Opening multiple tabs in Chrome – no extension needed

I love it when we can collaborate with others in the division. I shared my browser workaround with a few folks and someone sent me the link to the LifeHacker.com article that walks through the following steps.

Many of us have Google Chrome pinned to our task bar. Right-click on that pinned Google Chrome icon, right-click on Google Chrome, and choose Properties

Google Chrome: Properties

Click in the Target: field and use the End button on your keyboard to get to the end of the field.

Google Chrome: Target

In the address area for “Target:” you will need to add the following command to the end of the target path (–pinned-tab-count=x) making certain to leave a single space in between the final quote mark and the “pinned tab count command”. Enter the number of permanent pinned tabs that you would like to have in place of the “x”… in my example below, it shows the number of tabs as 3.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –pinned-tab-count=3

The second part of this process is to add the URL for each of the websites you want to have open in your (in this case, 3) tabs. Be sure to have a single space between each URL and the pinned tab count command as shown below.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –pinned-tab-count=3 http://www.facebook.com https://calendar.google.com/ http://www.gmail.com

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Opening multiple tabs in Internet Explorer in 3 clicks

If you work at a company where the IT staff has locked down the capability to modify your Startup feature in Internet Explorer, here’s a workaround to your ability to open your favorite sites in a couple of click.

Setting it up

First, if you don’t have the menu bar showing on your IE, right-click at the top of the browser window and choose menu bar.

Open the websites that you normally launched on Startup, then from the Favorites menu, choose Add current tabs to favorites

Internet Explorer Favorites: Add Current Tabs

Give your folder a name

Internet Explorer Favorites: Name Folder

Opening multiple tabs in Internet Explorer in 3 clicks

Next time you load Internet Explorer, click on the Star icon located between the Home and Gear icons at the top right of the browser.

Internet Explorer Favorites Icon

Right-click on the name of the folder, then select Open in tab group

Internet Explorer Favorites: Open in Tab Group

Opening multiple tabs in Chrome in one click

If you work at a company where the IT staff has locked down the capability to modify your Startup feature in Chrome, here’s a workaround to your ability to open your favorite sites in one click.

One of my favorite time saving devices that I have used is setting the home page on my browsers to open certain pages. In talking with some folks in the division, they use this feature also. When the decision was made to override our home page settings, I looked to other solutions for maintaining my ability to open multiple tabs without the need for the home page settings.

In Chrome, you can install this extension, and then add your favorite links to the tabs.

When you first load it, it will show you the options screen where you can add your descriptions and the URLs

Chrome Multi Tab Extension: Add Page

Add your favorite sites (you may need to browse your history if you don’t have those links saved anywhere), so that you end up with a list similar this one.

Chrome Multi Tab Extension: Sites Added

Clicking on the app icon will launch the tabs you have saved.

To make changes to your tabs, right-click on the app icon and choose Options.

Chrome Multi Tab Extension: Options

You can drag and drop the order of your tabs as well which is helpful.

The only thing you cannot do is edit an existing tab, so you would need to select it, delete it, and add a new one.

Overall, this is a nice, single-click workaround to the limitations of locking down the home page options.

Featured on Twitter!

Yesterday was a cool day! I woke up to find that I had been “mentioned” on Twitter with one of my blog posts: Organize your OneNote: Using Pages and Sub Pages. Thank you so much to OneNote Central for posting my blog on your Twitter feed.

I have only recently been tweeting my blog posts on Twitter, and so it’s nice to know that those efforts are paying off. I got close to 100 visits just from that one post, so that’s pretty neat.

Organizing your OneNote: Pages, Sections, Section Groups, Notebooks?

One question that comes up fairly frequently is How do I organize my information in OneNote?

That question then invariably generates a bunch of different options:

  • Using pages
  • Using pages and subpages
  • Using sections
  • Using section groups and sections
  • Using different notebooks

Of course, just like the methodology for using planners is a very personal choice, so is the use of OneNote. My way may not work for you, and your way may not work for me.

Over the course of this month I will share with you how I organize information in my OneNote notebooks, using a variety of different methods. Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to organize your electronic binder.

Use Case: Collaborating in the Cloud

Collaboration is everywhere, and Cloud Services are proving to be a wonderful collaboration tool. Take this weekend for example. I was helping a husband and wife team with some marketing for their business. They had cards with their customer contact information, they had some printed articles written by a colleague, and copies of old brochures that they wanted to refresh with a new look.

While one of them entered the contact list into a cloud spreadsheet, the other used the text-to-voice feature on a smart phone to dictate the articles and brochure content into a word processing document that was located in the cloud. After dictating the content from the phone, he edited the content directly in the online document on his computer. While they were doing the data entry and copy creation, I worked on making the brochures, using the content that had been edited in these documents.

We were working on three separate machines, all in the same room. My team’s knowledge of computers was fairly basic, and thus the cloud experience offered a very calm space where we could all see the work at the same time and talk through the work, without the need to talk through the steps of transmitting the work or walking around the desk to view someone’s monitor. I was able to access the content without the pesky need to email or upload files, and it was almost pure heaven.

When a field was missing in the contact list, I was able to add it to the spreadsheet in my browser, and when it showed up on her end, she could enter the necessary information. When he needed bullets in his content, I could just give him bullets without needing to talk him through how to create them, or walk over to his machine to add them.

Before working in the cloud, we would have needed a local server, USB sticks, or sent copious emails to each other, wasting a lot of time, a lot of bandwidth, but most of all, causing a lot of confusion. Work would have stopped every time another person needed to review the files because having more than one person in the same file was almost impossible.

Another benefit of working in the cloud is that the content is saved every few seconds. That meant that if someone accidentally closed a browser, the work just waited for them to return whenever they were ready. There was no panic of having forgotten to save the document. Remember those days of panic? Yea, me too.

This was their first experience truly working in the cloud and I think they were impressed. From my standpoint, I enjoyed not having to take over someone’s machine to fix issues here and there. Whenever I have to do that, I feel like I am in someone’s space, invading their computer. And while I am always happy to teach anyone what they need, sometimes all that learning can be overwhelming and take away from the creativity needed to develop content. Being able to resolve things from my own machine while leaving them in their space and their own thoughts was an added benefit of working in this collaborative environment.

How not to roll out SharePoint

We are in what is probably the third roll out or adoption push for SharePoint Online and Office 365. A few reasons for this have to do with how all this was rolled out to start with, and it may serve as a lesson to you if you’re thinking of planning your own adoption.

First, there was no real plan. There was a desire to build an intranet, but no real idea of how it would work and how we would end up collaborating. Going from email as your only collaboration tool to SharePoint and OneDrive is quite the leap, and our division is still getting used to the idea.

Second, I believe we are on a backwards implementation track. We should have implemented Exchange Online first since a lot of Office 365 and SharePoint Online features need the integration of Exchange Online in order to take full advantage. Instead, Exchange Online is the last piece of the puzzle that we’re implementing.

Third, we have little buy-in from leadership. While the initial push came from the Vice President, after getting the project going, there has been little interest to bring that around to actually encouraging top-down adoption.

To recap our experience, we essentially went from a horrible roll out with a foreign login process with only private team sites and lots of access error messages, to creating somewhat public sites along the private team sites so if you click on something you at least get *somewhere*.

From there we simplified the login process (future posts to provide painstaking detail on consequences so you’ll know why you want to fix this up front) and started teaching everyone the tricks for connecting their lists and libraries to Microsoft Outlook. Of course that doesn’t help the Mac users, but the PC users love it. In the next few posts I will walk through how to set alerts and how to connect your SharePoint calendar, discussion lists, and announcement lists to your Microsoft Outlook application.