google chrome search tabs

Browser tabs can be a blessing and a curse. It’s handy to have multiple pages open at once, but if you use a lot of tabs, it can quickly become hard to manage. That’s where Google’s Chrome Tab Search comes in.

Introduced for the first time in Google Chrome 87, Tab Search is exactly what it sounds like. You can click a button to see a list of all your open tabs, across all Chrome windows, and easily search through them. You can search the title of the webpage or the site URL.

Update: In Google Chrome 87, this feature only works on Chrome OS. As of December 9, 2020, it’s not yet available on Google Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux, and other platforms. It will likely be available in future versions of Chrome for other platforms.

Tab Search doesn’t require any setup or opt-in. It appears as a simple drop-down arrow in the top tab bar. To begin, click the arrow button or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+A (Cmd+Shift+A for Mac).

You will now see a vertically scrollable list of all the tabs you have open in Chrome. The list includes all open Chrome browser windows, not just the current window.

list of open chrome tabs

At the top of the pop-up is a search box. Start typing in the box to search through all the open tabs.

search in the top of the pop up

You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select a tab from the results and hit Enter to go to the tab. If you prefer, you can click the result with your mouse and cursor as well.

That’s all there is to it! This is a very simple feature, but if you’re a heavy tab user, it will quickly become one of your go-to tricks.

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