Is there any way to get Google Chrome to use multiple rows for tabs?

I haven't been able to find an extension, or a mention of this feature coming up in a future release.


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In short, you can't, and it doesn't seem to be coming. I'm guessing they're trying to teach you good tab management and to let make you play with the tab ripping. There are many alternative solutions to tab overload though. Take a look at TooManyTabs.

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    TooManyTabs seems like a pretty weird solution, but it could help. I'd rather have multliple rows. I guess extensions can't mess with the tab bar.
    – Neil
    Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 18:54
  • Extensions can't mess with the tab bar, yes. The Chrome extension framework is almost entirely iframes and javascript. I don't think Chrome will ever get multiple rows because 1) it would be a UI nightmare the way they designed it, and 2) there are two solutions out there already (vertical tabs, tab ripping)
    – digitxp
    Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 21:58
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    +1 for the vertical tabs! Except for some reason I cant scroll vertically at all when I get too many tabs... And there's no way to resize the tab bar horizontally so I can hardly read any of the titles :/
    – elwyn
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 3:22
  • Now, two years later, it's still does not seem to be coming. code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=132246 Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 22:37
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    Firefox it is then.
    – Triynko
    Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 16:39

Take a look at TabsOutliner extension. It gives you editable overview of all the windows and tabs in Chrome. Here is a screenshot:

TabsOutliner extension

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    I personally use tabsoutliner, but the developer's been requesting compensation with progressively more aggressive methods. Currently they want $15 to unlock some 'features' that were previously free, such as right clicking in the listing window and selecting "Save As" (Right click is now disabled... But Ctrl-S still works... >.< )
    – Kamilion
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 4:05
  • this one is better than TooManyTabs
    – Rick
    Commented Feb 18, 2023 at 4:41

A work around would be to use pin tabs. If you right click a tab and choose pin it will become a small button to the very left. Also, it'll stay there when you close your browser and open it again.

Doesn't solve the problem but you'll at least get a better overview of your tabs


Try Tab Groups Extension , it handles built in Chrome tab groups, and also allows for rules to be set (E.G. add anything containing Youtube or Netflix to "@Media" group). Great looking UI, only thing that is missing is Seach.

Also works great with Previous tab, as this one allows you to switch between current tab and last tab. Would be nice to have a longer tab history.

I also use Swith workstation as this is a sidebar that allows you to see your tabs grouped by source site. It allows you to close all Youtube tabs open for example. Would be nice if you had the option to close all except 1.


"tree style tabs" is a good alternative, I just miss a shortcut hotkey to open it instead of clicking on its icon.. also options to enlarge the list. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tree-style-tabs-beta/ffididlaalcoegfcalmeldjfnihmoech

I miss also at pin tabs, an option to make the pinned smaller, so there could have more!, the width of the page icon is good enough, actually it occupies twice that size :(


There's currently no way to get multiple rows of tabs, but I think the best alternative is tab groups. Just right click any of your tabs, and look for the "Add tab to group" option. I tend to use tab groups for all of the tabs that I rarely close.


I am not sure there a way currently for having rows of tabs in Chrome. However - If you want a way to view or search your open tabs then you can use a short cut

shift + cmd + a

this will bring a side bar where you can search and go to the tab you are interested. It will even list tabs that have been recently closed.


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