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Is there any way to get Google Chrome to use multiple rows for tabs?

I haven't been able to find an extension, or a mention of this feature coming up in a future release.

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In short, you can't, and it doesn't seem to be coming. I'm guessing they're trying to teach you good tab management and to let make you play with the tab ripping. There are many alternative solutions to tab overload though. Take a look at TooManyTabs and Chrome's new verticle tab commandline switch.

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TooManyTabs seems like a pretty weird solution, but it could help. I'd rather have multliple rows. I guess extensions can't mess with the tab bar. –  Neil Oct 14 '10 at 18:54
    
Extensions can't mess with the tab bar, yes. The Chrome extension framework is almost entirely iframes and javascript. I don't think Chrome will ever get multiple rows because 1) it would be a UI nightmare the way they designed it, and 2) there are two solutions out there already (vertical tabs, tab ripping) –  digitxp Oct 14 '10 at 21:58
    
+1 for the vertical tabs! Except for some reason I cant scroll vertically at all when I get too many tabs... And there's no way to resize the tab bar horizontally so I can hardly read any of the titles :/ –  elwyn May 29 '11 at 3:22
    
Now, two years later, it's still does not seem to be coming. code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=132246 –  zespri Nov 19 '12 at 22:37
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Firefox it is then. –  Triynko Jul 17 '13 at 16:39
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Take a look at TabsOutliner extension. It gives you editable overview of all the windows and tabs in Chrome. Here is a screenshot:

TabsOutliner extension

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A work around would be to use pin tabs. If you right click a tab and choose pin it will become a small button to the very left. Also, it'll stay there when you close your browser and open it again.

Doesn't solve the problem but you'll at least get a better overview of your tabs

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"tree style tabs" is a good alternative, I just miss a shortcut hotkey to open it instead of clicking on its icon.. also options to enlarge the list. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tree-style-tabs-beta/ffididlaalcoegfcalmeldjfnihmoech

I miss also at pin tabs, an option to make the pinned smaller, so there could have more!, the width of the page icon is good enough, actually it occupies twice that size :(

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