Firefox seemed to slow down recently and it occurred to me that I had many open tabs — ultimately, I would find out that three-quarters of them were Experts Exchange tabs! :)
So I decided to go on a hunt for a tool that would capture the names and URLs of all open tabs and put them in a plain text file. That way I could close the tabs, thereby improving Firefox's performance, but still have a record of them in case I want to find one and resurrect it.
Enter the Send Tab URLs
This Firefox add-on creates a list with the names and URLs of all open tabs in the current Firefox window. It has the ability to email the list or copy the list to the clipboard. I've never tried the email feature, as it (1) doesn't interest me and (2) is limited to 30 tabs. The copy-to-clipboard feature can handle an unlimited number of tabs — you'll see below why this is important to me. If anyone tries the email feature, please post a comment with your results.
I started using Send Tab URLs with Firefox 32.0.1 and am using it on the latest version as of this article's publication — 34.0.5. The website says that it supports English, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, German, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Swedish, but I have used it only with the one language I know. If anyone tries it with a language besides English, please post a comment with your results.
After installing the add-on, you will have two ways to invoke it:
(the three horizontal bars in the upper right of the toolbar):
File>Send Tab URLs...
When you run it via either of those techniques, Send Tab URLs offers three styles for the list of URLs — Plain list, Numbered, Bulleted
I wanted to see how bad things were, so I went with Numbered
. When it is done processing, which is lightning fast
, it displays a pop-up in the system tray/notification area:
With the list on the clipboard, you may paste it wherever you want, such as Notepad.
Now for my stunning results — 908 open tabs!
Here's what the first line of the text file looks like:
From Send Tab URLs (908 links)
Here are the last three URLs, showing what the list looks like:
906. PaperPort - How To Reorder/Rearrange Scanning Profiles
907. Batch Conversion of PDF and TIFF files via Command Line Interface
908. Scanners and Cameras Applet in Windows 7 and Windows 8
I then went on a massive clean-up campaign, closing almost 800 tabs.
My next run of Send Tab URLs showed this:
Yes, Firefox performance improved!
From Send Tab URLs (135 links)
Being a plain text file, it is easy to insert comments documenting the situation, such as this in my 908-link file:
Firefox is getting sluggish, so I decided to save this
list and close all EE tabs and maybe some others. I
want to get way down from the 908 currently open.
I put the date/time in the file name and will keep all of the text files for future reference (they are small — the 908-link one is just 140KB; the 135-link one, just 18KB).
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