Jul 042012
 

Grab Y’all Links is a Chrome extension that makes it easy to copy all URLs (website addresses) of open tabs in Google Chrome – and has other great features too.

[It is similar to the ‘Copy URLs Expert’ add-on for Firefox that I reviewed earlier but not as slick].

URLs are displayed in a list (with the webpage titles) so you can copy them to the clipboard and paste them into an email or text document etc.

Grab Y’all Links can also import multiple URLs back into Chrome e.g. automatically open 10 new tabs from a list of 10 URLs that you copied and saved earlier (or that someone else sent to you). An extra feature is the ability to convert all open tabs into individual PDF files that will be downloaded into Chrome’s default download folder.

Grab Y’all Links provides several options for handling tabs:

1. Copy URLs of all tabs in the current Chrome window.
2. Convert all tabs to PDFs.
3. Paste and Open (i.e. import) list of URLs.

It is available from Chrome Web Store here.

Once installed you can access the three Grab Y’all Links functions from the extension’s icon as shown below:

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1. Get A List Of Tab URLs

This option produces a list of all open tab URLs (and their titles) – copy them to the clipboard so you can paste them into an email or document etc.

To copy them to the clipboard, follow the instructions given, as shown below:

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CTRL+A is a hotkey to select everything in the list and CTRL+C is a hotkey to copy that selection to the clipboard.

Tip: if you prefer, you can use the mouse to select (highlight) the list of URLs and then copy them by right clicking and select Copy.

2. Convert All Tabs To PDFs

One PDF file is produced per open tab and the PDFs are saved to Chrome’s download folder.

It uses the free online web2pdfconvert service – the service states that it does not permanently store copies of the PDF files it produces.

However, for best security and privacy, do not use such an online service to convert confidential or secure tabs to PDF in this way.

3. Paste and Open List of URLs

This option restores a browsing session based on a list of URLs that you have previously saved to the clipboard.

Paste a list of URLs into the input box then click ‘Open List’ – it will then open each of these URLs in a new tab in the current Chrome window.

CTRL+V is a hotkey to paste – or you can right click in the input box and select ‘Paste’.

The extension can extract the http/https lines from any list – so the list can include the web page title or any other information.

Tip For Chrome Users Who Use Firefox Too

If you use Chrome and Firefox, you could install a very similar Firefox add-on (see our article here) to import the copied URLs directly into Firefox. This will automatically open the same tabs there – useful if you want to compare how each browser performs.

Likewise, you could use the Firefox add-on to copy URLs from Firefox and import them into Chrome with the ‘Paste and Open List of URLs’ feature of this Chrome extension.

Conclusion

Grab Y’all Links may be a folksy name but it is invaluable if you regularly need to copy lots of URLs from Chrome tabs – it is so much quicker than selecting each URL and copy/pasting it manually.

It has bonus features of opening (importing) tabs from a list of saved URLs and also converting tabs into PDF files.

If you often work with dozens of open tabs in Chrome, it can also be a good idea to copy (and paste) those open URLs for backup purposes e.g. before upgrading or in case you close Chrome by accident.

  One Response to “How To Copy Or Open Multiple Tab URLs In Chrome”

  1. I was searching for something like this, here I found the info I need. Thank you!

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