Is it possible to make tabs in Chrome more compact? Particularly the pinned tabs.
This is what Chrome vs. Firefox looks like on my machine:
The width of pinned tab is hard-coded in Chromium sources to 61 pixels (in 2011 it was set to 53 pixels).
So you have two options:
AFAIK, the tabs shape is the main reason for the space they occupy. Since the ones used by Google Chrome have a trapezoid shape, and the ones from Firefox are rectangular, Firefox saves more space with the same amount of tabs.
As one can see from the source code, constants for inset and control points for tab shape are defined in the
at least until the present date.
The solution could be changing the values and compiling the Google Chrome every time a new release comes out. But I don't see any gain at this.
You could also try a tabbed, tiling window manager, if you can find one. That is the right way to do it™. I'm not sure if any such program exists for windows. On Linux there are several to choose from including Ion. Ion does not quite replicate the functionality of browser tabs, but it could be modified to do so; and as I said, this is the right way to do it™; a tabbed tiling window manager gives consistent tab functionality across all your windowed programs.
The only tiling window manager I've tried under MS Windows is dwm-win32. It might not give you any joy, but could be used to get a column of tabs down the right side of the screen. In some ways, that would be a better place to put them.
And, not so seriously, you could buy a monitor with high resolution, or perhaps one of the new macs with 'retina display' (you can run Linux and Windows on it too). That is not the cheapest solution!
edit: I removed a few useless suggestions and rearranged this answer.