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Is there a keyboard short cut, or extension, that lets you rip a tab into a new window in Google Chrome instead of using the mouse?

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A workaround would be: Ctrl + L, + C, + W, + N, + V, and Enter.


F6, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + N, Ctrl + V, Enter and an optional Alt + Tab, Ctrl + W, Alt + Tab, to close the old tab.

You could automate the whole thing with AutoIt (under Windows) and create a Hotkey for it (here, it's Ctrl + Alt + x):

HotKeySet("^!x", "split_tab")
Func split_tab()

I always have an additional application like this running in the background, offering useful keyboard shortcuts which automate and simplify tasks.

Alternatively, you can hit Ctrl + L instead of F6, which would be substantially easier as your hand does not have to leave the home row.

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Hi Johannes, welcome to Super User! We generally speak English here, so I took the liberty of translating your answer. – slhck Sep 22 '11 at 10:20
@slhck: Oh thanks, I'm sorry... business blindness ;-) – Samoth Sep 22 '11 at 13:40
wish this was built in! the disadvantage of this group of commands is it doesn't save your scroll position. – Damon Sep 5 '13 at 20:44
Well, that might be possible to preserve with some more code... I ain't got Chrome installed here, so I can't test this any more. But It shouldn't be much of a problem to read and set the vertical scroll bar position. – Samoth Sep 6 '13 at 5:39
Or use Alt + D instead of Ctrl + L as their proximity is higher. – Benjamin Feb 24 at 9:17

With the Vimium extension for Chrome, Shift+W will move the current tab to a new window.

This was added in version 1.43 (2013-05-18), Vimium on GitHub.

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Must have been added in a version newer than 27 as it is not present in that version. – Dan D. Apr 24 '14 at 16:19
Not sure if this is actually part of Chrome itself, but it works for me with Vimium installed. – sjy May 22 '14 at 8:33
This shortcut isn't indeed part of Google Chrome but was introduced in Vimium v1.43 (2013-05-18). – Franck Dernoncourt Nov 2 '14 at 15:36

The easiest way to do this is to add the Tab To Window Keyboard Shortcut extension.

Personally I use Vimium and had just found the Shift+W and was loving it, since Ctrl+W closes a tab, having Shift+W open it in an new window made sense.

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If you use voice recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Windows/Mac, non-free), you can create the voice command:

Sub Main
    SendKeys "^l"
    SendKeys "^c"
    SendKeys "^w"
    SendKeys "^n"
    SendKeys "^v"
    SendKeys "{ENTER}"
End Sub

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Annoyingly this reloads the page, which is not good in some situations, e.g. if the page contains a form you have started to fill.

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There doesn't appear to be a keyboard short cut built in. Maybe auto-hot-keys can be used, but I'm not familiar with them. I'm also assuming that you already know that dragging the tab out creates the tabs own window.

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Ya, I know that dragging does that. I just wanted to see if there was a way to do it without the mouse. – Stephen Aug 31 '10 at 19:13

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