If you’re one of those type who keep on surfing websites all the time and even in office then you may have felt the need to close all the open tabs at once. We don’t like someone peeking around at our private stuff and that’s why when someone comes closer, sometimes we close all the tabs. After closing all open tabs, we can go to the “History” and open those tabs again or press Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen previously closed tabs.
What if you’re browsing Facebook in the office, even though this is not allowed and boss just comes at that moment. There’s no need to panic as here’s an easy solution to this problem. Panic Button is an extension for Google Chrome users which hides all open tabs at once with one single button and restore them later.
Yes, it doesn’t only helps you close all tabs, but remembers and opens all those tabs again with a single button.
Hide All Open Tabs with a Single Click
After installing this extension, you’ll be able to see a new icon in the toolbar. This is the “Panic button”. Left click on this button to hide all open tabs.
This will hide all open tabs and instead, it will display a single blank tab. To recover/re-open all those tabs, click on this button again. Thus, we can say that a single click is required to close all open tabs and when you think its safe to start surfing those sites again, click on the same button. The default keyboard shortcut to hide all open tabs is F4.
This extension saves all those open tabs to Bookmarks > Other bookmarks > temporary panic path. As soon as you click on the panic button again to restore those sites, bookmarks will automatically be removed.
When the panic mode is active, you can see that the button has changed its color to green and it also shows number of saved tabs. This green button will be changed to red, as soon as you click on this button again.
You must be thinking that if anyone can restore all those tabs with a single click then what’s the point in using this extension? That’s where the options of this extensions can come to the rescue. Right click this button and click on “options” from the menu.
From here, you can set a password to protect tabs from being restored. It’s a good idea to set a password, to add more security to browsing session. If there is no password set, then anyone can restore all those tabs with a single click. But if there is a password, then you’ll need to enter the password to restore that tab.
The default keyboard shortcut key can be changed to another combination. The safe page can also be changed from blank tab to another custom page, blank page or new tab page. Safe page is a page that appears after clicking the panic button. You can set a custom page, for e.g. company’s website or any other webpage that you think is safe to browse all time. And lastly we can see that there is an option to hide panic button after activation.
Check out the PanicButton extension from Chrome web store.