Can you have too many tabs open on your computer and if so how many is too much?

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  1. Pamela N Red profile image83
    Pamela N Redposted 12 years ago

    Can you have too many tabs open on your computer and if so how many is too much?

    I usually end up with quite a few open at a time while writing due to marketing on social networking sites (that's my story and I'm sticking with it), email and of course HubPages.

    Most of the time I don't notice it being slow unless sending an email with extensions but have had people mention, "Wow, you sure have a lot of tabs open," like they noticed I have a boil on my neck or something.

    Just wondered if it's a bad thing and if so what can happen?

  2. dannyhodge profile image73
    dannyhodgeposted 12 years ago

    They are wrong - its a much better way of using your browser (in terms of speed and convenience) than opening a load of windows.

    The reason it can be a bad thing is because your computer can only do a certain amount of things at once, and the more it does, the slower everything else runs. But if you are just browsing (hubpages/email/social networks), you have no reason to want your computer to run that quickly.

    So no, its not a bad thing, and nothing perminant can happen - the only issue really is if you have Msn, Skype, and your browser with 10 tabs open, while you are also playing music. Thats when things may start crashing/running very slowly, unless you have quite a good computer smile

    Hope i helped smile

  3. TrevorGreenfield profile image48
    TrevorGreenfieldposted 12 years ago

    No it's not a bad thing generally speaking. The issue sometimes arises, with Firefox in my case) when you want your browser to remember those tabs and to restore them again when you next open up your browser.

    Firefox has a habit of forgetting them at the least convenient moment, ususlly when they install an update.

    There are plugins that you can install to manage your tabs and bookmarks but none of them are perfect either in my experience.

    The other thing is that having lots of tabs open will eventually slow your computer down.

  4. arksys profile image85
    arksysposted 12 years ago

    too many things open at the same time basically means your pc will not function at optimum speed ... nothing dramatic will happen to your pc apart from it slowing down a little ... if that's the way you're comfortable then carry on.

  5. inevitablesecrets profile image60
    inevitablesecretsposted 12 years ago

    I'd say it's a matter of personal prefrence and the capability of the computer you are useing.  As long as it's not hurting anyone and it works for you don't worry about what people say.

  6. maggs224 profile image80
    maggs224posted 12 years ago

    I have just counted my tabs and I have 14 open as I write but I have just had a tidy up and closed some down lol…. My husband and son both say they don’t know how I work with so many tabs on the go at the same time.

    I personally find it easy to move around using the tabs it is almost instantaneous. Like you I always have my yahoo account open so I can deal with my emails these take me to a variety of pages where people have left a comment on one of my hubs or on some of my content in RedGage and of course when people have answered my comment.

    I have Face book and umpteen other sites that I am a part of open to keep up to date with what is going on there and it would be tedious if I had to open a new window each time.

    My husband and son both tell me that it will slow down my computer having so many open at one time. But to be honest seeing as I am not downloading anything most of the time I don’t really notice it being slow (if indeed it is)  and beside that I don’t move that fast myself so it suits me fine.

  7. alzheimersfacts profile image61
    alzheimersfactsposted 12 years ago

    Your computer can lock up. It's more an issue of memory than anything else. I have had about 50 tabs open before in 2 browsers... so other than my own head exploding form confusion I dont think there is a limit other than the browser crashing* or computer crashing.

    *This is the most likely outcome.

  8. Tom T profile image60
    Tom Tposted 12 years ago

    The answer depends.  When you open tabs, there is data being stored by your browser in your memory.  Many tabs open means lots of data. Lots of data means lots of memory.  If your computer does not have a lot of excess memory, you could run into problems. Sames goes for the speed of your CPU.  If  your virus program uses lots of computing cycles scanning for viruses in your tabs, lots of tabs means lots of activity by your virus program. (If any of your tab is on a page that is regularly updated or has flash running, this could use up some memory). 

    This means the short answer is if you are having problems reduce the number of open tabs. (You can always use bookmarks.)

  9. Etherealenigma profile image68
    Etherealenigmaposted 12 years ago

    My son constantly complains about me leaving some 50 or more tabs open on my side/account in the laptop. He says it slows down the pc, but I'm always researching several things so it just happens; plus writing in various sites as well. So I don't know if my 50 or so tabs is the "most."

  10. cebutouristspot profile image78
    cebutouristspotposted 11 years ago

    Depends on what you open smile If you open a bunch of youtube clips (assuming that's your story, lol) then you will surely feel the burn. 

    Speed/performance will depends on how powerful your PC is CPU/RAM

    Just my two cent worth. 

    P.S. I usually have 2 browser open and have around 40 tabs open total.

  11. Violets3 profile image53
    Violets3posted 6 years ago

    Depends on how good your laptop is. My old laptop would start tripping after 28 tabs........but this new one can handle it just fine. I prefer staying between 10-15 range....just cuz it suits me. I don't like too many tabs, but usually need many open because I don't like finding those tabs again. (the ones used more stay open every time I open my browser).

    Late response...but....heh.


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