can export tabXpert data for subsequent import.

tabXpert import

You can import the same file many times; it will not create duplicate data. If you import the older version of data, the existing data will not be overwritten. Deleted windows will not be restored. Thus, it makes no sense to import old data to the same device from where it was exported, but you can transfer data to another device, or use it as a backup copy.

 

We recommend you to enable cloud syncing, so the data will be saved to the cloud in real time mode.

Session Buddy import

You can export data from the Session Buddy extension, and import them into tabXpert. Only titled sessions will be imported. When you export data from Session Buddy, select the JSON format and enable the following options: Sessions, Windows, Titles, and URLs:

Data will be duplicated when you perform re-import from Session Buddy!

Import from OneTab

You can export data from the OneTab extension, and import them into tabXpert. Only titled sessions will be imported.

 

You should do the following in order to export OneTab data.

  1. Install the Chrome extension called Storage Area Explorer.
  2. Enable “Developer Mode” on the extensions page (Menu → More Tools → Extensions).
  3. Find OneTab and open the background page:

  1. Select the Storage Explorer tab:

  1. Select Export localStorage window → To File in the section:

You can import the resulting file into tabXpert and delete Storage Area Explorer extension after that.

 

The data will be duplicate if re-imported from OneTab!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why tabXpert needs so many permissions

Here is the reason for each permission:

Permission

Reason

Read and change your data on all tabxpert.com sites

For “Share window” feature (in development)

Read your browsing history

For tab state access (main feature)

Display notifications

For displaying messages

Read and change your bookmarks

For bookmarks integration (in development)

Modify data you copy and paste

For copy URL/title feature

Manage your downloads

For saving export file

Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

For detecting a state of The Great Suspender extension

Why can't I see incognito windows?

You have not enabled incognito windows support.

 

Why does a window not appear in closed windows section on close?

There may be the following reasons for this:

Why do the real titles of tabs not always correspond to the stored titles?

This is due to some implementation specifics related to synchronization. If you open a window from the list of the closed windows, tabXpert will not update the title and URL until you load the page, except for the change of the primary URL domain. URL and title will be updated the next time you refresh the tab.

Is it possible to restore the history of page visits?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to implement thus far. Besides, we don't have any plans to store page history, since that would result in a significant increase of the database and complicate the synchronization process.

Sometimes windows are restored on the same monitor where they were closed, sometimes they don't, why?

Chrome restricts the ability to find out on what desktop or monitor a window is open, as well as to specify where to open it. The fact that a window sometimes opens on the right monitor is an undocumented feature of Chrome.

 

Is it possible to restore a deleted window?

We have not planned to implement such recovery yet. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.