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Use tabs and 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, click New tab new tab. Or, use a keyboard shortcut:
    • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + t
    • Mac: ⌘ + t
  • To open a link in a new tab, use a keyboard shortcut. Related tabs are grouped.
    • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + click a link
    • Mac: ⌘ + click a link
  • To open the same web page in multiple tabs, right-click the tab with the web page and select Duplicate.
  • To reopen a recently closed tab, use a keyboard shortcut:
    • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + t
    • Mac: ⌘ + Shift + t

Customise your new tab page

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

To visit a site, click the image.

To remove a most visited site, point to the image. At the top-right of the image, click Remove Remove.

Open a new window of tabs

  • Use a keyboard shortcut:
    • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + n
    • Mac: ⌘ + n
  • To open a tab in a new window, drag the tab outside of the Google Chrome window.

Open a file in a 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

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 (or, on a Mac, press Control + click) the tab and select Pin tab. Pinned tabs are smaller and only show the site's icon.

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: See the top-right.
    • Mac: See the top-left.

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

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

Bring back a window or tab

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

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

Close Google Chrome

You can close Google Chrome entirely.

  1. Open the Chrome menu.
    • Windows & Linux: On the top menu bar, click File.
    • 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

Force a web page or application to close

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

  1. At the top-right, click More More.
  2. Click More Tools and then Task Manager.
  3. Select the web page, extension or app that you'd like to close.
  4. Click End process.

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