Why Use Sessions
This article will explain the ins and outs of achieving multilogin using Ghost’s primary core feature: Sessions.
Sessions are important for productivity because they save you “hard” time and they help you maintain focus.
What’s hard time? Well, when things go well it takes 15 seconds to log in and out of gmail, for example. With social media sites or your own web site, it takes even longer. Why? Because you have to log in then navigate to whatever you want to work on.
But that’s not the only cost. Logging in and out invites all of the mental struggles of task switching as well. During that 15-60 seconds of account switching, there are many things that can distract you. And of course, important things fall out of your short term memory during that time too.
So use Sessions and save them to Workspaces (more on that in another post). You’ll save yourself all kinds of time and frustration as you move through your work day.
There are two kinds of tabs in Ghost Browser:
- Global tabs
- Session tabs
Global tabs are gray and you see them when you first start the browser or open a new tab.
Session tabs are all of the other tabs and have their own color. They have an isolated cookie jar and local storage container so it’s like they are in a silo, separate from each other and from the Global tabs.
It is important that you know one other important difference between global and Session tabs. The gray Global tabs are global across all Workspaces. Global tabs share a cookie jar in every Workspace you use. Colored Session tabs, however, are isolated, not only from each other, but also from the same color Session in other Workspace.
So, if you want to be logged into your personal Gmail in every Workspace, log in in the gray tab. If you want to keep a session isolated, use the colors.
How to Use Sessions and Multilogin
You can open a new Session with a blank tab or duplicate a tab to get the new Session. There are two places to do this
Creating Sessions With a Right Click
- Right click any tab or click the plus icon
- Click “New Session”, “Duplicate Session” or “Duplicate into Session” to pick an existing Session you want to open a web page in.
- See the colored tab that you just made!
Duplicating from the right click context menus
You can complete the same operations from the sidebar.
This new Session you just made lets you do two things (among many) that our users love:
- Log into any web site with multiple accounts.
- Browse the web without trackers that might be active in other colored Sessions.
- This means you can have Facebook or Google open in the gray Global tabs and they can’t see what you do in the purple tabs, for example.
You can also right click any link to open it in the Session of your choice. Just right click the link and you’ll see the options.
Other Powerful Session Control Features
Since multilogin is a key component of Ghost, we’ve built a few extra features that let you work with Sessions in a more productive way.
First, you should know that you can have up to three browsing Sessions per Workspace in the free version or up to 15 per Workspace in the premium version. You can also use multiple Workspace to essentially have unlimited Sessions.
In addition, you can see Session info and perform actions on any Session by clicking the Ghost icon to the left of the URL bar in your browser.
- Just click the Ghost Menu to the left of the URL bar.
- Mouse over a Session
- See all of the options you have!
In the sidebar these options are available by right clicking the Session name.
This is what you can do with Session controls:
- Show tabs – displays a list of all tabs in that Session and select the one you want to go to. (Helps if you have a lot of tabs open).
- Rename Session – let’s you set a custom name for each Session (like an ‘identity’ or client name for example). By default names are “Session 1”, “Session 2”, etc.
- Refresh this Session – will refresh all tabs in a specific Session, leaving other tabs as they are.
- Clear Browsing Data – will let you remove cookies and local storage objects for one Session, leaving all other Sessions alone. (So you won’t get logged out of EVERYTHING when you clear cookies)
- Bookmark Session to a folder – Adds a folder with just those Session tabs.
- Extract Session to a new window – Focus on a single Session by pulling it out into it’s own window.
- Close Session – Closes all tabs in a particular Session.
Sessions are they key to multilogin and making you more productive with Ghost Browser. Knowing the basics about how to use them is the key to getting your work done faster so you can get on with the other things in life.
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