Tabs are the heart and soul of any browser. Imagine a browser that could only open one tab at a time. No one would want to go through this terrible experience. But having the ability to open multiple tabs also leads to confusion and disorganization. This is why you need to know how to organize tabs. In this article, we will give you various tips for managing and organizing tabs in Google Chrome.Contents1. Reopen the recently closed tab2. Rearrange tabs3. Open link in new tab4. Open all links in a new tab5. Open tab in new window6. Move tabs between Chrome7 windows. Search for open tabs8. Pin tabs9. Duplicate tab10. Mute site11. Add a tab to the preferred position12. Close tabs in different ways13. Select multiple tabs14. Mark all open tabs15. Create groups of tabs15. Use keyboard shortcuts16. Change tab color 17. Find open tabs on other devices18. Send tab to other devices19. Changing the New Tab page20. Save tabs for later use21. Disable Chrome from opening old tabsBonus tip:Show tabs from the taskbarTake a look at Chrome profiles
Since the main work of Chrome is done in a tab, knowing the tips and tricks related to tabs will greatly improve your overall experience of using the Chrome browser.
Let's check useful tips and tricks of Google Chrome tab for Windows.
Many times we accidentally hit the cross (close) button on a tab, thereby closing it. Sure, you can check your Chrome history and open it from there, but that's a long way to go. Chrome offers easier ways to reopen recently closed tabs.
To do this, use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + T (Windows) or Command + Shift + T (Mac). If you can't remember the shortcuts, just right-click anywhere on a space in Chrome's title bar. That is, next to the new tab icon (+). A menu will open. Click Reopen closed tab. This will open the recently closed tab. Learn how to restore tabs after a restart.
Pro Tip :Use this shortcut multiple times to open other previously closed tabs.
You may know this one. But for people who don't know, when you open a tab, it doesn't mean it's stuck in that position. You can change its position and keep it next to similar tabs. To do this, hover your mouse over the tab and hold down the left mouse button. Then drag it to the new position. As simple as that.
Tip: You can rearrange multiple tabs using the multiple selection trick mentioned below. That is, select the tabs and then drag them.
To open a link in a new tab, we usually right-click on it and select the New Tab option. Alternatively, if your mouse has a middle button, click 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.
If you want to open all links in Chrome in a new default tab, you'll need an extension like Click to tab. Check out how to use the extension and other ways to open all links in a new tab in Chrome.
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.
Pro tip: Learn how to open the current tab in incognito mode in Chrome.
If you want to move a tab between two Chrome windows, open both windows and keep them side by side or on top of each other. Then drag the existing window tab to anywhere on the title bar of the preferred Chrome window.
Sometimes we tend to open multiple tabs 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 field, and Chrome will display the site in the suggested URLs. Click Switch to this tab to access this tab.
Pinning tabs is handy if certain tabs are always open on your Chrome or if 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 your tabs. This is because pinned tabs are minimized and kept separate in the left corner.
To pin a tab, right-click on it and select Pin. It will move to the left side. To detach it, right-click it again and select Detach.
If you want to open multiple instances of the same tab, you don't need to open the website again. Simply, right-click on the tab and select Duplicate. A new tab with the same link will open next to the existing tab.
Sometimes when you open a site, it starts playing audio out of nowhere. Instead of disabling your entire computer, you can disable individual tabs. To do this, right-click on the tab and select Mute Site.
When you create a new tab, it is mostly 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 to the Right. Your new tab will be available alongside the existing tab.
Google Chrome offers several ways to close current tabs. You can either close all other tabs except the one you are using, or close the tabs on the right side of the existing tab. To do this, right-click on the tab and select the preferred option.
Pro Tip :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.
Generally, we are used to selecting a single tab on Chrome. But, if you want to perform the same action on multiple tabs such as disable them, pin them or drag them to a new window, etc., you can select multiple tabs.
To do this, hover your mouse over one of the tabs you want to select. Hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Command key on Mac. Then click on 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.
Everyone knows how to bookmark 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 this, right-click anywhere on the title bar in Chrome. Select Mark all tabs.
If you like to organize your stuff, you will enjoy using the tab grouping feature. Note that this is an experimental feature at the moment, so you will 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 tab groups in the search flags box. Select Enable from the drop-down list next to Tab Groups.
Step 3: Restart your browser.
Step 4: Right click on a tab and you will notice a new "Add to New Group" option. Click on it.
Step 5 :Click on the colored icon present in front of the tab. Here you can name the group or change its color.
Step 6: Repeat step 4 to add more tabs to the group or to create a new group.
Who doesn't love keyboard shortcuts? It's like magic, except 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.
Tip: Check out the full list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts.
Bored of the same look for your tabs? Change it to a different color using Chrome themes. To do this, navigate to chrome://settings/. Scroll down and click Themes. Select another theme.
Your tabs will now have a different color.
If you use Chrome's sign-in feature, your open tabs also sync across devices in addition to your bookmarks and history. This comes in handy if you were previously checking a page on your mobile 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 in Chrome. Select History followed by History again. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + H. Click other devices tabs on the left side.
Sometimes I need to share a link from my PC to mobile. Previously I used the help of Pushbullet or Join, but now Chrome has native functionality to do this. You need to right-click on the tab you want to send to your other device and click Send To.
You can also click on the search bar and a new share icon will appear on the right side. Click it to share.
Note :This will only work if you are using the sync feature in Chrome. If it still doesn't work, learn how to fix the Send to devices issue.
Although Chrome lets you customize which tabs should open when you launch Chrome, it doesn't provide a native option to change the new tab page. This is where extensions come to our rescue. I like the New Tab page of start.me and Toby. You can check our list to find more extensions to customize Chrome new tab.
Are you a tab collector? It's time to declutter your Chrome's title bar and let it breathe some fresh air. No need to keep hoarding tabs just because you will need them in the future. What you can do is install a Chrome extension to snooze and manage your tabs. These extensions save web pages and you can open them anytime from the extension. Moreover, you can even create folders to organize these temporary web pages.
The extension I like is Better-onetab. Other extensions you can try are Tab Snooze and tabzen.
When you relaunch Chrome or open it on startup, you can see your old tabs. A setting exists in Chrome that allows you to disable loading old tabs on startup. Check out our guide which covers it in detail.
In Windows, right-click the Chrome icon in the taskbar and you'll be overwhelmed with different tab categories like Pinned, Most Visited, and Recently Closed. You can also quickly access your tabs from the taskbar.
We hope you like our collection of Chrome tab tips and tricks. You should also check out the guest mode and profiles feature offered by Chrome. You can use them to organize your tabs. For example, you can create different profiles for your work and personal use, separating your bookmarks, history, etc.
Not sure between guest mode and incognito mode on Chrome? Find out how they differ from the following link.