Make Google Chrome Open with Pinned Tabs

By Akemi Iwaya on December 7th, 2009

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.

UPDATE: Google Chrome now has the feature built-in by default.  Just right-click on the tab and select “Pin Tab”….the next time that you open Chrome those same tabs will reopen with your browser.

Before

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…

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Setting Up Permanent Tabs

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

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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”.

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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”.

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It should look like this…

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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.

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

After

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

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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.

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Conclusion

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 is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/7/09
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