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Is there a way to save sessions in Chrome? I'm a longtime Firefox user, and am used to being able to save a session containing multiple tabs so I can go back to it at any time. I'm trying to switch over to Chrome, but without this ability it's not going to happen.

I know that I can set the prefs to open the last-opened tabs at startup, but that's not really the same as true session management.

I'm perfectly happy to install an extension to do this if one exists.

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A few options:

  1. Built-in functionality. Go to Options (Basics tab) and choose "reopen the pages that were open last".

  2. There are tons of extensions that allow you to do that

  3. I love the Panic Button addon. It's a bit different, but allows me to save my session when I want to:

    PanicButton makes it easier for you to hide all of your tabs at once just by clicking on a button. They are then saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. Afterwards, the PanicButton turns green and shows you how many tabs are currently hidden.

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Note: I just did a quick search and it appears that Session Buddy looks promising. chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/… –  Anonymous Jan 6 '11 at 15:36
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Thanks, Session Buddy looks like what I need; the built-in Chrome function only allows you to open the last-open tabs, not save tabs and reopen them at any time. –  EmmyS Jan 6 '11 at 16:12
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Session Buddy did the trick for me.

Manage Your Browser Sessions

  • View and save the state of all open browser tabs in the current or past browser sessions.
  • Quickly restore your tabs and resume your web surfing after a browser or system crash.
  • Edit the sessions you've saved and restore them into the desired set of windows at any time.
  • Create a session from a list of URLs and export sessions to text or CSV format.
  • Consolidate sessions and eliminate duplicate tabs with ease.
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Yes, while there are other session extensions, I swear by Session Buddy. –  Synetech Jun 30 '11 at 1:20
    
The Session Buddy link now seems to be broken, and searching the chrome web store for "session buddy" proved fruitless. –  Cory Aug 28 at 12:09
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The link works for me. Also try sessionbuddy.com –  EmmyS Sep 2 at 14:53
    
Thanks for drawing my attention back to that. My guess is that the link was just temporarily down. –  Cory Sep 15 at 14:19

You have an even better solution. Not exactly what you wished for but i thought you should know, There's a simple Lightweight extension called "Save & Email MyTabs" Which lets you just enter an email and you get an URL that opens back all your tabs. Great because u can save alot of tab "sessions" or email a friend with usefull information, links he asked, etc.

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TabCloud saves your tabs "onto the cloud" so you won't lose them even if your laptop is broken.

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I personally recommend Session Manager when people ask me this question.

You can save multiple sessions with labels, modify existing sessions, and create temporary sessions.

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If you want to save, open, and view sessions using only your keyboard:

Ferro, the keyboard interface to Chrome

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Hmmmm it looks like it's very interesting –  smonff Jul 28 at 20:19

I use this Chrome app and it is very useful: Simple bookmark.

You can save the current session or the URLs – whatever you like – and open the session you want with a single click.

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