Open a set of browser bookmarks in separate Tabs
Mac Tip #495, 20 July 2011
I often need to open groups of web pages — for example the Comments pages for both MacTips and KnowIT (and a couple of other sites too). It’s part of my morning routine to check all those pages. Opening them as a group is easier and quicker than opening them one at a time.
Here’s how you can open sets of favourite pages too, whether you use Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or OmniWeb.
Mainstream web browsers
Caveat: I use the latest versions of all web browsers. This may not work the same in older versions. Versions used for this Tip:
- OmniWeb-5.11/GM-v622.16, Revision: 151183
- Safari Version 5.0.5 (6533.21.1)
- Firefox 5.0.1
- Chrome 13.0.782.55 beta
- Opera 11.50. Build 1074
Workspaces gather sets of web pages
Each browser has its strengths and unique features, but one of my favorites is OmniWeb’s Workspaces. In a drawer on the side you see a thumbnail of each tab that’s open. Click a thumbnail to bring that tab to the front. In the screenshot I’m checking emails trapped by the Postini spam filter.
I have about 20 workspaces in OmniWeb, with sets of pages for client projects, my own projects, sending MacTips, and other activities.
Create an OmniWeb Workspace
To create a Workspace in OmniWeb first choose
New Workspace from the
Workspaces menu. A small window appears where you can enter a name for this set of pages. Give your workspace a useful name and click the
Then open a set of pages in separate tabs.
You can now access that Workspace at any time from the
Save pages in a Bookmark Folder
In most other web browsers add a folder in the Bookmarks. For example, I added a folder called
mySites. Create as many folders as you like. You may have one folder for each project, for example.
Open each web page you want to save in a set. Bookmark that page inside your chosen folder.
Safari: Open folder contents in Tabs
To open a set of web pages select the folder from the
Bookmarks menu and choose
Open in Tabs from the submenu.
The screenshot shows my Safari window with 4 tabs ready to read.
Opera: Open All Folder Items
In Opera choose
Open all Folder Items rather than Open in Tabs.
Chrome: Open All Bookmarks
In Google Chrome the command is
Open All Bookmarks.
In Firefox Open All in Tabs
In Firefox choose
Open All in Tabs.
All browsers open a set of pages
In all browsers the set of web pages opens up as a set of Tabs.
Try this Tip out and let us know if it makes any difference to how you work. I’d go crazy without my OmniWeb Workspaces.
And try out the other web browsers I’ve mentioned too. They’re all free. You may find you prefer different browsers for different tasks.
Tell us about your experiences with Safari tabs in the Comments at MacTips.info. Could you write a guest MacTip? If so, contact Miraz.
Credit where it’s due
This Tip was written by Miraz Jordan, http://mactips.info, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.