Use tabs & suggestions

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

Open a new tab

At the top of your Google Chrome window, next to the last tab on the right, click New tab New tab. Or, use a keyboard shortcut:

  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + t
  • Mac: ⌘ + t
Open a tab in a new window

Click and drag the tab outside the Google Chrome window.

To open a new window, use a keyboard shortcut:

  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + n
  • Mac: ⌘ + n
Open a file in a new tab

From your computer's desktop or folder, drag the file into a Google Chrome tab. If the action is successful, your cursor will display Add Add.

Browse and select the file from your computer. Open a new tab, then use a keyboard shortcut:

  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + o
  • Mac: ⌘ + o
Open a link in a new tab
  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + click a link
  • Mac: ⌘ + click a link

Customize your new tab page

When you open a new tab, under the search box, you'll see websites you visit often.

  • To visit a site, click the icon.
  • To remove or edit a site, point to the icon. At the top right of the icon, click More Organize.

Add a custom background image

You can upload a photo to use as a background in Chrome.
On a new tab, at the bottom right, click Settings Settings.

Arrange tabs

To change the order of your tabs, drag a tab along the top of the browser window.

  • To pin a tab to the left, right-click the tab and select Pin tab. Pinned tabs are smaller and only show the site's icon.
  • To unpin a tab, right-click the tab and select Unpin tab

Close a tab

At the top right of the tab, click Close Close. Or, use a keyboard shortcut:

  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + w
  • Mac: ⌘ + w
Close a window
  • Close all tabs in the window.
  • At the top corner of the window, click Close Close.
    • Windows & Linux: At the top right.
    • Mac: At the top left.

    You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to close a window:

    • Windows & Linux: Alt + F4
    • Mac: ⌘ + Shift + w
Close Google Chrome

You can close Google Chrome entirely.

  1. Open the Chrome menu.
    • Windows & Linux: On the top menu bar, click More Organize.
    • Mac: On the top menu bar, click Chrome.
  2. Close Google Chrome.
    • Windows & Linux: Click Exit.
    • Mac: Click Quit Google Chrome.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut to close Google Chrome:

  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + q
  • Mac: ⌘ + q

Bring back a tab or window

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

  • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + t
  • Mac: ⌘ + Shift + t

Force a page or app to close

If a tab, window, or extension isn't working, you can force it closed with Chrome's task manager. 

  1. At the top right, click More Organize.
  2. Click More Tools and then Task Manager.
  3. Select the webpage, extension, or app you'd like to close.
  4. Click End Process.

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