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Very much like Linus and Luke (sorry, slick) years ago, my friend and I are at an odds: Is it better to have few tabs open with favourites and open new ones whenever you need them, or just keep everything open?


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Eh, I usually don't need much tabs open.

I have four tabs open, with my range usually being 4-8.

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Just do what you want I guess, there's no better or worse. If you can work with it, go for it. I loose the overview what's open with many tabs open so most of the time I only have two at max open, but when researching something it occasionally jumps to 10 or more tabs open depending on the task

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A lot. 






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23 minutes ago, seon123 said:

A lot. 

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this is what the old lady i live with does, she opens everything she sees, ads, images, the works

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Only the ones I need. Which can be from 3 to 30 (forum, searching for job, searching for info etc.). I like seeing things tidy, which means I need to be able to read what sites are open by reading tab headers. I use bookmarks for a reason. Same goes with shortcuts on desktop. Main ones are shown, rest is in folders (just like my bookmark toolbar).

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I use speed dials so my favourites are never far without cluttering the bar. I immensely prefer Safari's address bar based speed dial, but since I'm mostly on Windows I have settled with Vivaldi's default speed dial. Actual amount of tabs depends on what I'm doing, but typically less than ten.

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Across 3 monitors in Firefox, I have on average 20-30 tabs open in 3 windows. I have it this way for a few years now.. From back when I was running an FX6300 and 16GB to an FX8350 and 16GB to my current R5 2600X with 64GB ram.


Sites vary from news to gaming, forums I moderate, spreadsheets and multimedia like my emby server, netflix, prime video, youtube...  Never had any issues with firefox... Chrome on the other hand was useless and constantly crashing... Even with all the privacy/script/ad blockers I use in firefox.


Right now, I'm looking for a holiday cottage for next xmas, so I've got 5 rental sites open each with about half a dozen tabs for properties I'm considering So my current total is actually 45 right now.

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At the moment I have 42 tabs open, which is quite a few more than I normally have.

That is because I have some references open for a drawing I'm making (that's like 12 tabs) and at the moment I have a hard time fully watching YouTube videos so I have like 5 that I am a couple minutes into that I have been meaning to watch..


It's annoying Chrome can't remember multiple windows of tabs..

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Depends on what I'm doing. If I had to venture guesses...

  • while casually browsing 1-2
  • while working 6-10
  • while researching something (depending on topic) 10-50

I try not to have more than 10 tabs open on any one window to stay organized.

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I soft of ebb and flow.  At the moment I've got 30-35 tabs open. I usually start with about four open, two for email, one for Youtube and one for whatever I'm doing at the moment, and it grows as I start looking things up and reading and doing.

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