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You know how when you get to 10+ tabs open in your browser (in this case Chrome) and you can't tell which tab is which anymore? I'm sure there are some good extension or something - what's the best solution to this problem?

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you can identify some of them, obviously, via the favicons. –  studiohack May 30 '11 at 23:46
yeah but if i have 20 links on the site open, that's not much help –  kenwarner May 30 '11 at 23:47
I know, just had to state the obvious. –  studiohack May 30 '11 at 23:51
Looks like you are using older version of chrome –  user May 31 '11 at 6:26
@crucified it's just a screenshot i grabbed off google image search –  kenwarner May 31 '11 at 9:07

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Hitting Shift+Esc brings up the Chrome task manager, and then you can double click on the title of whatever tab you need.

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oh yeah, i totally forgot about that. great out of the box solution too –  kenwarner May 31 '11 at 0:00

Install TabsOutliner extension -

The ultimate windows & tabs manager for Chrome:

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Not only it is show all the tabs and windows, it allow to add notes to them, freely reorganize everything, rescue all of this on Chrome crashes and give possibility to unload tabs without deleting them from tree - "in place" - very cool and handy, a lifesaver for me, and for any other tab addict.

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

I've been using the Quick Tabs extension for a while, does a good job.

Quick Tabs

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This one would have been perfect if it weren't so slow :( –  andrecarlucci Mar 31 '14 at 14:36
i've been using… which is a pretty similar solution. maybe won't be as slow for you? –  kenwarner Mar 31 '14 at 14:38
Just installed it, it works nice. –  GnrlBzik Feb 24 at 16:12

Mac OS X (with trackpad)

In the search bar write:


and click enter. Now enable Tab Overview.

Tab Overview

A three-finger swipe will now reveal something like this:

More tabs

Here's 20 tabs for good measure:

20 tabs

It works really well. I can't browse without it these days.

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Do you know if there's any way to use this in Windows? –  nhinkle May 31 '11 at 7:44
@nhinkle: Not sure sorry. It'd be a shame if it didn't work in Windows. I've only tried in OS X. –  boehj May 31 '11 at 9:01
@nhinkle There doesn't seem to be AFAIK –  Ivo Flipse May 31 '11 at 9:51
Looks useful, but sadly this doesn't work on Mountain Lion.!topic/… –  aimango Dec 23 '12 at 4:21
I cant find this option in yosemite –  Matt Jun 10 at 18:56

The Chrome extension called Vimium will let you search and go to any of your open tabs if you press T, amongst many other things that it can do.

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Type about:flags into the address bar, and then enable Side Tabs:

Adds a "Use Side Tabs" entry to the tab strip's context menu. Use this to toggle between tabs on top (default) and tabs on the side. Useful on widescreen monitors.

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I was not able to find any "Side Tabs" menu in the latest chrome versions. Can you elaborate your method a little more. Thanks! –  manav m-n Oct 7 '13 at 6:44
It looks like this experimental feature was dropped at some point. –  James B Nov 10 '13 at 11:19
I can't find this option –  Matt Jun 10 at 18:59

This works in all versions of Chrome, on Mac, Linux and Windows:


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No need to install any extension, and you can also search in the tab names - great when you have many tabs. To open a tab, just click Inspect.

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I know this wasn't in the original question, but is there a way to open the tab from the Inspect Pages page? –  wisbucky May 1 at 11:16
@wisbucky: of course, you click Inspect. (You can close the Inspect side bar by pressing F12 on Windows or Cmd + Opt + I on Mac). –  Dan Dascalescu May 1 at 20:53
Ah, I found the issue. It doesn't switch tabs if Chrome Developer Tools is undocked. After I redocked CDT, then this method worked. –  wisbucky May 2 at 0:49
"Yuck", unfortunately it opens the entire inspect element screen over my screen and many more keystrokes required, but OK for extensionless. –  David d C e Freitas May 7 at 19:49
This was very useful to me for getting a text list of all of the tabs open in Chrome. Use it after teaching a class and opening a bunch of tabs to collect that list for easily sharing. Thanks –  justinxreese Sep 1 at 21:26

Maybe this is what you are looking for. It searches through all of your open tabs across multiple windows. Have a look!

Tab Hero for Chrome

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