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

Gap between Sidewise and Chrome window on Windows 10

Balázs Takács fa 3 anys actualitzat fa 3 anys 1

There is a gap between the two windows, picture below. I can close the gap, it will always be the same. Could you fix it please?


Sidewise reopens deleted tabs

Stephen Almond fa 7 anys updated by Diego Abbasbayli fa 6 anys 2

When I open Chrome, Sidewise opens automatically, but it now brings up lots of previously closed tabs ( the closed tabs now shown in Hibernated mode).

This didn't use to happen - seemed to start in the past few days.

How can I stop this behaviour?


export to the interent to synchronize tabs multiple browsers

andry wolf fa 6 anys updated by Metacore fa 6 anys 1
Thank you! good extension!
Have exported to a file but do not export to the interent
to synchronize tabs multiple browsers on different computers.

I for myself have finalized and implemented an extension function to export all settings and tabs in, and import them back into the expansion of
If anyone is interested please contact us by e-mail: or share examples show modifying extension will be glad to cooperate with the developer


It would be nice to export/import the tabs in a window to a text based format.

Patrick Oliveras fa 5 anys updated by Pysis fa 4 anys 1
A kind of basic compatibility to allow for integration, automation and other user defined functionality.
It may even allow for faster and vaster feature testing!

In my opinion, you're making the best tab manager out there, mainly because of the problems you're focusing on.

Option to hide the close tab icon upon tab hover

onguarde fa 7 anys updated by Joel Thornton fa 7 anys 0

I frequenty click the close/hibernate icons accidentally when in fact, I only intend to select the tab.

This happens mainly because of the small width of my sidewise tree bar. I prefer this so as to reduce screen real estate.

It's nice if the hovering icons be made optional. Really useful also if you're already using shortcuts like "middle-click" to close tab. 


Sidebar width

máté sipos fa 7 anys updated by Josh Leperkawn fa 7 anys 2

Sidewise can't remember my width setting.


Saving tab trees to bookmarks

Muntoo Meddler fa 7 anys updated by Joel Thornton fa 7 anys 0

The problem

In the event of a Sidewise/browser malfunction, or accidental closing of a branch, the ability to save all tabs (including hibernated) to a folder in the bookmarks would be very useful.

Currently, I manually hibernate everything, and then individually wake trees that need to be saved. I then use the "FreshStart - Cross Browser Session Manager" extension to save these tabs. Unfortunately, it is a slow method when I have a large number of tabs in a tree.

A solution

Saving the bookmarks to a folder like FreshStart does would be useful. Each folder in Sidewise will correspond with a folder in the bookmarks.

This is just an idea (and a bad one): a 'metadata bookmark' could be saved as well to record the state/location of each tab in the branch, as well as its labels/highlights.

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P.S. You may want to take this into consideration before implementing "non-core features" -- even if I suggest some! ;)

Joel Thornton fa 7 anys

An ability to save both single tabs and branches of tabs to bookmarks is definitely planned and I consider it a core feature. The "metadata bookmark" idea is an interesting one; I'll have to give this some consideration. It would definitely be a hack, but it would sure be nice to have those Sidewise-specific states retained. Perhaps it will be a (default off) option that users can turn on if they want to make that trade-off.

Regarding the issue of feature bloat: I agree this is something to be studiously avoided; I can think of numerous examples of once-great lightweight apps that gradually become laden with features that are low-value cruft, and which end up detracting from the performance, usefulness, and clarity-of-vision of the earlier versions.

I have in mind a "core" feature set that will eventually result in a total of about 9 sidebar panes that will come "built in" with a Sidewise install, and I plan to have 4 or 5 of these *at most* turned on by default, along with an ability for the user to control which panes are visible (and their ordering) in the options page. I consider these "built in" panes to be a part of my original vision for Sidewise, together comprising a comprehensive set of sidebar-oriented tools that give great visibility and control over the user's browsing experience. All of these panes will be designed to work together in a holistic manner.

Any additional sidebar panes will likely be made available by installing extra "sidebar pane" extensions from the Chrome Web Store, which will also allow for other folks to create their own sidebar panes, or give existing extensions the ability to show up as a Sidewise pane.

I am taking a similar tack with the options page, with an overall goal of the default "non advanced" options page taking up about one screen-height at the most. Power users can then "reveal advanced options" if they really want to get customization-crazy.


Sidewise won't launch anymore

barracuda fa 4 anys 0
Sidewise won't launch anymore. The icon is still there but nothing would happen when you click it.

I've been using Sidewise for about 2 months and have accumulated more than a thousand hibernated tabs. Before this problem of Sidewise not launching occurred I'd noticed that some of tabs I opened were not appearing in Sidewise. But, when I restarted Chrome and reloaded the last session tabs, the tabs previously not appearing could now be seen in Sidewise.

But now when I click Sidewise icon nothing happens. I tried restarting Chrome and also restarting computer but it still won't work. I'd like to try reinstalling Sidewise but I'm afraid that I might lose my hibernated tabs.

Please advise on how can I make Sidewise work again or how to recover my hibernated tabs. Thanks in advance.

Use rather than localStorage

Sae Hirak fa 7 anys updated by nao fa 3 anys 8

As the title says, it might be better to use rather than localStorage. There's two reasons for this: is asynchronous, which supposedly makes it faster. But more importantly, localStorage is limited to either 2.5MB or 5MB of data. But if you use, you can use the "unlimitedStorage" permission.

Speaking from experience writing Chrome Extensions, is the best way I've found to persistently store user data. And if you're worried about it being async, it's easy to write a buffer so that the API remains synchronous, but behind the scenes it's still async. I can give more details if you like, including working code.


new version chrome (32.0.1700.76) trouble

yakuza fa 6 anys updated by IvanS fa 6 anys 1
I have new chrome (version 32.0.1700.76)  with sidewise (Version 2013.9.15.0). Behavior is unstable. Often sidewise is crashed and ask for close. Sometimes (very often) chrome is blinking. Restart chrome is not helps.