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Sync Chrome's tabs via FreshStart

The name's a bit hard to figure out, but FreshStart delivers to Google Chrome the long-overdue child of tabbed browsing and browsing sessions: tab synchronization. Fast and functional, FreshStart takes a little bit of effort to set up, but the workflow is simple enough that most users should be able to pick it up after one try.

When the extension is installed, it tries to open a welcome page, but that failed for us on both test computers. Close it out and go to your Tools menu, and enable bookmark sync. This will require a Google account, and if bookmark sync isn't active, you can toggle it under the Personal Stuff tab in Options.
From there, click the FreshStart button that now appears on your Chrome toolbar and you can toggle which tabs you want to sync. This is especially interesting because you can create multiple saved tab sessions that contain different tabs. You can also customize the name of your session, rename it later, or remove a saved session. It would be nice, though, if you could set a default naming convention the way that Session Manager does for Firefox.
Once FreshStart has been installed on a second computer's Google Chrome, you can restore a saved session either by merging it with the existing open tabs, or opening it into a new window. In Chrome's global extension options menu, you can also enable a crash recovery that saves your tabs every five minutes. FreshStart's name doesn't really seem to relate to its function, but its features work well and make this a great extension for users with multiple computers.


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