How Many Tabs Do You Have Open On a Browser?

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With IM it's really easy to get distracted and not to take action even when you've bought a plethora of WSOs and You have the system all figured out (WSO junkie here)

So just out of interest, how many tabs do you think you have open in your browser on average and do you think it's seriously hindering you from taking action?
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  • Profile picture of the author Awesomo
    currently I have 7 tabs in my browser...
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  • Profile picture of the author Hostpany
    9-10 usually.
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  • Profile picture of the author FokusNow
    On average around 5 tabs. I try keep keep from being side tracked as much as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bettersignupnow
    I start with four - then before I know it there are 27. Damn email anyway!
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  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    I usually have 4 or 5 minimum, but at times I could have more than 15. Soooooo...

    I use instapaper.com a lot now. What it does is save the webpages you want to keep for later viewing but don't necessarily want to bookmark. I have less tabs up now, and less distractions.

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    • Profile picture of the author emini_guy
      Originally Posted by rrm View Post

      I usually have 4 or 5 minimum, but at times I could have more than 15. Soooooo...

      I use instapaper.com a lot now. What it does is save the webpages you want to keep for later viewing but don't necessarily want to bookmark. I have less tabs up now, and less distractions.

      Ron
      I too use instapaper and love it. I use 2 tabbed browsers, often side by side, and I may keep 3-6 tabs open on each of them at any given time, but sometimes even as many as 15 or so.

      I don't think keeping many tabs is what really distracts you. I keep them open usually because I am doing research and not because I am just killing my time mindlessly. The latter may happen too, but I don't think you need many tabs for it. One could very well be enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    at this very moment, 9. But I've been known to approach 15-20 at times.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrinternational
    I guess it is more common for IMers to have many windows open at the same time, wonder if this also applies to regular folks?
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    10 or so, that's for each browser! Sounds sick, I know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    It depends. I can go from as low as 1 to up to more then 30, depending on what I need to do. Usually, the more I have open, the more I am distracted though, so no good there.

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    • Profile picture of the author vjboc
      I have 7 tabs open right now. I have had a many as 20 or 25. Depends on what I am doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Stephens
    Yes, I can have up to 20 open, I see something and think I'll get back to that, then get an email about something else and it just snowballs.

    I've been using IE. and it keeps on stopping so I've just decided to use Chrome. We'll see.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I usually keep 4-5 open. I am pretty obsessive about not having too many things going on. Throughout the day I'm sure I open 100 or so new tabs and then close.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    I tend to have about 5-10, but they aren't distracting me. They are for various research purposes (for copywriting) or checking up on my websites or other things.
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  • Profile picture of the author ColinT
    Right now I have 9 tabs open but sometimes I can have 20+ , and yes it can get very distracting at times
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  • Profile picture of the author WarpedMind
    I guess so far, I'm the winner... it's not unusual for me to have so many tabs and windows (with more tabs) that eventually my mac crashes (yes, mac and crash in the same sentence). I've seen windows with 40, 50 or more tabs (again, with multiple windows open). I'd guess that it's not uncommon for me to have a hundred or more (I believe much more) tabs at any given time. I've had so many that when I hit CTRL+T or CTRL+W again, nothing happens! LOL! Safari, Chrome, Firefox (no IE for me... yech!)... I bring them all to their knees!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
    This is too funny! Depends on what I'm working on. Day to day normal would be 8-15 in one or two different browser windows. Some days though, I will have 3-4 different open browsers each with 5-10 tabs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ralph Moore
      Never less than three. When I am working on a project, it is common to have anywhere from 6 to 15 or more tabs open.

      It really depends upon what I am doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author IamTJM
    I tend to have around 6. Any more then I just feel cluttered and I start closing tabs unless in working on a project that requires all those tabs of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    Wow. Glad I'm not alone. A dozen or more. Three different browsers to test sites in the different browsers too. Word programs, excel, ...............
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    A friend phoned me a few weeks ago to tell me that a few weeks previously he had watched a youtube video of an engine over revving and exploding. Everytime he turned on his computer it was making the exploding noises and he couldn't work out why.

    I went round and discovered he was using Firefox, which was set to open all the previous tabs each time he launched it. He knew nothing about tabs, so you can probably begin to imagine how many hundreds Firefox was opening each time he launched it - including a tab with the youtube video.
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    • Profile picture of the author MP80
      Lol, I feel like a real light-weight.. I only have 2 open, occasionally 3 I'm definitely not much of a multi-tasker!

      Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

      A friend phoned me a few weeks ago to tell me that a few weeks previously he had watched a youtube video of an engine over revving and exploding. Everytime he turned on his computer it was making the exploding noises and he couldn't work out why.

      I went round and discovered he was using Firefox, which was set to open all the previous tabs each time he launched it. He knew nothing about tabs, so you can probably begin to imagine how many hundreds Firefox was opening each time he launched it - including a tab with the youtube video.
      Haha.. That's funny I have a friend who I could imagine doing that one lol
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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    Apparently I have 12 right now But I haven't even look at the first 7 for a while now cause they were something that I would look at when I have the time...it's my version of a "temporary bookmark" so it seems
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    I have dual screens with at least 2 browser windows open and around 50-60 tabs open.

    I generally have one screen/window for personal stuff, eg: weather, news etc and the other window for IM related stuff.

    Can also have Safari and Chrome open at the same time to check compatibilities.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlphaRosa
    way too many! most of the time between 5-10 tabs in Chrome....
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  • Profile picture of the author vivi62
    I try not to have more than 10 as it can slow down my computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author BridgetSielicki
    I have 10 open right now, but I definitely get to the point where I have so many I can't find anything. Definitely need to work on that
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  • Profile picture of the author CoolCaesar
    Sometimes 30 Tabs through multiple browsers .. but most of the times only 2-3
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  • Profile picture of the author ezmystic
    I have about 15 open at a time, but ignore alot whilst doing a job in hand
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Tyler
    The most I've ever had if i remember correclty must be something like 48 tabs. No kidding, remember working on a pain in the ass .NET app.

    But on average I have around 10-15 tabs and right now I have 11 tabs open.

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Up to 20 at times if I am working on a couple of things at once but I try to shut things down if I get too many open. Sometimes I bookmark pages so I can go back later.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Originally Posted by damasgate View Post

    With IM it's really easy to get distracted and not to take action even when you've bought a plethora of WSOs and You have the system all figured out (WSO junkie here)

    So just out of interest, how many tabs do you think you have open in your browser on average and do you think it's seriously hindering you from taking action?
    On average 789. I am not even kidding. I need 30mins every day just to close all my browser windows
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  • Profile picture of the author OO
    Up to 30 sometimes more but then my browser crashes and I lose everything!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by damasgate View Post

    So just out of interest, how many tabs do you think you have open in your browser on average
    Usually 8 in IE, 12 in Chrome. Sometimes a few more depending on what I'm doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I used to have a dozen or more browser windows open but Firefox would crash often. So I started using tabs to see if that would help. I now only have four or five browsers open with an average of five or six tabs in each browser.

    Do I get side tracked? No, not really. I live in a world of confusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Wow, I find this really surprising that people have so many. I usually only have 3 or 4, occasionally more, but not often. I find if I have too many open I'm just all over the place and can't focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author feliciayapsl
    More than 5 usually.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Titan
    Multiple browsers and multiple tabs on two different computer screens.

    Sometimes 1-2, sometimes 15-20 tabs. It varies, depending on what I am doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author kret0s
    On average 10-20...

    at that point I open another window - usually having another 10 there at the end of the day...

    I have a very bad habit of opening interesting links in new tabs and telling myself I will read them later.... At the end of the day, I don't have time to go through 30 tabs... and end up bookmarking them all...
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    This is a great questions as it shows where we can make changes in the way we browse online. It is clear that we are all distracted and maybe the cause of that can be too many tabs open. Now I can see if you had to do two task one separate sites that would complete one task, but that would take maybe 2-3 tabs at best. I think it we all should see what it is really being noted here, we should monitor how many things we're doing at one time. Right now I got 3 open, here, music, and 202. We should all try to limit our tabs to like 5 or less, it speeds up your pc and work flow with less distractions. Just my thoughts

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  • Profile picture of the author CopywritingKing
    3 or 4 usually at once; I really don't like it too crowded up there, if you know what I mean.
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  • Profile picture of the author BudgetSEO
    anything between 1-8
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  • Profile picture of the author Cfomodz
    56 right now.. Normally 30 - 50... My max ever was 763 tabs. I use a custom build of Firefox of course as anything else would die a horrific death at the sight of more than 100 tabs...

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    • Profile picture of the author Jelle Kaldenbach
      Originally Posted by Cfomodz View Post

      56 right now.. Normally 30 - 50... My max ever was 763 tabs. I use a custom build of Firefox of course as anything else would die a horrific death at the sight of more than 100 tabs...

      Mygod! That's a lot :p... Imagine that one starts playing music and you can't find out which one it is (that's already a disaster when I've got like 15 tabs open).

      To stay on topic, I average about 10-15... I just rolled out of bed, so now I'm at 4 .

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    • Profile picture of the author Rabindra
      Originally Posted by Cfomodz View Post

      56 right now.. Normally 30 - 50... My max ever was 763 tabs. I use a custom build of Firefox of course as anything else would die a horrific death at the sight of more than 100 tabs...

      LOL! Only 763 Tabs? Superb!

      BTW, for me as many warriors already mentioned on their previous posts, it all depends on what you are actually working on. If I am doing a research for something then obviously it would be many and if I am working on a specific project then there would be a few. Having said, there will always be at 5 tabs open at any one time.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Profile picture of the author williamrose
    Too many. 8 open right now which is a pretty low number for me. Actually picking up another monitor as my screen is too crowded most of the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author caplan
    personally i don't like tabs that much so my average is about 3
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  • Profile picture of the author aramyus
    typically a dozen tabs opened and I have a dozen windows with various programs

    What I can see is that multi-windows is coming back. In the early 2000s, we were sold with the idea that people preferred a single window, maximized, with 'previous' and 'next' navigation only. What as nasty interface IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Augie Johnston
    it can get ugly sometimes...
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkMOZ
    I'd say around 4-5 most of the time. Sometimes I might have even multiple windows open and up to 15 on each depending on what I'm doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author imsirigiri
    Windows XP SP2 - 2 GB RAM - AMD X2 4000+ Processor

    Firefox Browser - 5 to 10 tabs max. More than that my system hangs and I have to wait a long time to get it back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nino
    Funny thread...

    Right now I have 20..over 20 tabs.. ) opened, all packed with information!
    Sometimes I say..let's close these tabs and then get to work but I have this habit of impose a work time. Suddenly you could hear me saying: That's it... let's do some actual work, and I open a notepad, plan my next steps and then do them.

    So to answer your question Yes! the number of tabs open equals with less productivity but for me...seeing 1 tab open is like seeing 1 sale in the last 30 days.
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