Weekend Open Forum: How many browser tabs are open right now?

By on May 4, 2012, 7:00 PM

Browsing the web on a typical day I tend to amass a ridiculous amount of open tabs, whether related to something I'm working on or stuff that caught my eye and I want to check in a while -- but don't necessarily want to bookmark or save to Instapaper. Right now I have a modest 12 open, but it gets much worse on occasions, especially since I don't use any kind of tab manager and rarely open things in a new window.

How about you: How many tabs do you keep open on average and how many are open right now? Feel free to share any add-ons or tips you have to manage browser tabs.

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m4a4 m4a4 said:

6......... on a good day

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

5, just closed one.

Guest said:


Firefox also launches 3 whenever I run it.

Google, Wall Street Journal, and Scottrade

I sometimes have dozens of tabs in different windows open on two or three monitors while daytrading, or researching.

ikesmasher said:

2, but i only opened the web 20 seconds ago

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I usually open up multiple tabs for comparison shopping, different mail accounts, different forums etc. I've got about 70 open ATM. But, that's just on my "fun computer".....which is dedicated to the appreciation of "art photography". (BTW 70 is a way low number for this machine).

I either weed out tabs, (and windows), from time, or wait til FF hits about 800,000 + MB of memory usage, the "plug in container" process crashes, or the browser simply gives up in revulsion and disgust, and closes itself......:oops:

RzmmDX said:

3 groups.

25+49+8 = 82...

I need help.

Guest said:

14 open, right now. Several, that I use often, are just left open. I use Opera and use their Sessions to save different groups of tabs. Saves me a lot of time.

Guest said:

50+ everyday :)

occasionally 100+

Recycle said:

19, usually about double or triple that if I'm working on a project. More for multiple projects.

EEatGDL said:

Average <15, right now about 40 'cause I'm doing some research for my programing final project.

Guest said:

1 !!! I only had one tab open when I read that because Techspot is my homepage :P

TeamworkGuy2 said:

2 right now, normally 3 or 4

adonisfigueroa adonisfigueroa said:

Usually, 30+ when the workday is down 20+, now because finished my day 10 tabs

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

2-3 on average, if I'm researching something it can be as high as 10.

JessicaDeveloper JessicaDeveloper said:

Now 7 tabs, but frequently 18+

Guest said:

131 it seems, not many I guess I can do better at other times.

yRaz yRaz said:

I leave my computer on for days at a time and rarely close anything. Currently, 5 tabs. In a few days that could get close to 100.

Guest said:

right now 42 in opera stable and opera next64.

when opera next32 and firefox are openned too I get something around 60 to 80 openned tabs.

but 60 is the usual

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Just one of course since TS is my homepage

Guest said:

6 right now and thats probably a good average for me.

Email, News, Sport, Gaming, Social, Tech.

Obviously is can increase when following links from those 6.

Guest said:

Considering I just finished opening all of the articles in my Google Reader list after a one day Internet sabbatical...

Twenty-one (21) tabs.

mevans336 mevans336 said:



I close tabs when I'm done.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:


Guest said:

11 right now. hate it when I get too many and can't find the tabs I need.

Siavash Siavash said:

Usually about 5 tabs, but 1 tab right now ^^

Guest said:

Have always disabled tab browsing no matter what browser I use.

Guest said:

7, 8 now because techspot opened 1 more tab for the reply.

mailpup mailpup said:

Like I do most of the time, just one now. Occasionally, up to six or seven.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I try not to have more than 10, otherwise it's a mess for me. Right now I have 8.

treetops treetops said:

Iv got 4 open, I only open a new window on accident lol. Can't stand my dads IE setup of opening a new window when clicking on links. When I wake up I go to yahoo\techspot while I eat breakfast and open 10+ news articles, then make my way through them and the comments over the next few hours or leave them up for when I have time later. I do the same thing with eztv and tbh, though I rarely download anything from TBH but I do like to browse and see user reviews on movies. I kinda use eztv as a tv guide and I download some weekly shows I follow, I hate showing up for shows as they air, I love watching them on my own time. Every day I check eztv to see anything I missed\forgot about the day before. Currently I have 3 tehcake windows up, some videos load slowly so I simultaneously keep 2 up to download while I watch the third. When I am doing my online classes I run about 7 tabs.

treetops treetops said:

I can't stand having more then I can see at the top of my browser makes me feel cluttered.

slamscaper slamscaper said:

Tabs? I'm old fashioned, so I still use separate windows.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

13 at the moment, I try not to let it get TOO far out of hand...

And then I read some people have 75, 100, 125+ tabs and I can only shake my head and say "wow."

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Maximum of 6-7. I like to open links in new tabs but rapidly close it for irrelevance.

Scshadow said:

4 (left screen window) + 7 (right screen window) = 11 tabs currently. Not too unusual to see 20 tabs open but I usually only have around 5.

Leeky Leeky said:

3 right now, but I've just been gaming. During the course of the day I usually amass 50+ tabs across various open windows in Chrome. I wouldn't be surprised if I hit 100 sometimes.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

3 right now, but I've just been gaming. During the course of the day I usually amass 50+ tabs across various open windows in Chrome. I wouldn't be surprised if I hit 100 sometimes.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Usually 8-15 range in FF + 3-5 in IE9.

mosu said:

Between 8 and 20, with a max of 40.Call me lazy...

Guest said:

7 but I have more few seconds ago :P

hitech0101 said:

1, usually 2-3

Guest said:

14 tabs open here on my end. Most are pinned tabs that I keep up. Just faster and easier I guess.

Doctor John Doctor John said:

A mere 1 (sometimes as many as 3, after that I would get confused!)

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Ahh...busted! Only 1 right now, but usually have 4-8 going.

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