Pinning Tabs in Google Chrome

Chrome’s Pin Tab feature has been around for some years, but I’m amazed at how many people are still unaware of it – or have forgotten about it – so today’s post is a quick overview.

It’s easy to suffer from tab overload. After working for a while you suddenly realize that you have so many browser tabs open that you can’t easily find your most-used tabs, such as (in my case) Gmail and Google Drive. Enter the Pin Tab feature.

Since new browser tabs are created from left to right, the first tabs you open are on the left of the browser (at least until you start dragging tabs around). For this reason, most people keep their most important tabs on the left, either because they were the first tabs opened, or deliberately moved there so that they don’t get pushed across the screen by new tabs opening.

To pin a tab, all you have to do is to right-click on the tab in question, and select Pin Tab from the menu that appears.

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Doing this with each of your important tabs will reduce the tab size for each one, and shift all of them to the left of the browser (see image below). You can then drag pinned tabs around within the group of pinned tabs, to order them the way you prefer (but you can’t mix pinned and non-pinned tabs; the pinned ones are always on the left side).

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Note too that you can’t accidentally close these tabs, because the delete icon (the “X”) has disappeared from them (though you can quickly close a pinned tab my middle-clicking on it with your mouse).

Any new tabs that you open from a link will always open to the right of your group of pinned tabs, even when the link itself is within a pinned tab.