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Tab Management Shortcuts in Google Chrome

By December 13, 2010 January 3rd, 2011 Tips & Tricks

When I use a browser, I typically focus on using keyboard shortcuts, rather than the user interface. Since I’ve been using Google Chrome so often, I thought I would reveal the shortcuts that I’ve been using. Most of these shortcuts should work in other browsers as well, whether natively, or through the use of extensions.

CTRL + T

Opens a new tab in the current window.

CTRL + SHIFT + T

Opens the most recently closed tab. Chrome will actually remember the last ten tabs you closed, and work its way back in time with repeated keypresses.

CTRL + W or CTRL + F4

Closes a tab in the current window. If you close the last remaining tab, the window will close as well.

CTRL + 1, CTRL + 2, CTRL + 3, etc

Allows you to switch to a specific tab within a given window. To better illustrate this, see the following image:

The CTRL+# shortcut works based on the tab position, where the left-most tab is 1, and the others continue the sequence.

Pressing CTRL+1 will do nothing, because in the image I’m already on tab 1. Pressing CTRL+2 will switch to Wikipedia, and CTRL+3 will switch to Microsoft.

CTRL+9 is a special shortcut that will actually move you to the last tab, regardless of the number of tabs. In the example above, pressing CTRL+9 would bring me to tab 3.

CTRL + TAB

Switches to the next tab.

CTRL + SHIFT + TAB

Switches to the previous tab.

CTRL + N

Opens a new window.

CTRL + SHIFT + N

Opens a new incognito window. I use this shortcut whenever I access my e-mail from a shared computer, to help protect my account.

ALT + F4

Close the current window, regardless of how many tabs are open.

ALT + HOME

Loads your homepage in the current tab.

For a full list of shortcuts in Windows, see theĀ Google Chrome Keyboard and mouse shortcuts page.