What I liked about pinned tabs in Chrome was that when you entered a new URL in the address bar it opened in a new tab, leaving the pinned one unaffected. For some time now they don't do that. :( I'm wondering what are they for now? To have a smaller label? And that's it? What am I missing?
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Chrome remembers them during restarts. They don't have any close protection or new tab opening.
You can however make them somewhat permanent by adding command line switches to the Chrome shortcut.
Go into the shortcut's properties, then add the following line after the location in the "Target" box. Substitute x with the number of pinned tabs you want.
That will make the urls you put in load on startup as pinned tabs.