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How to open a link in a new tab in Chrome

Learn how to work with tabs, open links in new tabs and more in Google Chrome and make multi-tasking easier.
How to open link in a new tab in Chrome

Opening a link in a new tab in Chrome is more convenient for one main reason: You can keep reading or return to your current page easily.  This is especially useful when you are in the middle of filling in a form, and you need to read the extra information linked within the form.

Working with tabs in Google Chrome

All modern browsers allow you to open links in new tabs easily. In this article, you'll learn how you can work more efficiently with Google Chrome.

  • How to open a new tab.
  • How to drag a tab into a new browser window.
  • How to open any link in a new tab in Chrome.
  • How to close a tab.
  • How to pin and unpin tabs in Chrome, and why you'd want to do that.

How to open a new tab in Chrome

At the top of your browser window and at the right-hand end of all of the tabs, click on the small + icon next to the last tab to open a new tab in Chrome.

Opening a new tab in Chrome
Click on the tiny + at the end of your row of tabs to open a new tab in Chrome.

Of course, you can also use the keyboard to quickly open a new Chrome tab. Simply press the new tab shortcut: Ctrl+T or Cmd+T.

Drag a tab into a new Chrome window

When you want to compare web content, images, reference additional information, or simply search for something while you are reading webpage, switching between tabs in Chrome is annoying. It's easy to move a tab into a separate Chrome window, so you can look at the web pages side-by-side.

  • Click on the tab and hold the mouse button down, drag the tab outside its Chrome window, then release.
Click and hold on tab in Chrome then drag it out of this window
Click and hold on tab in Chrome, then drag it out of this window.
Drag the tab outside the window to open it in a new Chrome window
Drag the tab outside the window to open it in a new Chrome window.

Alternatively, you can open a new browser window with a new tab using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N or Cmd+N. You can now drag the tabs between the browser windows as you need.

How to open links in new Chrome tabs

The fastest and easiest way to open a link in a new Chrome tab, is to press Ctrl and click on the link you want to open. Of course, that needs a keyboard. If you want to work only with the mouse click on the link and hold the mouse button down, then drag it up to a blank space on Chrome's tab bar to open it in a new tab.

Right-click on a link for more options

When you right click on a link, you'll see a context menu with a number of different options. From this menu, you can:

  • Open the link in a new tab
  • Open the link in a new browser window
  • Open the link in an incognito window (where Chrome will not add it to your browsing history)

You can also save the link or copy the link address via this right-click menu.

Right click on the link you want to open
Right click on the link you want to open and choose Open link in new tab

How to close a browser tab in Chrome

If you are like most people, you will have more than just a handful of tabs open at any one time in your browser. Closing the browser tabs you no longer need will make your computer run faster and battery last longer. It's easy to close a tab - simply click on the tiny cross at the right edge of a tab to close it.

Click on the tiny cross in the tab to close it in Google Chrome
Click on the tiny cross in the tab to close it in Google Chrome.

How to pin and unpin a tab in Chrome

Browser tabs can take up a lot of room, especially when the website's icon and page title is displayed in the tab. Pinning a tab compresses this neatly - the tab will shrink to just the website icon, and is moved to the left of all of your tabs. Right click on a tab, then select Pin Tab. When you click on any link in a pinned webpage, the linked page will automatically open in a new tab. This lets you set up Chrome with a handful of pinned tabs to act as a dashboard. It's just as easy to unpin a tab - simply right click on it, then select Unpin Tab.

Right-click then select Unpin Tab to expand the tab in Google Chrome
Right-click then select Unpin Tab to expand the tab in Google Chrome.
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