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12 Keyboard Shortcuts for Tabs in Google Chrome

Tabs are an indispensable part of web browsers. Navigating between tabs and organizing them can be a challenge, especially if you like to keep tons of them open. We’ll show you some nifty keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome to help you out.

All web browsers have many keyboard shortcuts that you may not be familiar with. Sometimes it’s faster to keep your fingers on the keyboard than to move the mouse. Many of these shortcuts can also be found in other browsers, but we’ll focus on Google Chrome.

To note: Keyboard shortcuts that refer to tabs with numbers count from left to right as shown in the image below.

Numbered Chrome tabs.

Windows keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome tabs

PCs running Windows 11, Windows 10, and even older versions of Windows can use the following shortcuts. These shortcuts also apply to Chromebooks and Chrome on Linux.

  • Open a new tab: CTRL+T
  • Switch to the next tab: Ctrl+Tab
  • Switch to the previous tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab
  • Move the current tab to the left: Ctrl+Shift+Page Up
  • Move the current tab to the right: Ctrl+Shift+Page Down
  • Close current tab: CTRL+W
  • Go to a specific tab: Ctrl+1-8 (tabs are numbered from left to right.)
  • Open the last closed tab: Ctrl+Shift+T
  • Open incognito/private browsing window: Ctrl+Shift+N
  • Open a new browser window: CTRL+N
  • Open link in new tab: Ctrl+click link
  • Close the window: Alt+F4

Mac keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome tabs

Keyboard shortcuts for Chrome on macOS are slightly different from those on Windows.

  • Open a new tab: Command + T
  • Switch to the next tab: Ctrl+Tab
  • Switch to the previous tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab
  • Move the current tab to the left: Ctrl+Shift+Page Up (Fn+Up Arrow)
  • Move the current tab to the right: Ctrl+Shift+Page Down (Fn+Down Arrow)
  • Close current tab: Command + W
  • Go to a specific tab: Command + 1-8 (tabs are numbered from left to right.)
  • Open the last closed tab: Ctrl+Shift+T
  • Open incognito/private browsing window: Command + Shift + N
  • Open a new browser window: Command + N
  • Open link in new tab: Order + click on the link
  • Close the window: Command + Shift + W

People don’t use keyboard shortcuts as much as they should. Tab control is just one of the things you can do with keyboard shortcuts in Chrome. There are tons of other very useful shortcuts to know!

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