Let's say we are at an interesting website, and want to open multiple links. We could middle click or ctrl+click ten times to open ten tabs. Or, we could use one of the extensions below, to open multiple links at once, in Chrome or Firefox.
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Linkclump is the most popular extension to open multiple links in Chrome, as it is used by nearly 175,000 users and has almost 2,150 raving reviews.
After we install Linkclump, it will present us with an area to test its functionality. Using Linkclump is as simple as right-clicking and dragging to create a rectangle containing the links we want to open.
As soon as we let go of the right mouse button, all the selected links will open in new tabs.
Linkclump is smart in its selection. By default, it won't open duplicate links, and we can edit more of its parameters on the Options page, by editing the current action.
The default action uses the right click, opens the links in new tabs, and doesn't open duplicate links in the selection.
We can select more options, like opening links in a new window, or adding a delay in opening the links.
Or, we can leave the default action as is, and create new actions to have alternative methods of opening the links.
If we download Linkclump in Chrome for Linux or Mac OS X, the default action will use left-click+shift to select the links.
If we want to select the right mouse button, it is mandatory to select a key too. It's a security measure by Chrome for these operating systems.
Make sure to read the short FAQ on the options page, in case you have any trouble with Linkclump.
Finally, we can blacklist certain websites, where we don't want the Linkclump functionality.
There is some strange history going on with Firefox's add-ons that open multiple links.
Two popular add-ons were Snap Links and Multilink. Both of them are gone, though. Snap Links has been discontinued, and Multilink has been disabled by an administrator, for reasons unknown.
What we can get instead is Snap Links Plus, a continuation of Snap Links by two other developers.
Snap Links Plus works in the same way Linkclump works for Chrome. We right-click and drag to create a rectangle. Any links contained in this box will open in new tabs as soon as we release the right mouse button.
It is also smart enough to avoid opening duplicate links, selecting only one of them. And, on Linux or Mac, it will work directly with the right-click, no need for a mandatory key like in Chrome.
On the Snap Links Plus options, we can change the default mouse button, and combine it with Shift, Control, or Alt.
We can also select different actions, including "Download Links", which is currently missing from Linkclump.
Finally, on the Advanced tab, we can select the delay between actions in milliseconds (1000 milliseconds = 1 second), specify the different types of options to click, and select how the links are copied to the clipboard if we chose that option.
Don't forget to monitor your RAM
Opening a bunch of links all at once can make our browser's ram consumption skyrocket.
So, if you only have 2GB of RAM, avoid selecting 20 or 30 links at once. Best case scenario, they take 5 minutes to open, if the browser doesn't crash first. Worse case scenario, the whole system locks up.
There isn't a hard number of maximum tabs for every amount of RAM. Ten links selected should work on most systems. But you can always experiment on your PC, especially if you have a large amount of RAM and a multi-core processor.
If you are using some other extension or add-on to open multiple links in Chrome, Firefox, or another browser, leave us a comment.
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