Close tabs, windows and Google Chrome

You can close different tab pages in one browser window, multiple browser windows or even in Google Chrome itself. Find out how to use tabs in Chrome for mobile.

Close tabs

To close a tab, in the top-right, click Close Close. Or use the keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows and Linux: Press Ctrl+W
  • Mac: Press ⌘+W

Close windows

To close a window:

  • Close all tabs in the window.
  • In the corner of the window, click Close in the corner of the window.
    • Windows or Linux: See the top-right.
    • Mac: See the top-left.

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

  • Windows and Linux: Press Alt+F4
  • Mac: Press ⌘+Shift+W

Recover a window or tab

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

  • Windows and Linux: Press Ctrl+Shift+T
  • Mac: Press ⌘+Shift+T

Close Google Chrome

You can close Google Chrome entirely.

  1. Open the Chrome menu.
    • Windows and Linux: Click File on the top menu bar.
    • Mac: Click Chrome on the top menu bar.
  2. Click Quit Google Chrome.

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

  • Windows and Linux: Press Ctrl+Q
  • Mac: Press ⌘+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. In the top-right of Chrome, click the Menu Menu.
  2. Click More Tools > Task Manager.
  3. Select the web page, extension or app that you'd like to close.
  4. Click End process.

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