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Is there a keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab in Google Chrome?

I've read through all the replies in the Google Chrome Forum thread, but there's no hope there.

The only hope I get from that page is:

Next update for Chrome should definitely include a duplicate shortcut.

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shortcut now available. see my answer below. – cwd Apr 6 '13 at 17:29

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There is not currently a keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab in Google Chrome (see a list of keyboard shortcuts). However, it looks like Chrome may soon enable support for extensions to duplicate tabs, which means you might soon be able to find a Chrome extension that can duplicate a tab through a keyboard shortcut. Currently, all of the extensions that show up in the store don't preserve history.

Non-keyboard-wise, there are two ways you can duplicate a tab: either middle-click on the refresh button, or right-click on a tab and choose "Duplicate" from the menu:

Chrome screenshot

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Weird it doesn't work for me on my new mouse. – Pacerier Mar 12 '12 at 8:12
Middle click on refresh works in Firefox, too! – Rob Apr 19 '12 at 14:44
on mac try the bettertouchtool - this is working for me to simulate middle click with track pad, so i can use the refresh button trick – chrismarx May 4 '12 at 17:13
On a magic mouse or trackpad, you can use ⌘ + click on the refresh button. – Lance Fisher Jun 7 '12 at 23:44
@LanceFisher, It doesn't work on Windows. – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 21:13

The Duplicate Tab Shortcut Key extension allows native duplicate tab functionality with a customizable shortcut key.

Using the extension allows you to duplicate a tab with the browser's built in functionality so the history is preserved and the page isn't reloaded.


The tab key is customizable using Chrome's API - the extension doesn't just monitor each tab's DOM for the shortcut key event as some of the other extensions do.

The extension comes with fairly thorough documentation.

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+1, Good solution, but I'd rather not install an extension for a simple functionality when a simpler alternative (the usual "right click -> duplicate") exist. – Pacerier Jun 9 '15 at 8:23

You can just press Alt+D then Alt+Enter. You don't even need to let go of the Alt key.

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That is not the same as a true duplicate. It reloads the page whereas a true duplicate doesn't (if we scroll halfway through the page, we need to re-scroll) – Pacerier Mar 17 '13 at 5:18
The "history" (back and forward state) and scroll state are not duplicated – Pratik Butani Jul 24 '14 at 7:29
@PratikButani, The post state too (the one whereby you can resubmit on refresh). – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 21:19

I wrote a simple script for autohotkey if anyone is interested. Just paste this into notepad and save as "scriptname.ahk" then double click it (make sure you have autohotkey installed)

!t is alt+t, change it to whatever shortcut you need

Send {Esc}
MouseGetPos, X, Y
MouseClick, M, 75, 45,,0
MouseMove, X, Y, 0

edit: sorry put this little line before it to only have this work in chrome so it doesn't mess up your other shortcuts

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_0
Send {Esc}
MouseGetPos, X, Y
MouseClick, M, 75, 45,,0
MouseMove, X, Y, 0
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Maybe you can use the Smoothe Mouse Gestures add on to create a shortcut with a mouse gesture.

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I read this question yesterday, and have just found a possible solution, that doesn't require a plugin, though it is not a keyboard shortcut as your question asked!

If you middle click (push the scroll wheel down) on the back button this opens a new tab with the same history, admittedly you are one step back in your history, but it is a duplicate.

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read Jared Harley's ans – Pacerier May 19 '11 at 6:55

It can be done as follows:

CTRL + L (Takes the cursor to the address bar)
ALT + ENTER (Opens a new tab with this url)

This looks as a good work around to me..

I referred: for this solution.

Hope it helps!!!

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This isn't a true duplicate. For example, if you scrolled halfway through the document, the state isn't saved. – Pacerier May 14 '13 at 12:33
whatever it's better than to do it with mouse – Копать_Шо_я_нашел Jul 1 '15 at 6:55

You may try F6 and press Alt+Enter.

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This only creates a new page, the "history" (back and forward state) and scroll state are not duplicated – Pacerier Jul 24 '14 at 7:12
ALT+D+Enter is also same work. – Pratik Butani Jul 24 '14 at 7:27

The address bar select + enter trick on OS X (not a "true duplicate", but close enough for me):


Thanks to

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I just click the Location/Address to select the whole thing, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-T to open a new tab, click in the new Location/Address, Ctrl-V to paste, and Enter to load a copy.

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but that doesn't preserve the history and everything else. it effectively on opens a new tab with the current page (unlike duplicate tab) – Pacerier May 17 '11 at 6:12
sorry, but this isn't an answer to the question. it's not a duplicate. A duplicate retains history, position, etc. And it adds more steps. If the OP didn't want to save steps (at least 3 steps that you've described), then right-click > duplicate on the tab is much faster and less steps in the first place. – Flak DiNenno Jul 14 '14 at 18:13

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