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Open and close tabs in Chrome browser

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You can open as many tabs as you want in Chrome browser. You can also view all your tabs and switch between them.

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Open a new tab

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  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Choose an option:
    1. Next to the last tab on the right, click New tab "".
    2. Use a keyboard shortcut:
      • On Windows & Linux, press Ctrl + t.
      • On a Mac, press ⌘ + t.
Open a tab in a new window
  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Click and drag the tab outside the window.
  3. To open a new window, choose an option:
    • On Windows & Linux, press Ctrl + n.
    • On Mac, press ⌘ + n.
Open a file in a new tab
  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Choose an option:
    • From your computer's desktop or folder:
      1. Drag a file onto a Chrome browser tab.
      2. Click Add "".
    • Browse and select the file from your computer.
      1. Open a new tab.
      2. Choose an option:
        • On Windows & Linux, press Ctrl + o.
        • On Mac, press ⌘ + o.
Open a link in a new tab
  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Choose an option:
    • On Windows & Linux, press Ctrl + click a link.
    • On Mac, press + click a link.

Close a tab

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  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Choose an option:
    • At the top right of the tab, click Close "".
    • Choose a keyboard shortcut:
      • On Windows & Linux, press Ctrl + w.
      • On a Mac, press ⌘ + w.
Close all tabs in a window
  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Choose an option:
    • On Windows & Linux, at the top right, click Close "".
    • On a Mac, at the top left, click Close "".
  3. (Optional) To use keyboard shortcuts to close all tabs in a window, choose an option:
    • On Windows & Linux, press Alt + F4.
    • On a Mac, press ⌘ + Shift + w.
Force a page or app to close

If a tab, window, or extension isn't working, you can force it to close using Chrome browser's task manager.

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. On the right, click More "".
  3. Click More Toolsand thenTask Manager.
  4. Select the webpage, extension, or app you want to close.
  5. Click End Process.
Bring back a tab or window

If you accidentally close a tab or window, you can open it again using a keyboard shortcut.

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Choose an option:
    • On Windows & Linux, press Ctrl + Shift + t.
    • On a Mac, press ⌘ + Shift + t.


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