Tabs are the heart and soul of any browser. Imagine a browser that could only open one tab at a time. Nobody would want to live this terrible experience. But having the ability to open multiple tabs also leads to confusion and disorganization. This is why you should know how to organize the tabs. In this article, we will walk you through various tips for managing and organizing tabs in Google Chrome.
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 see the helpful tips and tricks from the Google Chrome tab for Windows.
1. Reopen the recently closed tab
Often, we accidentally hit the cross (close) button on a tab, closing it. Sure, you can check your Chrome history and open it from there, but it’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 remember the shortcuts, it’s not your cup of coffee, just right-click anywhere on a space in the Chrome title bar. In other words, 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 reboot.
Pro tip: Use this shortcut several times to open other previously closed tabs.
2. Rearrange the tabs
You may know this one. But for people who don’t know it, when you open a tab, it doesn’t mean it’s locked 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 the left mouse button. Then drag it to the new position. As simple as that.
Point: You can rearrange multiple tabs using the multiple selection tab trick mentioned 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 usually right click on it and select the New Tab option. Alternatively, if your mouse has a center button, click it to open the link in a new tab in Chrome. You can also press Ctrl + left mouse button to open it in a new tab.
4. Open all links in a new tab
If you want to open all links in Chrome in a new default tab, you will need to take the help of 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.
5. Open the 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? It’s a breeze to do that.
Just click on the tab in the title bar and drag it down. You will see a new window will open with the existing tab.
Pro tip: Learn 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 the two windows and keep them side by side or one on top of the other. Then drag the tab from the existing window to anywhere in the title bar of the preferred Chrome window.
7. Search for open tabs
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 box, and Chrome will display the site in the suggested URLs. Click Switch to this tab to switch to this tab.
8. Pin tabs
Pinning tabs is handy if certain tabs are still 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. Likewise, if you want to save space on the Chrome title bar, you can pin your tabs. Indeed, the pinned tabs are reduced and kept separately in the left corner.
To pin a tab, right-click it and select Pin. It will move to the left. To unpin it, right-click it again and select Detach.
9. Duplicate tab
If you want to open multiple instances of the same tab, you do not need to reopen the website. Simply right-click on the tab and select Duplicate. A new tab with the same link will open next to the existing tab.
10. Dumb site
Sometimes when you open a site, it starts playing audio from nowhere. Instead of cutting your entire computer, you can cut individual tabs. To do this, right click on the tab and select Mute site.
11. Add a tab at 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 next to the existing tab.
12. Close tabs in different ways
Google Chrome offers several ways to close the 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 on the right side with one click.
13. Select multiple tabs
Generally, we are used to selecting only one tab on Chrome. But, if you want to perform the same action on multiple tabs such as mute, 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 Ctrl on Windows or Command 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 of the above mentioned actions on them.
14. Bookmark 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 it is 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.
15. Create tab groups
If you like to organize your things, you will appreciate using the tab grouping function. Note that this is an experimental feature at this time, so you will need to change the Chrome flag to activate it. Once activated, you can color similar tabs in Chrome.
To activate and use this feature, follow these steps:
Step 1: Type chrome: // flags in the Chrome search bar and press the Enter key.
2nd step: Type the tab groups in the box that indicates the search indicators. Select Activate 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 option “Add to new group”. Click on it.
Step 5: Click on the color 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.
15. Use keyboard shortcuts
Who doesn’t like 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.
- Ctrl + Tab: use this shortcut to navigate between tabs.
- Ctrl + 1-9: use it to access the specified tab number. Use Ctrl + 9 to access the rightmost tab.
- Ctrl + T: use it to open a new tab.
- Ctrl + W: close the current tab using the shortcut.
Point: See the full list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts.
16. Change the tab color
Tired of the same look for your tabs? Change it to a different color using Chrome themes. To do this, go to chrome: // settings /. Scroll down and click Themes. Select a different theme.
Your tabs will now have a different color.
17. Find open tabs on other devices
If you’re using the Chrome sign-in feature, your open tabs also sync across all devices in addition to your bookmarks and history. It is useful if you previously viewed a page on your mobile and now want to open it on your laptop.
To view tabs for other devices on your PC, click the three dots icon at the top in Chrome. Select History, then History again. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + H. Click on the tabs of other devices on the left side.
18. Send the tab to other devices
Sometimes I have to share a link between my PC and the mobile. I used to take help from Pushbullet or Join, but now Chrome has native functionality to do it. You must right-click the tab that 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 on it to share.
Note: This will only work if you use the sync feature in Chrome. In case it still doesn’t work, find out how to fix the shipment to non-working devices.
19. Change the new tab page
Although Chrome lets you customize the tabs to open when you launch Chrome, it doesn’t offer a native option to modify 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 the new Chrome tab.
20. Save tabs for later use
Are you a tab hoarder? It’s time to declutter the title bar of your Chrome and let it breathe 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 repeat and manage your tabs. These extensions save web pages and you can open them at any time from the extension. In addition, you can even create folders to organize these temporary web pages.
The extension I like is Better-onetab. The other extensions you can try are Tab Snooze and tabzen.
21. Disable Chrome from opening old tabs
When you restart Chrome or open it at startup, you can see your old tabs. A setting exists in Chrome that allows you to disable loading old tabs at startup. Consult our guide which covers it in detail.
Bonus tip: Display taskbar tabs
In Windows, right-click the Chrome icon in the taskbar and you’ll be inundated with different categories of tabs such as Pinned, Most Visited, and Recently Closed. You can also quickly access your tabs from the taskbar.
Take a look at the Chrome profiles
We hope you enjoy our collection of tips and tricks on Chrome tabs. You should also check out the guest mode and profile functionality offered by Chrome. You can use them to organize your tabs. Par exemple, vous pouvez créer différents profils pour le travail et l’utilisation personnelle, séparant ainsi vos signets, votre historique, etc.
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Dernière mise à jour le 27 avril 2020