Is there a keyboard short cut, or extension, that lets you rip a tab into a new window in Google Chrome instead of using the mouse?

  • IMHO: this really should be crtl+shift+u ('undock'), same as in Matlab... all of the solutions are annoying or at minimum dissatisfying Sep 28 '20 at 9:35

A workaround would be: Ctrl + L, + C, + W, + N, + V, and Enter.


F6, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + N, Ctrl + V, Enter and an optional Alt + Tab, Ctrl + W, Alt + Tab, to close the old tab.

You could automate the whole thing with AutoIt (under Windows) and create a Hotkey for it (here, it's Ctrl + Alt + x):

HotKeySet("^!x", "split_tab")
Func split_tab()

I always have an additional application like this running in the background, offering useful keyboard shortcuts which automate and simplify tasks.

Alternatively, you can hit Ctrl + L instead of F6, which would be substantially easier as your hand does not have to leave the home row.

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    Hi Johannes, welcome to Super User! We generally speak English here, so I took the liberty of translating your answer.
    – slhck
    Sep 22 '11 at 10:20
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    @slhck: Oh thanks, I'm sorry... business blindness ;-)
    – Samoth
    Sep 22 '11 at 13:40
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    Or use Alt + D instead of Ctrl + L as their proximity is higher.
    – Benjamin
    Feb 24 '15 at 9:17
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    Ha, at first I thought this was some fancy incantation, then while following noticed that it's just 'jump to loc bar, copy URL, close tab, open new window, paste URL, and nav'". Clever in its simplicity/straightforwardness/Ruby slippers-ness. ;^)
    – ruffin
    Jul 6 '18 at 12:34
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    -- Here is a Mac/hammerspoon version of the above AutoIt shortcut -- Only downside is it wipes the back history. -- superuser.com/questions/182720/… hs.hotkey.bind({"cmd", "ctrl"}, 'x', function() hs.eventtap.keyStroke({"cmd"}, "l") hs.eventtap.keyStroke({"cmd"}, "c") hs.eventtap.keyStroke({"cmd"}, "n") hs.eventtap.keyStroke({"cmd"}, "v") hs.eventtap.keyStroke({},"return") hs.eventtap.keyStroke({"cmd"}, "`") hs.eventtap.keyStroke({"cmd"}, "w") end)
    – thadk
    Aug 15 '18 at 20:25

With the Vimium extension for Chrome, Shift+W will move the current tab to a new window.

This was added in version 1.43 (2013-05-18), Vimium on GitHub.

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    Must have been added in a version newer than 27 as it is not present in that version.
    – Dan D.
    Apr 24 '14 at 16:19
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    Not sure if this is actually part of Chrome itself, but it works for me with Vimium installed.
    – sjy
    May 22 '14 at 8:33
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    This shortcut isn't indeed part of Google Chrome but was introduced in Vimium v1.43 (2013-05-18). Nov 2 '14 at 15:36
  • Since VIM is an extension in Chrome, this will work on all platforms. By default, you can start with the modifier keys ctrl + x or alt + x, then pressing shift + w to invoke this functionality.
    – cody.codes
    Dec 1 '17 at 16:10
  • Is there any way to do the opposite? I mean, move the tabs from a window to another existing window Oct 14 '21 at 1:13

On Mac you can add custom shortcuts for any menu option. The option to detach a tab is named "Move tab to new window" (it has to be written exactly as in the menu, including capitalization of letters), so just add this to the shortcuts under settings (and select Application Google Chrome): enter image description here

And then choose a shortcut, like Cmd+Shift+W or whatever (just make sure it's a unique combination, or it won't work).

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    This worked for me. I've mapped the menu item to alt+cmd+N. However, it looks like the 'Menu Title' field may be case sensitive, so I used "Move tab to new window" Sep 4 '20 at 8:16
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    This is the most native Mac solution suggested i.e. no additional software like Chrome extensions required, nice suggestion! Nov 12 '20 at 9:28
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    This is excellent. Update for Big Sur, which still works for me: Select 'Shortcuts' menu at top of Keyboard Settings. Select 'App Shortcuts' from left hand menu. Press the '+' button to add an app shortcut.
    – greg7gkb
    Mar 31 '21 at 16:52
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    OMG, you have forever changed my life. How did I not know about this? 💯 Apr 9 '21 at 21:23
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    Fantastic, worked for me in Catalina. Thanks! May 11 '21 at 20:00

No out-of-the-box solution, but here is an open-source chrome extension that does exactly that, Tab to Window/Popup.


Just press Cmd/Ctrl + L and then Shift + Enter. However this refreshes the site and does not close the old tab. Vimiums Shift + W won't refresh the page and closes the old tab.

  • This is better than the selected answer since it's just two commands
    – testing_22
    Oct 18 '21 at 13:12

There doesn't appear to be a keyboard short cut built in. Maybe auto-hot-keys can be used, but I'm not familiar with them. I'm also assuming that you already know that dragging the tab out creates the tabs own window.

  • Ya, I know that dragging does that. I just wanted to see if there was a way to do it without the mouse.
    – Stephen
    Aug 31 '10 at 19:13

The easiest way to do this is to add the Tab To Window Keyboard Shortcut extension. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tab-to-window-keyboard-sh/adbkphmimfcaeonicpmamfddbbnphikh?hl=en-GB

Personally I use Vimium and had just found the Shift+W and was loving it, since Ctrl+W closes a tab, having Shift+W open it in an new window made sense.


If you use voice recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Windows/Mac, non-free), you can create the voice command:

Sub Main
    SendKeys "^l"
    SendKeys "^c"
    SendKeys "^w"
    SendKeys "^n"
    SendKeys "^v"
    SendKeys "{ENTER}"
End Sub

enter image description here

Annoyingly this reloads the page, which is not good in some situations, e.g. if the page contains a form you have started to fill.

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