Switching to Polypane

Switching to a new browser for development takes effort. You're used to the way your current browser works and you use it for your regular browsing too. With the following tips and tools, switching to using Polypane becomes a little easier.

Browser extensions

The Polypane browser extensions for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Opera let you quickly open any tab or url in Polypane.

The browser extension adds a Polypane icon to your browser header. With it you can:

  • Click the Polypane icon to open the current page in Polypane.
  • Press alt + r to open the current page in Polypane.
  • Right-click any link and clik "Open in Polypane".

Polypane will auto-start if not open yet. Get the extensions from the Download page.

Browsersync

If you use Browsersync, you might have configured it to open your browser using the browser options. You can replace your current browser with "polypane", or add it to the list. To configure Browsersync to work nicely with Polypane, read the instructions at other tools.

Browser managers

For both Mac and Windows there are browser managers available. These will lets you send the URLs you open to any browser they support, either manually or by defining rules. You can configure this to always open localhost in Polypane, for example. The following two browser managers have excellent support for Polypane:

Browserosaurus (MacOS)

screenshot of Browserosaurus

Browserosaurus is an open source application developed by Will Stone. Use the settings to favorite Polypane and open it with "space", or add a single letter (like "P") to use to open links in Polypane.

Account surfer (Windows)

screenshot of Account surfer

Account surfer is available via the Microsoft Store and is developed by Marat Dospolov. Hotkeys are dependent on the position.

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