xTab
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xTab

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Overview

Limit the maximum number of tabs that can be open at the same time.

xTab is a Chrome extension that lets you limit the maximum number of tabs that can be open at one time. You can set the tab limit to any number and choose what tab should be removed when you hit that limit: - Least recently used (default) - Least accessed - Oldest You can alternatively block new tabs from opening completely once the limit has been reached. Pinned tabs, tabs playing audio, and tabs that you have never visited (opened in the background) will not be closed. If you are looking to install in an enterprise environment and customize settings using a group policy please contact us here: https://xtab.app Note that after the extension is installed, if you do not change the default settings, it will close any tabs you have open beyond a 20 tab limit. For example, if you have 50 tabs open when the extension is installed, the next tab you open will remove 30 tabs. You can avoid this behavior by changing the default settings as soon as it is installed. NOTE that a new tab opens when the extension is updated to version 2.0. This is a one time thing that is required to transfer the settings over to the new version which uses a different storage mechanism. This is required for changes related to manifest v3. Changes v2.0.1 - Make sure migration tab launches in the background v2.0.0 - Updated extension to support manifest v3 - Updated storage to use chrome.storage API instead of localStorage directly - Changed default behavior when using “block” algorithm to block without warning (This change in v1.0.0 was questionable and a little confusing so this restores the previous behavior) v1.0.1 - Updated extension to remove advertisement in favor of a donation link v1.0.0 - Rearchitected to support additional functionality and custom builds. - Updated the pop up UI to make it simpler to understand what the different options do - Added an option to prevent tabs that are playing audio from being closed by the extension (enabled by default) - Added an option to recycle existing tabs. This means that instead of closing an old tab it will reuse the old tab and move it into the new position. This allows you to use the back button to get back to a tab that has been closed (disabled by default) - Added a page that shows up in place of a new tab if you have the extension set to block new tabs from opening (enabled by default) - Added an option to block tabs from opening without showing a page (disabled by default) - Added new xTab logo to popup menu - Updated extension icon - Updated extension logo - Improved handling of tabs you have never been to - Decreased amount of time until a tab is considered active to prevent cases where sometimes a tab doesn’t get closed even though you have been to it - Reduced number of options in tab limit dropdown v0.2.1 - Updated copy in popup to be more clear v0.2.0 - Added option to block new tabs from opening instead of auto closing an older tab - Handled cases where the tab id could change for an existing tab - Improved handling of tabs you have never been to so they are less likely to be closed in different modes v0.1.6 - Fixed issue that would cause this extension to sometimes not work if a configuration value was missing in local storage v0.1.5 - Added timer to only consider a tab active after it has been open for a few seconds - Updated to handle tabs that were open before the extension was installed. v0.1.4 - Updated background page to be persistent v0.1.3 - Fixed issue where sometimes tabs you haven’t been to could still be closed. v0.1.2 - Updated to prevent closing tabs you have never been to (for example if command clicking to open tabs in the background) v0.1.1 - Fixed issue where sometimes the active tab would be closed

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Dawid BieniekMay 5, 2024

Closed all my tabs before I could set that it should only prevent new ones from opening. If I could give zero starts I would.

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Craig CDeveloperMay 6, 2024

Hi Dawid, I am sorry to hear that. There is a note in the extension overview about this behavior, but unfortunately it is still not as obvious at it could be: > Note that after the extension is installed, if you do not change the default settings, it will close any tabs you have open beyond a 20 tab limit. For example, if you have 50 tabs open when the extension is installed, the next tab you open will remove 30 tabs. You can avoid this behavior by changing the default settings as soon as it is installed. The alternative behavior is that I can ignore any of the tabs already open when the extension is installed, but the problem with that is then people think the extension is not working PERIOD. If you have any idea on how I could improve this flow to either make it more clear or handle the behavior when the extension is first installed, I would be happy to try to improve it. Thank you, Craig

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Jeff -family of- StapletonMay 2, 2024

Until the last couple of days, I would say this is a 4-star extension. I've used this for years and used it with Brave for a couple of years, but all of a sudden in the last couple of days, it stopped working. What happens now, is when you try to open a tab that puts you over your limit, the tab is open in a new browser window instead of being blocked. So, it seems like the v2.0.1 release introduced a bug.

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Craig CDeveloperMay 6, 2024

Hi Jeff, I am really sorry to hear about that. I would love to get this resolved and sorted out, but I am unable to reproduce the issue. Can I ask what settings you are using? Are you able to consistently reproduce the issue? Have you tried disabling and re-enabling the extension? As part of the new update, I had to migrate the settings from a background page to the new service worker flow that is part of Google’s manifest v3 extension format which is required for extensions to continue working starting next month. This process is very annoying and clunky, and I THOUGHT I got it right, but it is certainly possible I made a mistake in the migration process. Can you try disabling and re-enabling the extension or going into the settings and selecting them again and see if that helps? I didn’t intentionally change anything or change any actual functionality, but it is also possible that Google changed something with how their APIs work with manifest v3 extensions vs. v2. If I keep it as v2, the extension will be removed entirely starting next month. Thank you, Craig

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PratikMay 2, 2024

Not working on my Opera Browser, It was working Before.

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Craig CDeveloperMay 6, 2024

Hi Pratik, Could you explain to me in what way it is not working? Thanks, Craig

Details

  • Version
    2.0.1
  • Updated
    April 28, 2024
  • Size
    96.95KiB
  • Languages
    English
  • Developer
    Website
    Email
    iamcraigcampbell@gmail.com
  • Non-trader
    This developer has not identified itself as a trader. For consumers in the European Union, please note that consumer rights do not apply to contracts between you and this developer.

Privacy

The developer has disclosed that it will not collect or use your data.

This developer declares that your data is

  • Not being sold to third parties, outside of the approved use cases
  • Not being used or transferred for purposes that are unrelated to the item's core functionality
  • Not being used or transferred to determine creditworthiness or for lending purposes

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