Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tab Mix Plus for Chrome work around

*** UPDATE***  9/13/2013
Around August 2013 Google sent out a new version of Chrome that is no longer compatible with Chrome Toolbox.  So far there have been no indicators that the Google team will be updating the toolbox.  It's more abandonware from Google.
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The main reason I have stuck with Firefox is Tab Mix Plus.  It is the must have extension.  But the developer of TMP to date has no interest in porting this gem to Google’s Chrome browser.  Lately I have become so frustrated with Firefox’s speed I gave Chrome another chance and spent a couple of days searching for something to match TMP’s features.

I finally made the transition to Chrome this week.  A whole week without Firefox!  I am still not 100% sold on Chrome, I still feel the extensions in Firefox are more robust but the sheer speed of Chrome has me sold.  I found that Google makes an extension for Chrome that has one key tab feature to make it one step closer to TMP’s treasure chest of tab extensions. 

Chrome Toolbox by Google has a few tab extensions that do make life easier.  The key feature is opening a new tab when typing anything on the URL line.  Since Chrome has no search window you type your URL or search request into the same area.  With Google’s Toolbox for Chrome there is an option labeled ‘When pressing enter in address bar with a URL in it, open the URL in a new tab”.  This is awesome, the most difficult part of the transition was losing my current tab every time I did a search and this solves that. 

Another option in the Google’s Toolbox is “When clicking on a link, always open in a new tab”.  It’s not exactly what I want.  What TMP does is only open a new link if the domain changes when clicking on a link.  I put a request into the Google dev team about enhancing this feature but from what I am reading they don’t seem to listen to us users!



25 comments:

  1. Thank you, that was something I have searched for a while. Now I can move to Chrome. Greetings, Marek, PL

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  2. And didn't you find something for cycling the tabs in recently used order? The "Recent Tabs" extension does not have an option to remap shortcut to ctrl-tab and override it's default behaviour. This is the thing that I am missing the most :)

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  3. Like you I have been growing irritated by FF speed and buggyness with WordPress/Joomla. I've hesitantly tried every other browser and have settled on Comodo Dragon (for relative security/anonymity) as being the best likely alternative.

    It would be great to try Google toolbox but he notice that the extension can access "All data on your computer and the websites you visit" is just a bit too high a price to pay.

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    1. For faster speed with all the Firefox extensions you love, try Palemoon, or Waterfox. Both are optimized versions of Firefox. Waterfox is my choice, and works great!

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  4. tabs mix plus accesses all that data to

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  5. I'm in the same boat that the author was in originally, and I also just found Chrome Toolbox Options. Oh, but wait ... here are the options that the extension offers to us lowly Mac users:

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    Tab

    [ ] When clicking on a link, always open it in a new tab

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    That's it. All of the other tab options are missing, including the only one I really cared about which is automatically opening a link in a new tab from the address bar.

    I've only been on Chrome for a few hours but this discovery has me right at the tipping point of dismissing it as a browser option.

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  6. I just posted about the lack of Mac support.

    I'm not a big fan of having my browser activity tied to my gmail account, so I don't log into Chrome. No problem there. However, I just tried to rate the extension and make a comment on it's lack of Mac support and found that I have to log in before I can do so. Fine, I logged in.

    Oh, but that's not enough... now I have to create a Google+ profile before I can rate the extension.

    Back to Firefox ... Google is becoming just too creepy with their wanting you to be constantly logged into their apps and services to do even the most simple things. I worked at MS for 9 years and left because they started down a similar road.

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  7. Thank you so much for this. I may never have found it on my own.

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  8. Do any tab extensions on chrome that you double-click on a tab to create a duplicate tab? I use Dragon voice recognition which doesn't work really well in Firefox anymore but not being able to duplicate a tab by double-clicking so I can move on and getting kind of frustrating. I'm disabled and using my fingers is somewhat impossible so I use a trackball with the mouse buttons reversed and use the corner of my wrist..

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  9. Chrome Toolbox is not supported in Windows 8 :-(

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    1. Not much does work on Windows 8. I would stay clear of Win 8 for at least 6 months until all the devs can update their stuff to work with it.

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  10. Problem is: Even side specific links e.g. in Google Reader are opened in another tab, which is kind of annoying.

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  11. Not having something like TMP is still so F...G.. for Chrome.

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  12. This is a SERIOUSLY missed feature in Chrome - I switched from Firefox when I purchased a ChromeBook but some of the limitations of Chrome are SO strange...IE; THIS and no access to online clipboard via toolbar button...

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  13. Unfortunately, Chrome Toolbox doesn't get CLOSE to Tab Mix Plus - I mean, how do I select a tab with mouseover rather than CLICK!!! UGH! Then I love 'colorful tabs' - easier to FIND and GROUP multiples of the same site! But FF keeps having problems for me and I'm on an unsupported Ubuntu so I get no more FF updates!

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  14. Tab Mix Plus is the only reason I continue with FF. I'm going to give Chrome Toolbox a try this week. Thanks for the heads up.

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  15. Firefox, IE and Chrome continue to jockey for browser market share even though Chrome is down the list in terms of revenue generators for Google. It is just a shock to me that something as simple as a tab manager (like TMP) could potentially move them to the head of the class....and they don't care! They don't care that their default tab management is even worse than IE (which I never thought would be possible). But then I snap to when I think of what has happened to YouTube since Google bought it. It's not a bash, just a simple fact that Google has set customer service as a low priority item for themselves and all of their subsidiaries. So they don't want to write something similar to TMP....that's their business. But to NEVER respond to direct questions or through a forum does show how smug Google is and they really don't mind because they don't have to. Kind of a sad state of affairs, but all too common in 2013.

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  16. FYI, Google changed Chrome around Aug 2013 to new API calls which caused Chrome Toolbox to not work anymore. Typical Google, they to date have not updated the toolbox to work with the new API's. So more abandonware from Google.

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  17. If you want to open a new tab from the address bar, hit Alt + Enter when you are finished entering your search terms or URL.

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  18. Who wants to have to use a key combination? No one. I want a URL, Bookmark, History item or link to automatically open in a new tab when I press Enter after typing in the URL, or when I click on the Bookmark, History item or link. Is that so hard?

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    1. I agree but the folks at Google don't listen to us poor users. I finally gave up on Chrome when they nuked their own toolbox. I'm back with Firefox and Tab Mix Plus. I can only assume something in Chrome does not allow this feature that nobody offers a plugin to open a new tab.

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  19. Replying to very old post here:

    I have major issues with the lack of TmP on Chrome.
    I want my god damned browser to go to the tab to the LEFT of my tab when I close, not the right. TmP makes FF totally usable for me and the lack of it (and seemingly any clones) on Chrome after all this time is maddening.

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  20. I'm finding solace in know that I am not the only one who thinks that the internet is useless without TMP. It is God's gift to the internet. Now with FF "Quantum" my TMP is now RIP and life is really not the same. I have been spending hours flailing around my 170 open tabs looking for an alternative or a collection of alternatives that can barely duplicate the power of TMP. I might have to move on to Chrome as they seem to now have the market of extensions. I'm so depressed.

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  21. I also miss TMP. Chrome has zero useful extensions to match what TMP could do on Firefox. I still cannot find anything to open a new tab when I select a bookmark. Is TMP closing their efforts or will they recode for the new Firefox?

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