This is the official user feedback forum for Sidewise, the Google Chrome extension that brings a dockable sidebar and Tree Style Tabs to Chrome.

Lost all hibernated tabs and folders. Exported backup data not restoring any of them.

G. Strout 6 years ago updated by god 4 months ago 24

First of all, I love your plugin! It has literally changed the way I work! I now normally operate with 1000+ tabs hibernated and organized into folders so I can immediately jump right back in to a project where I left off (I am managing a lot of projects) without needing to keep any of those tabs active until then. Which causes the problem: About a week ago I lost all my hibernated tabs and folders on what I guess was a 'faulty' shutdown. 

That was a LOT of work to lose. I was bummed. Thankfully I had made some exported data backups just to be safe. But now whenever I try to restore from any of the exported backups, it seems to restore back to the most recent 'Last Session' which only has about 20-30 tabs open. 


I was thinking that maybe my use-case was not typical so I might be hitting otherwise unseen problems but it seemed like it might be worth tackling. I was wondering whether you could maybe use Chrome's own native Bookmark system to provide the Sidewise hibernated tab backups. It would seem that this would likely already have the 'Save Data on Close' issue resolved and it might provide the added benefit of syncing the tab's between different machines. 

Joel Thornton 6 years ago

Sorry this happened to you. I'm still trying to figure out why this (rarely) happens, and have a couple solutions in the works which are likely to fix this (and improve performance besides). Thanks for the report; I'll update you when I have something more definitive.

Searching answer

Background color

ZimFreak137 6 years ago updated by Serge Kosyrev 2 years ago 4

I love the extension but I use a huge monitor and that big white panel can be a bit distracting among darker windows. I noticed you recognized this about 8 months ago but I was wondering if you've made any progress. Is there anything I can do myself to permanently make the background dark grey and the text white?


Joel Thornton 6 years ago

I'm putting a "custom CSS" option near the top of my todo list, which will allow people with some level of CSS expertise to modify Sidewise's appearance by entering custom CSS on the options page. I'll also include a few examples for the most common needs, i.e. changing the background and foreground-text colors.

This will be a lot faster to get in than a proper theming system, which is still planned but not for the near term.


New Tab Bug

Tomasz Ja 7 years ago updated by Joel Thornton 6 years ago 25

Hi,I'm having some issues with your extension. Sometimes a new tab stays as "New Tab" in the Sidewise window even if i've browsed somewhere in it. This seems to happen only with some websites. What i'm doing:

1. Open new tab

2. Type in url

3. Press enter

4. Site loads, but the Sidewise entry stays as "New Tab" and gets stuck as it. Clicking on it in the Sidewise doesn't focus the tab in the browser window.

Joel Thornton 7 years ago

I've released a fix for this in version 2013.4.18.0. If you want it right away, go to your Extensions page, check "Developer mode" then click "Update extensions now".

Apologies for the delay.


Lost all hibernated tabs and folders on reboot again

Azur Direct 5 years ago 0
This is the third time my hibernated tabs and all my folders disappeared from Sidewise when restarting Chrome. What a mess!

Please make dark theme for you very nice plugin.

Алексей Зинченко 3 years ago updated by Serge Kosyrev 2 years ago 1

Please make dark theme for you very nice plugin.


First of all thank you so much for this awesome plug in!

Daniel Macias 7 years ago updated by Joel Thornton 7 years ago 1

First of all thank you so much for this awesome plug in!!!! However, if you could please add different COLORS to highlight the tabs that would be awesome!!! Please add at least green, red, and blue!!!

Joel Thornton 7 years ago

Marking as PLANNED. Currently thinking this would work well as a series of small colored boxes that appear next to the "Highlight" context menu item, plus options to let you customize which colors appear in those boxes from the options page.


Currently open tabs list

Muntoo Meddler 7 years ago updated by Joel Thornton 7 years ago 4

Alongside the Reddit and Notepad tabs (which, by the way, the user should be able to disable), there should be a tab for displaying the currently loaded tabs in the tab bar without a tree-like structure. In this way, we can browse through the tab list quickly and select which tabs to hibernate/keep.



nothinggiven 1 year ago 0

header covers it