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How to Search and Switch Tabs on Google Chrome

  • You can search and switch tabs on Google Chrome with its version 87 update, which introduced in-browser shortcuts for tabs.
  • When rolling out, some of these features were only available on Chrome OS, so you may need to enable them through the Experimental Features menu on Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.
  • Google Chrome allows users to open an unlimited number of tabs in the browser, but having too many tabs open at once can slow down both your computer and your productivity.
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Between email, social media, news sites, and business resources, it’s easy for your internet browser to get cluttered with open tabs. These can cause you to lose sight of what’s most important on your screen.

For those who often have multiple tabs open at once,


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added new features in the browser that make it easier to switch between tabs efficiently and search for open tabs to find the one you need.

The ability to search and switch between your open tabs on Chrome, introduced with its version 87 update, takes the frustrating guesswork out of multitasking, optimizing your ability to navigate your tab clutter.

If your Chromebook or Chrome browser doesn’t have the latest version (or if you believe these features haven’t rolled out to you yet), you’ll need to enable these tools through the browser’s “Experimental Features” menu before you can use them. .

Here’s how to search and switch tabs on Google Chrome.

How to Enable Tab Switching on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions

2. Click enter.

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You will need to enter the Chrome Flags menu to enable the feature.

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3. You will be taken to the Chrome Browser Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says “Omnibox switches to tab suggestions”.

4. Click on the drop-down list to the right of the feature and set it to “Enabled”.

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it won’t work.

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5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect.

How to Switch Tabs on Google Chrome

1. Open a Google Chrome browser window.

2. When multiple tabs are open, enter a title or keyword in the URL box of any existing or new tabs.

3. From the drop-down suggestions, select the tab you want to switch to by clicking the “Switch to this tab” button that appears.

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab in the Chrome address bar to activate the switch tab button.

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How to Enable Tab Search on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search

2. Click enter.

3. You will be taken to the Chrome browser experimental features menu and a highlighted box that says “Enable tabbed search”.

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This feature will activate a tool in the browser to search your tabs.

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4. Click the drop-down list to the right of “Enable Tab Search” and set it to “Enabled”.

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If the update hasn’t been rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it might not work.

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5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect.

How to Search Tabs on Google Chrome

1. Launch a Google Chrome session.

2. When multiple tabs are open, click the down arrow in the upper right corner of the window.

3. From the drop-down list that appears, select a listed tab or use the search bar to find an open tab using keywords.

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab to switch to that tab.

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