The tabs in the browser, be it in Google Chrome or Firefox or even Internet Explorer is the most used thing and can be considered as the most vital feature as it provides convenient browsing experience to every user.

We’re so used to tabbed structure without knowing, that even OS manufactures are releasing tab structure, and Apple is the first in the race.

But are we using tab feature to the extent we can, so that the productivity can be increased?

Being familiar with the Google Chrome, you may not know the interesting tricks about the tabs. Some basis, some unknown … tabs shortcut can be of great use to boost productivity and for the same reason, here are all those …

  • Open, Close & Pin Tabs

These are pretty basic that we all use on daily basis. To open a tab, you click on new tab button or hit Ctrl + T (on Windows) or command + T (on Mac)


For Closing the tab, again pretty simple … click on cross button located at the top right corner of any tab title box, or simple hit Ctrl + W (on Windows) and Command + W (on Mac).


For opening up a new Windows instead of Tab, you can either open a new tab and drag it outside the current Chrome Window, which will open a new Window or you can hit shortcut Ctrl + N (on Windows) or Command + N (on Mac)

These are pretty obvious, no? One of the other thing that many of us use is dragging the tabs for placing it in sequential order, for whatever reason it may be! This can be done by just dragging the tab by clicking on it (hold the click) and dragging the tab along the tab row. Release the mouse button when you reach the desired location where you want to put the tab in sequential order.


Pinning a tab is also fair simple. Pinning a tab will ensure that your most required thing starts up whenever you open chrome (depending on sessions).

Pinning tab actually transforms a normal tab to a small one and fix the same on the left side of the browser for all the session until it is unpinned. This features work best for the tabs which you need always such as your e-mail related tabs.


From the name, it is clear that the ‘Mute tab‘ option will surely make a tab silent where any website offering auto-playing videos is already opened. Apart from this, you may click on the little speaker icon which is present just beside the ‘X’ icon to mute any media playing under that specific tab.

Though we already discussed how to close the tab, but when you have several numbers of tabs already opened then closing tabs one by one may seem at a time taking task for you. To get rid of this lengthy procedure, just right click on the tab which you do not want to close. Then click on the ‘Close other tabs‘ option to close all the other tabs at once by a single click.

Sometimes you may want to keep more than one tab opened among the several numbers of tabs. Then you should first reorder tabs from left according to your necessity. Then click on the last tab from the left which is important and chooses the “Close Tabs to the Right” options to close the unnecessary ones.

The ‘Reopen Closed Tab‘ option allows the user to open the last closed tab without accessing the browsing history.

The ‘Bookmark All Tabs‘ option facilitates to bookmark all the necessary tabs just by a single click.

  • Setting Default Tab Page

You may also set the specific tab which will appear at the time of starting a new session. Just click on the ‘Customise and Control‘ button on the upper right corner of the Google Chrome windows and select the ‘Settings‘ option.

Then Choose the ‘Startup‘ section to access the three options i.e. ‘Open the New Tab page’, ‘Continue where you left off’, ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’. Click on the desired option and save the changes.

  • Other Tabs Shortcuts

  • Opening a New Tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+T
    • Mac: Command+T
  • Reopening the last closed tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+T
    • Mac: Command+Shift+T
  • Moving to the next open tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+PgDn
    • Mac: Command+Option+Right Arrow
  • Moving to the previously open tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+PgUp
    • Mac: Command+Options+Left Arrow
  • Moving to a specific tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+8
    • Mac: Command+1 to Command+8
  • Moving to the last tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+9
    • Mac: Command+9
  • Opening your home page in the current tab
    • Windows only: Alt+Home
  • Opening the previous page from your browsing history
    • Windows: Alt+Left Arrow
    • Mac: Command+[ or Command+Left Arrow
  • Opening the next page from your browsing history
    • Windows: Alt+Right Arrow
    • Mac: Command+] or Command+Right Arrow
  • Closing the current tab
    • Windows: Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4
    • Mac: Command+W
  • Closing all open tabs and Chrome
    • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+W
    • Mac: Command+Shift+W

That’s all about mastering the tabs on Google Chrome. Now try yourself by following the given instruction and yeah, all these are pretty basic, but you also know how much we use it on daily basis. The point here is, if we use shortcuts, the productivity will surely increase!


  1. Thanks for your informed article about tabs in Google Chrome.
    I generally have about 20 tabs open but 3 or 4 are continually spinning even though they are not open.
    Any idea how to stop them spinning?