May 03, 2024

How many Tabs can you have open at once? Exploring the Tab limit

Written by Eleanor McKeown
How many Tabs can you have open at once? Exploring the Tab limit

How many Tabs can you have open at once? Exploring the Tab limit

May 3, 2024 11:17 AM
How many tabs can you have open in your web browser? Learn the maximum limit of tabs you can open at once in Google Chrome
In the digital age, managing multiple browser tabs has become a common challenge. This issue leaves many of us curious to know how many tabs we can have open at once.
The maximum number of tabs you can effectively handle depends on various factors, including your device, chosen web browser, and individual browsing habits.

The Tab Threshold: Finding the Balance

Research indicates that Chrome browser, the most frequently used browser on the web, can technically support a whopping 9,000 tabs open simultaneously [1]. However, this extreme number places a significant strain on your computer's CPU and memory, impacting overall performance. As you increase the number of open tabs, the demand on your system's resources, particularly RAM, escalates, potentially leading to browser freezes or crashes. While the theoretical limit may be 9,000 tabs in Chrome, many users experience a decline in performance with a smaller number of tabs open, especially when visiting websites with complex graphics that require more resources to render.

Additional Factors Affecting Tab Capacity

Beyond technical limitations related to your device, the maximum number of tabs you can effectively manage varies based on some additional factors, namely the effects of tab overload on mental well-being and productivity. Both elements play a role in determining the optimal number of tabs you can open simultaneously.

Striking a Balance: Mental Well-being and Productivity

The psychological impact of tab overload is a significant consideration, when it comes to how many tabs you can have open at once. Studies have shown that excessive tab clutter is a concern for 82% of web users and induces feelings of annoyance and stress [2], with research suggesting that stress is triggered by opening a median number of just 8 tabs [3].
The problem is further compounded by the fact that users frequently feel reluctant to close tabs, fearing they might miss important information or have difficulty re-finding the same sites. Some users also report ‘sunk cost’ feelings associated with open tabs and find themselves reluctant to close them for this reason [4]. This dilemma creates a catch-22 where both open tabs and the thought of closing them induce negative emotions.

Navigating Productivity Challenges

In addition to mental well-being, tab clutter can have adverse effects on productivity. Opening multiple tabs simultaneously often leads to increased multitasking, which reduces work efficiency by 40% [5]. The distractions caused by tab overload, coupled with difficulties in navigating information, further increase productivity challenges for users [6].

A New Approach: Rethinking Tab Management

Traditional methods of tab management, such as limiting the number of tabs, using tab management extensions or relying on bookmarks, have shown limited success in addressing the issue of tab overload. Research indicates that users struggle with the extra work involved in utilising extensions and the ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ nature of bookmarks [7], plus the mental effort required to limit tab opening. To combat these challenges, innovative approaches are needed. Horse Browser, offers one such solution, taking a fresh perspective on tab organisation and navigation, by replacing tabs with its own navigation method.

Introducing Horse Browser: Revolutionizing Tab Management

Horse Browser presents a novel solution to the problem of tab clutter by introducing its own navigation feature, named "Trails." This innovative system allows users to keep as many pages open as they like, without succumbing to the chaos of traditional tab-based browsing.

Trails: A Unified Approach

The Trails system in Horse Browser merges tabs, bookmarks, and browsing history into one streamlined vertical layout. When users click on a link, a new nested page opens on the Trail, simplifying navigation and organization.

Enhancing Context Switching

With Trails, users can seamlessly switch between pages and retrace their browsing path visually. This feature streamlines context switching, making it easier to understand the relationship between visited pages and maintain a clear browsing history.

Eliminating Tab Clutter

By replacing conventional tabs with the Trails system, Horse Browser effectively eliminates the challenges of tab clutter. Users no longer need to navigate through a cluttered interface, ensuring a more organized and efficient browsing experience. Ultimately, they can open as many pages as they like, without experiencing tab stress.

In Conclusion: How Many Tabs?

While your browser can technically open 9000 tabs, research shows that stress is triggered by opening a median number of just 8 tabs at once. This disparity means that users aren’t fulfilling their browser’s potential, without incurring considerable mental stress and loss in productivity.
So, in conclusion, the optimal number of tabs is found by striking the right balance between device performance, mental well-being, and productivity. There are some positive steps you can take to increase the number, through tab management and improving device performance. Most powerful of all is to leverage innovative tools like Horse Browser's Trails, which allow you to increase the number of pages you can comfortably leave open, while retaining productivity and eliminating digital clutter.
If you feel inspired to learn more about Horse Browser and try it for yourself, visit here.
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[2, 4, 6, 7] Ma, R., Lassila, H., Leysan Nurgalieva and Janne Lindqvist (2023). When Browsing Gets Cluttered: Exploring and Modeling Interactions of Browsing Clutter, Browsing Habits, and Coping. CHI ’23: Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Available at:
[3] Chang, J.C., Hahn, N., Kim, Y., Coupland, J., Breneisen, B., Kim, H.S., Hwong, J. and Kittur, A. (2021). When the Tab Comes Due: Challenges in the Cost Structure of Browser Tab Usage. Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Available at:
[5] ABLE blog: thoughts, learnings and experiences. (2022). Switch cost effect: How task switching impacts productivity. [online] Available at: [Accessed 1 May 2024].
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