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Tame browser tabs with Toby

Jeremy Milliner

Toby sort tabs
Organize your tabs in a quick, logical, accessible way.

If you’re like most of us, there’s a lot going on in your browser at once. You’ve got an article you’re reading (hi!), email in another tab, Facebook one tab after that, a half-watched video in the next tab, a chat in the next, music playing from somewhere else, and suddenly an unannounced ad trumpeting over all of it. Before you know it your browsing session is a chaotic disarray of pinned tabs, busy extensions, and a list of unrecognizable bookmarks that scrolls on and on. If you’re drowning in the mess, Toby is the life preserver that can help you stay afloat.

Tame your tabs!

What is Toby?

Toby is a browser extension compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera (provided you use this extender) that helps you organize tabs and save you time. According to a recent survey of Toby users, the service can save you up to eight hours a week.

How could it possibly save that much time?

Once you install Toby, the extension is present on any new tab you open, be it YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, a new search on Google. To use it all you have to do is create a ‘collection’ and drag your choice of open tabs right into it.

The simple mechanic was designed to help you keep track of relevant information throughout the day, and does so by storing tabs locally on your computer. That’s its main draw, but there’s other neat stuff the extension can offer too, like syncing files or sharing. Sometimes Toby can even restore services on deleted collections or tabs.

Toby Tabby mascot
We feel this is a good time to introduce you to ‘Tabby,’ the official mascot of Toby.

The dev team explains how it saves you time like this: “If you think about the time it takes you to find a document or the file your coworker sent you 2 months ago, you can see how it can quickly add up. Toby is an entirely new way for modern teams to access resources and share knowledge seamlessly. It will save you a significant amount of time and money and even better allow you to do more important work.”

Toby create account
If your browser has this many tabs, Toby is going to make your life so much easier.

Isn’t that what folders are for?

By default, your browser already lets you make folders, sub-folders, and bookmarks at any time, so what is it that Toby does better? While folders can be a way to organize long-term, people seldom make them per browsing session; it’s usually not worth it.

Toby is much more spur-of-the-moment; an improvisational method for keeping your current objective in sight, and any additional stimulus is put somewhere separate. “Bookmarks are for books, not browsers,” says Toby. “Organize your browser tabs into Toby so you can access key resources in one click instead of seven.”

Toby make tabs work for you

How much is it?

Toby is free. You can download it right here by creating an account. There’s no trial period, no fuss; Toby can be used for your PC at work or at home, and will help you stay organized until you decide to remove it.

There is a public beta version of Toby that’s available for teams and businesses, as well as an Enterprise better suited for large organizations “that want to power their teams with multiple Toby workspaces.”

Toby plans and pricing
Toby can be used personally, on a team, or as a business

Getting an account is recommended, but you don’t even have to do that. It just means that your information will be stored locally instead of on a shareable cloud that can be accessed on a different computer. So give it a whirl and let us know in the comments below whether Toby has saved you time and helped you stay organized!

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