Chrome’s Tab Search: Too many tabs open?

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Are you the kind of person who usually has lots of tabs open in Chrome? 

When you have multiple tabs open, it gets harder to find exactly which one to open without opening the wrong tab. It could be an irritating thing for some of us, especially if you are in a hurry.

Well, Google Chrome has something for you.

Too many tabs open? No problem!

Google Chrome has a hidden tab search feature that you can enable. It allows you to search through your multiple tabs in all of your open browser windows – even the page you’re looking at is located in a different window.

If you have a large number of tabs open and you can’t keep track of them, the tab search will allow you to search through them and then navigate to the one you want quickly.

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How to enable the Google Tab Search feature?

Once you update to Chrome 88, it adds a small drop-down menu on the top of your Chrome window.

You can also enable it by following these steps:

  1. Copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search into the address bar, and then press the Enter key.
  2. When the ‘Enable Tab Search’ flag is shown, set it to Enabled.

You will see a small circle containing a triangle once the Tab Search is already enabled.


However, if you want to disable it, you can use these same steps and select the ‘Disabled’ option instead.