Do you like using the new pinned tabs feature in Chrome and want to make it permanent? Then all that you need is a little command switch magic and a list of your favorite websites.

This article has been updated to reflect changes in Google Chrome while still providing the same “open with pinned tabs” function.

01. Choose the websites that you want opened as pinned tabs each time and pin them using the context menu for each tab.

02. Click on the “three dot” menu button in the upper right corner of your browser window and click on Settings. Alternatively, you can copy and paste “chrome://settings/” into the address bar.

03. Scroll down until you reach the “On Startup” section. Click on (select) the “Continue where you left off” option and close the Settings tab.

04. The next time you open Chrome, the tabs that you previously selected and pinned will open just as you desire. If you need or want to change the tabs that open pinned each time, simply use the context menu to unpin unwanted old ones and/or pin new ones.

Previous Method


Normally you have to use the “Tab Context Menu” to create pinned tabs in Chrome then repeat the same actions again the next time that you open the browser. Doing so once in a while is ok but not if you have to do it every time…

Setting Up Permanent Tabs

To get started you will need to locate and right click on your shortcut(s) for Google Chrome. Select “Properties”.

Once you have clicked through, you will see the “Properties” window with the “Shortcut” tab displayed. Now you are ready to modify the “Target Path”.

There will be two parts to this…

In the address area for “Target:” you will need to add the following command to the end of the target path making certain to leave a single space in between the final quote mark and the “pinned tab count command”. Enter the number of permanent pinned tabs that you would like to have in place of the “x”…for our example we chose “5”.

It should look like this…

Now for the second part. You will need to add the URL for each website that you would like to have as a permanently pinned tab after the “pinned tab count command”. Make certain to leave a single space in between each URL and the “pinned tab count command” as shown below.

Once you have that finished, click “Apply”, then “OK”.


Once you start Chrome (and each time thereafter) you will have a very nice set of permanently pinned tabs ready to go.

Accessing the “Tab Context Menu” you can still temporarily turn the permanent tabs back into “normal ones” by clicking on “Pin tab Command” to “deselect” it. You will also be able to close the tabs in the normal fashion if you do not need them at the moment.


If you love using pinned tabs in Google Chrome and have been wanting to make them permanent, then you should definitely give this a try.

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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