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

Saving tab trees to bookmarks

Muntoo Meddler 6 years ago • updated by Joel Thornton 6 years ago 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 6 years ago

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.


"Close window" shortcut shouldn't close Sidewise window

Samuli Kärkkäinen 6 years ago • updated by Samuli Kärkkäinen 3 years ago 4

Sidewise does its best to act like it's not a separate window, which is good. With Firefox's Tree Style Tab, one of my common usage patterns was changing the tab using mouse wheel, and closing tabs using ^W. With Sidewise that instead closes the Sidewise window. It would be good if ^W in the Sidewise window instead closed the currently active tab.

Joel Thornton 6 years ago

Good idea. Fixed in next version. 


How do i disable last session feature?

Lee 5 years ago • updated by marcus shmidt 3 years ago 4

I don't need it because i use History in chrome if i want to restore last session. 

i can't understand even why the feature made in.. 

i found this session feature at other simillar ext. but ... why? Chrome's History feature is enough.

annoying so much. i everytime remove it. 

btw thanks to nice ext.

I'm going to donate some $ if few problems solved.


Closed tabs still visible in Sidewise

RevHardt 4 years ago • updated by Hawk 4 years ago 1
  • Tabs closed from the browser window (via mouse or keyboard) remain in the Sidewise window without fail. In addition, they are indistinguishable from open tabs, which causes mass confusion.
    They have to be manually closed in Sidewise too, and sometimes refuse to be removed (cannot reproduce on demand, but fairly common).
    Closing tabs from Sidewise works as expected. No other tab management extensions enabled.
  • Tabs remain in Sidewise between sessions (corresponding option is unchecked - not sure if it is because Chrome continues in background)
  • Open tabs jump around sometimes (not reproducible on demand), and often refuse to remain in position even after manual rearrangement. Happens irrespective of Sidewise smart focus logic option status.

Anyway to disable the top tabs if Sidewise is enabled?

Ben Galiagos 6 years ago 0

 Seems silly to have two tab locations in the browser.

Under review

Chrome scrollbar no longer at right hand side

onguarde 6 years ago • updated by Joel Thornton 6 years ago 4

The chrome window is no longer minimised when sidewise tree is docked.

I can no longer easily right the right scrollbar simply by flinging my mouse over to the rightmost side of the screen.

I use it frequently for panning so its a little annoying.

In windows, placing the chrome window slightly offscreen doesn't work. 

Windows 7 will automatically, move it back into the viewable area. I tried to search for a way to turn this off but it seems its not possible.

Anyone else finding this an issue?


Multiple sidebars for multi-monitor setup. AND styling/themes for sidewise

Abbas Khan 6 years ago • updated by Joel Thornton 6 years ago 1

Hey, I've been using tree-style-tabs on firefox for a long time, and finding something similar on chrome is really great. I was wondering about two things.: 

(A) is there a way to get a separate sidebar on each monitor? Right now i have two monitors, each have a chrome window but i have to keep going to the 1st monitor to select tabs on the second monitor. It'd be awesome to have each monitor have its own sidebar .

(B) styling for sidebar. A darker backgorund version would be nice as the white  background is too strong on the eyes (with my otherwise dark browser/windows).

Thank you

Joel Thornton 6 years ago

(A) This is tentatively planned but probably won't get completed for some time. 

(B) Styling support in general is planned, and I'm planning on at least a couple darker themes to come packaged with that: one that closely mimics Tree Style Tabs, and one that mimics this editor's lovely color scheme.


Disappearing Undocked Window

Jeremy Wallis 6 years ago • updated by Joel Thornton 6 years ago 9

Now that I've had a chance to play with Sidewise properly I've decided to use it undocked (I'm not widescreen), and I'm toggling the pop-up with the toolbar button. All that is good except whenever I select a tab from the pop-up, the pop-up disappears. If I'm browsing the tabs this is a pain - can you change the behaviour to keep the pop-up in front until the user chooses to dismiss it? That would be mighty useful and in any case is the same 'behaviour' as having the docked sidebar in place while using it. Wondering if this is actually a bug....?

Other problems that stem from this behaviour is that double clicking an tab on the list doesn't work as the pop-up is instantly dismissed on the first click, and mouse hover has the same effect - pop-up vanishes as you move the mouse over the first tab in the list.

Many Thanks - hope you can do something with that.

EDIT: I'm also finding that I have to click on the toolbar button twice before it appears - at least initially.

Joel Thornton 6 years ago

I've made a change for the next release which will do at least part of what you ask for here when the sidebar is undocked and you have the "keep sidebar visible" option checked: when you click rows in the sidebar, Sidewise will refocus the sidebar after the focus-switch takes place.

However, the main problem with this solution is that the sidebar popup is not truly an "always on top" window. Chrome provides no mechanism currently for extensions to make a window always-on-top. 

Thus when clicking on rows in the sidebar, with this solution in place, the popup temporarily disappears (because the main Chrome tab is focused and brought to the top) and then reappears (as the solution's code refocuses the sidebar). Also, if you then click on the actual page, the popup again disappears (goes behind). Which then requires clicking the Sidewise button twice to (close, reopen) the popup.

I am marking this as FIXING while in consideration of possible additional solutions:

- (Windows only) Make the Sidewise Helper AHK script (currently in development) set the Sidewise window to be always-on-top while Chrome is focused; this would be the best-functioning fix but only works on Windows and requires running my extra helper program

- Solve the two-click problem to reshow a hidden undocked sidebar: one possibility is to compare the dimensions of the Chrome window(s) and the sidebar to deduce whether the sidebar is partly or completely hidden onscreen, and if it is hidden, then clicking the Sidewise button should just raise the sidebar instead of closing it.


Sidewise forgetting tabs and resetting settings.

Tim John 4 years ago • updated 4 years ago 1
No idea why, but Sidewise has forgotten my hibernated tabs more than once over the past few weeks. I just launched Chrome to find that as well as losing my hibernated tabs, the settings have reset, and sidewise is docked as it would be on a fresh install. None of my other extensions have been reset. How has this happened? If I can't trust Sidewise to remember my (many) hibernated tabs I may as well remove it and save me some RAM...

Color settings

Matthias Henning 5 years ago • updated by Joel Thornton 5 years ago 0

This extension is awesome! However I'd love to see an option to change the background and font color.

I'm browsing sites like reddit a lot and with the Reddit Ehancement Suite I can change to a "night mode" which basically inverts the colors to black background and white font. 

Something like that would be awesome.