If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know about my ardent “never close a tab for any reason” way of recklessly living. That’s a hill that I’ve wanted to die on for a long time, but recently found a tool that absolutely changed the way I use my browser. It̵
So here’s the thing. You could look at my computer at any time and find anywhere from 2 to 4 open Chrome windows, with between 5 and 30 tabs in each. I would have windows for work research, hobbies (guitar and / or cycling – sometimes in separate windows), things I wanted to read or refer to later, and others. It was madness, but it’s a system I’ve been using for so long that it just worked for me.
That is, of course, a huge hit for system resources. I actually live in Chrome, which is known as a RAM hog in its own right – charge that thing with four windows and like 82 tabs, and ugh. I’ve long used tools like The Great Suspender to counter the RAM hoarding of my massive tab army, but that doesn’t solve the bigger problem of, well, the tab army itself.
Partizion is a bit like bookmarks, but okay
Join Partizion. I read about this extension / web tool on ZDnet a few weeks ago and thought it seemed like something I could use in my life. In fact, it is a way to collect and organize tabs to open them later without using bookmarks, lists, or multiple windows. So instead of having different Chrome windows for everything I want to keep on hand, I can now create a new collection in Partizion, add tabs to that collection, and keep my overall browser clutter to a minimum. New year, new me and all.
Partizion is divided into multiple “workspaces,” and as far as I can tell, you can have an unlimited number – you can even assign a custom emoji to each emoji, which I love. I like to keep things simple, so I’ve only worked with two: personal and work. You create collections within these workspaces. You can think of these as bookmark folders that aren’t absolutely bad.
When you sign up for Partizion, you need to create an account so that all your workspaces and collections are also synced between devices. This is easily one of my favorite things about Partizion as I often switch between multiple computers.
I started with collections for everything I would normally have a new browser window for: work research, guitar gear, and cycling gear. The collections quickly branched out with more granular organization than I had used with any other system. Now I have specific collections for things I want to read later, strength training, bike training, guitar and several others between the work and personal workplaces. It is awesome.
I think of the collections as their own little “browser windows,” if you will. But they don’t use the sheer number of resources that full windows would use. You can browse collections and open individual tabs if you need them, or press the “open” button to get them all at once. I love that feature for a small collection of three tabs that I always open together. Partizion brought that from three clicks to just one. Easy.
It’s still in beta, but has the potential to be great
That said, Partizion isn’t perfect (although it’s still in early development so progress is constantly being made). For example, I would like to be able to click on a tab within a collection and immediately open that tab – as it looks now: clicking anywhere in the collection box will only open that collection. You need to hover over the item you want to open and click specifically on the “open” box. However, that is a minor annoyance.
Finally, there are the costs. I never expect anything that offers meaningful features to be free, although there is a common (and simply put, wrong) mindset that browser extensions should be free. Partizion isn’t free, but it does offer a two-week free trial. After that, you have to pay to keep using it.
You can sign up right now and take advantage of beta pricing as low as $ 4 per month (billed annually). I have been told the beta period will end soon and the price will go up although the exact pricing model and plans are still being decided. Either way, you can lock in the $ 4 monthly price if you sign up before the end of the beta.
So far for this self-proclaimed tab hoarder, it’s worth every penny.