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Can You Move Multiple Chrome Tabs to a New Window?

Drag a tab off the tab bar in Google Chrome and it turns into a brand new window. Is there any way to replicate that trick with multiple tabs to easily break a grouping of tabs off into a new Chrome window?

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader RLH wants to move tabs more efficiently in Chrome:

I know this may seem like a silly question but it is certainly a minor feature that I would love to use, if it exists. Is there a way to quickly select multiple browser-tabs in Chrome, and move them all to a new browser window?

I know that you can take one tab, and pull it off of the current Chrome session to create new window. Then, you can drag-and-drop other tabs from any Chrome session to the new window.

At times, I’ll often have 20+ tabs open in a browser. To cut down on clutter, I’ll create a new Chrome window and move 3-5 page to the new session. Currently, this means that I have to drag-drop… drag-drop… drag-drop… and so on.

It would be nice to be able to select the tabs I want to move and just pull them all off at once. Can this be done?

RLH would certainly save quite a bit of time if he could move all two dozen tabs in a single swoop. Is it possible?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Joel Taylor suggests using the following keyboard shortcut to get the job done:

This feature is currently supported like this:

  1. Select the first tab
  2. Hold Ctrl
  3. Click on additional tabs you wish to move.
  4. Release Ctrl
  5. Drag the tabs to a new window or outside of the current window and a new window will automatically be created.

Another contributor, gronostaj,  points out that another common item-selection keyboard shortcut also works:

You can also select ranges of tabs with Shift.

Just like selecting files in Windows Explorer, you can use the Ctrl key to pick and choose or the Shift key to grab a whole chunk by selecting the first and last tab in the block you want.


Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/17/13

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