The 21 useful tips and tricks of the Google Chrome tab that you may not know


Tabs are the heart and soul of any browser. Imagine a browser that could open only one tab at a time. No one would want to go through that terrible experience. But having the ability to open multiple tabs also creates confusion and disorganization. So you should know how to organize tabs. In this post, we will tell you several tips to manage and organize tabs in Google Chrome.

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Since Chrome’s main job is done in a tab, knowing the tips and tricks related to tabs will dramatically improve your overall experience of using the Chrome browser.

Let’s see the useful tips and tricks of the Google Chrome tab for Windows.

1. Reopen the recently closed tab

Many times, we accidentally press the cross button (close) on a tab, closing it. Sure, you can check your Chrome history and open it from there, but that’s a long way to go. Chrome offers simpler ways to reopen recently closed tabs.

To do this, use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + T (Windows) or Command + Shift + T (Mac). If remembering shortcuts isn’t your cup of coffee, just right-click anywhere in a space in Chrome’s title bar. That is, next to the new tab icon (+). A menu will open. Click Reopen Closed Tab. That will open the recently closed tab. Find out how to restore tabs after rebooting.

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Professional advice: Use this shortcut repeatedly to open other previously closed tabs.

2. Rearrange tabs

You may know this. But for people who are not aware, when you open a tab, it does not mean that you are stuck in that position. You can change its position and keep it next to similar tabs. To do this, hover over the tab and hold down the left mouse button. Then drag it to the new position. As simple as that.

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Tip: You can rearrange multiple tabs using the multi-select tab trick below. In other words, select the tabs and then drag them.

3. Open the link in a new tab

To open a link in a new tab, we generally right-click on it and select the New tab option. Alternately, if your mouse has a middle button, click on it to open the link in a new tab in Chrome. You can also press Ctrl + left mouse key to open it in a new tab.

4. Open all links in a new tab

If you want to open all the links in Chrome in a new tab by default, you will have to resort to an extension like the Click tab. Check how to use the extension and other ways to open all links in a new tab in Chrome.

5. Open tab in a new window

It’s no secret that Chrome supports opening tabs in multiple windows. What if you want to open a current tab in a new window? Well, it’s child’s play to do that.

All you have to do is click on the tab in the title bar and drag it down. You will see a new window open with the existing tab.

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Pro tip: Find out how to open the current tab in incognito mode in Chrome.

6. Move tabs between Chrome windows

If you want to move a tab between two Chrome windows, open both windows and keep them next to each other. Then drag the tab from the existing window anywhere in the title bar of the preferred Chrome window.

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7. Look for open tabs

Sometimes we tend to have multiple tabs open, and it becomes difficult to find the one we need. Instead of opening each tab, you can type the website name or URL in the search box, and Chrome will display the site in the suggested URLs. Click Change to this tab to jump to that tab.

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8. Tabs

Pinning tabs is useful if certain tabs are always open on your Chrome or you need them frequently. When you pin a tab and close Chrome, the pinned tabs will be there when you reopen Chrome. Similarly, if you want to save space on Chrome’s title bar, you can pin its tabs. This is because pinned tabs are minimized and kept separately in the left corner.

To pin a tab, right-click on it and select Pin. It will move to the left side. To unpin it, right-click again and select Unpin.

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9. Duplicate tab

If you want to open multiple instances of the same tab, you don’t need to reopen the website. Simply right-click on the tab and select Duplicate. A new tab will open with the same link next to the existing tab.

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10. Silent site

Sometimes when you open a site it starts playing audio out of nowhere. Rather than mute your entire computer, you can mute individual tabs. For that, right click on the tab and select Mute Site.

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11. Add a tab in the preferred position

When you create a new tab it is mainly added after the existing tabs on the far right. If you want to add it after a certain tab, right-click on that tab and select Add Tab on the right. Your new tab will be available alongside the existing tab.

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12. Close tabs in different ways

Google Chrome offers multiple ways to close current tabs. You can close all other tabs except the one you are using, or close the tabs on the right side of the existing tab. For that, right click on the tab and select the preferred option.

Professional advice: Rearrange the tabs so that the ones you need are on the left side. Then close the unnecessary ones present on the right side with a single click.

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13. Select multiple tabs

Usually, we’re used to selecting a single tab in Chrome. But, if you want to perform the same action on multiple tabs, such as mute, pin or drag them to a new window, etc., you can select multiple tabs.

To do this, move the mouse over one of the tabs you want to select. Hold down the Ctrl key on Windows or the Command key on Mac. Then click the tabs you want to select one by one. You will see that they will turn white, indicating that they have been selected. Now, you can perform all the actions mentioned above on them.

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14. Check all open tabs

Everyone knows how to mark a single tab. You click the star button, and that’s it. What if you want to bookmark all current web pages? Although not recommended, some people use it to temporarily save pages for future use.

To do so, right-click anywhere in the title bar in Chrome. Select Mark all tabs.

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15. Create tab groups

If you like to organize your things, you will enjoy using the tab grouping function. Note that this is an experimental feature at the moment, so you’ll need to change the Chrome flag to enable it. Once enabled, you can color-code similar tabs in Chrome.

To enable and use this feature, follow these steps:

Step 1: Type chrome: // flags in the Chrome search bar and press the Enter key.

Step 2: Type groups of tabs in the box that says Search for flags. Select Activate from the drop-down box next to Tab Groups.

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Step 3: Restart your browser.

Step 4: Right click on a tab and you will see a new option “Add to new group”. Click on it.

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Step 5: Click the color icon present before the tab. Here you can name the group or change its color.

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Step 6: Repeat step 4 to add more tabs to the group or to create a new group.

15. Use keyboard shortcuts

Who doesn’t like keyboard shortcuts? It’s like magic, except that your keyboard is your magic wand. You can use the keyboard shortcuts mentioned below to manage your tabs in Chrome.

Note: For Mac users, replace Ctrl with the Command key in the shortcuts below.

  • Ctrl + Tab: use this shortcut to navigate between tabs.
  • Ctrl + 1-9: Use to go to the specified tab number. Use Ctrl + 9 to go to the far right tab.
  • Ctrl + T: Use it to open a new tab.
  • Ctrl + W: Close the current tab with the shortcut.

Tip: See the full list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts.

16. Change the tab color

Bored of the same look for your eyelashes? Change it to a different color using Chrome themes. To do so, go to chrome: // settings /. Scroll down and click Themes. Please select a different topic.

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Your lashes will now have a different color.

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17. Find tabs that are open on other devices

If you use Chrome’s login feature, your open tabs are also synced on other devices in addition to your bookmarks and history. This is useful if you were previously browsing a page on your mobile device and now want to open it on your laptop.

To view tabs from other devices on your PC, click the three-dot icon at the top of Chrome. Select History followed by History again. Alternately, use the Ctrl + H shortcut. Click the tabs for other devices on the left side.

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18. Send tab to other devices

Sometimes, I need to share a link from my PC to the mobile. Previously, I used to take the help of Pushbullet or Join, but now Chrome has a native function to do it. You must right-click the tab you want to send to your other device and click Send To.

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You can also click in the search bar, and a new share icon will appear on the right side. Click to share.

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Note: This will only work if you are using the sync feature in Chrome. In case it still doesn’t work, find out how to fix sending to non-working devices.

19. Change new tab page

While Chrome allows you to customize the tabs that should open when Chrome starts, it does not provide a native option to change the new tab page. That’s where extensions come to our rescue. I like the New Tab page of and Toby. You can check our list to find more extensions to customize the new Chrome tab.

20. Save tabs for later use

Are you an eyelash hoarder? Time to tidy up your Chrome’s title bar and let it breathe fresh air. You don’t need to keep accumulating tabs just because you will need them in the future. What you can do is install a Chrome extension to postpone and manage your tabs. These extensions save web pages and you can open them at any time from the extension. Furthermore, you can even create folders to organize such temporary web pages.

The extension I like is Better-onetab. Other extensions you can try are Tab Snooze and tabzen.

21. Turn off Chrome to open old tabs

When you restart Chrome or open it at startup, you may see its old tabs. There is a setting in Chrome that allows you to disable loading old tabs at startup. See our guide that covers it in detail.

Bonus tip: View tabs from the taskbar

In Windows, right-click the Chrome icon in the taskbar and you will be shown various tab categories such as Pinned, Most visited and Recently closed. You can also access your tabs quickly from the taskbar.

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Echa un vistazo a los perfiles de Chrome

Esperamos que te guste nuestra colección de consejos y trucos para pestañas de Chrome. También debe consultar el modo de invitado y la función de perfiles que ofrece Chrome. Puedes usarlos para organizar tus pestañas. Por ejemplo, puede crear diferentes perfiles para el trabajo y el uso personal, separando así sus marcadores, historial y más.


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Última actualización el 29 abr, 2020

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