Set up tabs in Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a popular, secure and fast browser with excellent functionality and the ability to expand it. And also, importantly, with an intuitive interface for working with tabs.

Chrome provides the ability to work with an unlimited number of tabs, organize them, set the start page, return accidentally closed tabs, and also conveniently and quickly switch between sites.

Why do I need to customize the tabs in Google Chrome?

Obviously, customization is necessary in order to speed up access to your favorite sites.

When you launch Google Chrome opens:

  • An empty new tab;
  • Previously opened tabs (open at the end of the previous session);
  • The specified page.
Set up tabs in Google Chrome
Set up tabs in Google Chrome

An empty tab is not technically completely empty – it shows frequently visited sites in the form of a panel with thumbnails. You can also add any other sites you like to it.

Opening Chrome from previously opened pages is convenient – you can continue from the place where the previous session ended. No need to be afraid every time you close the browser that some information will be lost. Did not have time to finish reading the page now – you will finish reading next time. There is no need to add all interesting sites to bookmarks – you can just leave them in the form of open tabs.

A given page can act as a start page – from which Chrome will open each time it is launched. A given page can specify a news portal or your favorite site.

Configuration Procedure

You can configure the tabs in Google Chrome in the upper right corner of the browser window by clicking the "Configure and Manage Google Chrome" button (three vertical dots, or the Alt+F hotkey).

From here, you can open a new tab, a new window, and a new window in incognito mode. From here you can also customize the start page. To do this, go to the "Settings" menu and click "Launch Chrome".

Organize tabs

A new tab in Google Chrome opens with a simple click on the "+" icon to the right of the last open tab. The location of tabs and windows can be reversed by dragging them, holding the left mouse button, if you press "ESC" during the transfer process, it returns to its original position.

The tab menu is brought up by right-clicking on the tab.

The tab menu contains the following functionality:

  • New Tab — opens a blank tab to the right of the current one;
  • Add a tab to reading list;
  • Add a tab to a new group — for ease of orientation among many tabs, addresses can be added to various groups, deleted, distributed by colors and mood, group names, move the group to a new window;
  • Open the current tab in a new window – in the old one it will be closed;
  • Reload — refreshes the page;
  • Duplicate — copies the current tab;
  • Pin tab — reduces the size of the tab, places it on the left side of the quick access toolbar;
  • Mute the sound on the site;
  • Send to device – allows you to share the page and send it to a device synchronized with a Google account;
  • Close tab — closes the current or selected tabs (they are highlighted by the left click with the Ctrl button held down);
  • Close all tabs on the right;
  • Close other tabs Closes all tabs except the current one.
Actions you can do with the tab
Actions you can do with the tab

Set up a shortcut page

To enable the quick access page, you need to click on three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser window – select "Settings" – and in the "Appearance" section, turn on the "Show Main Page" button option.

The "Main Page" button in the form of a house icon will appear to the left of the address bar.

How do I change the tab that will be opened by clicking on this button? There, in the menu "Appearance" select:

  • Quick access page
  • or the specified web address.

The quick access page is a Google search box in the middle of the screen with small shortcuts to favorite sites under it (added manually by the user or just frequently visited).

If you specify a specific address as the main page, then by clicking on the button of the house it will open, and the quick access page in this case will be opened by clicking on the "New Tab" button.

How to use tabs in the browser

Tabs allow you to open many web pages, interact with them, switch between them, quickly load the content of sites. Each new tab is implemented in the system as a separate process that does not depend on other pages.

In the tab there is a transition to various pages of the site, a transition from site to site, with the ability to go back.

There are many extensions for working with tabs: Tabli, TooManyTabs, Quick Tab, Tab Manager and others.

TooManyTabs extension for Google Chrome
TooManyTabs extension for Google Chrome

Also, to speed up the work with tabs, it is desirable to use keyboard hotkeys:

  • Ctrl + T – add a new tab;
  • Ctrl + W – close the current active tab;
  • Ctrl + R – reloads the current page;
  • Ctrl + Shift + T is a useful function that allows you to restore up to ten previously closed tabs;
  • Ctrl + Shift + D – add all currently open tabs to the bookmarks panel;
  • Ctrl + Shift + left mouse button — open the link in a new tab and make it active;
  • Ctrl + Tab – go to the next tab;
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab go to the previous page;
  • From Ctrl + 1 to Ctrl + 8 – switch to the necessary tab by its serial number;
  • Ctrl + 9 – switch to the last tab opened in the window;
  • Ctrl + mouse click on tabs — allows you to select several pages;

And finally, Alt+F4 – closes all tabs and Google Chrome.

Mike Lombardi/ author of the article

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