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Google Chrome - Open & use tabs

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 icon. 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 link
    • Mac: ⌘ + click link
  • To open the same webpage in multiple tabs, right-click the tab with the webpage and select Duplicate
  • To reopen a recently closed tab, use a keyboard shortcut:
    • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + t
    • Mac: ⌘ + Shift + t

Customize your new tab page

When you open a new tab, under the search box, you'll see images of the websites 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 the Google Chrome window.

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 will be 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 icons. 

Close a tab
  • At the top right of a 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 accidently close a tab or window, you can open it again using the keyboard shortcut:
    • Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + t
    • 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 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 webpage 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.C
  2. Click More Tools > Task Manager.
  3. Select the webpage, extensions, or app you'd like to close. 
  4. Click End process. 
For more information, please visit the Google Support website. 

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:google chromes how to open and use tabs in browser   Doc ID:72796
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-04-21 09:13 MSTUpdated:2017-10-31 12:30 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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