How to Turn Chrome Tabs into Icons (Hint: It’s Built Right In)


I’m sure most of our Chrome users are thinking… why, exactly, are you posting such a simple tip? After posting an unrelated screenshot on Twitter today, I was swarmed with people asking how I made my tabs into icons.

So I figured, why not post something about it on the site, just in case other people didn’t know about this easy, built-right-in tip that doesn’t require an extension.

Yep, it’s that easy. Right-click a tab, click Pin tab.

The great thing about it is that even when you restart Chrome, your pinned tabs will show up again – so I often use it as a way to save my current tabs before rebooting, since I know they will show up again. It’s easier than bookmarking everything and remembering to open it again later.

So that’s your byte size tip of the day. Enjoy.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.