I'm so sick of mistakenly pulling my Chrome tabs out of the tab list when i click on it, and having it open in a new window. I'm always pulling them off, then having to drop them back.

Does anyone know of a way to disable this 'feature' of Chrome?

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    +1 This wrecks my head but I can't find a solution. It seems to be part of Google's strategy to turn Chrome more application driven. – slotishtype Jun 22 '11 at 22:35
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    Would be nice if you had to hold a modifier and then click and drag (or could configure it as such) – mindless.panda Jun 22 '11 at 23:26
  • Just looked at it - IE 9 has some options for the tab handling, but Chrome has nothing. Saying that all current browsers seem to have the option by default and non-disablable (is there such a word?) – Taavi Jun 24 '11 at 22:18
  • There is Enable Tab Browser Dragging option in chrome://flags/, the problem is that it doesn't do anything; Tab Dragging is enabled by default and can't be disabled. – amiregelz Nov 5 '12 at 20:49
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    In Chrome flags there is enable-fullscreen-in-tab-detaching (chrome://flags/#enable-fullscreen-in-tab-detaching) for Mac only, but it does not seem to work. – dux2 May 4 '17 at 10:30

I looked around a bit and it seems the option to disable this does not exist. So this is not exactly the answer to disable this feature, but you can:-

-Use ctrl + tab and to move forward through the tabs of chrome 
-Use ctrl + shift + tab to move back through the tabs of chrome 
-Use ctrl + <tab no:> (eg : ctrl + 5 for the 5th tab) to jump to a tab in chrome

If you do get a hang of these shorcut keys (I know I did) you will never have the problem of pulling chrome tabs out of the tabs list.

-Oh and using ctrl + w closes a tab
-using ctrl + t opens a new tab and
-the F6 function key takes you to the omnibox. (address bar)
  • The reason we pull tabs is to have a referential page side by side or on another monitor. While FF reopens all 'windows' upon crash or close, Chrome grandly only opens the last window closed. So if we accidentally close the window with all our pinned tabs, we end up with a clean (unwanted) slate when we reopen Chrome, whether it has crashed or not and have to re-do all our pinned tabs again. – killjoy Aug 9 '17 at 17:11
  • just wanted to add: ctrl + pgup previous tab; ctrl + pgdn next tab – Luuk May 11 '19 at 14:52
  • @killjoy Settings → History → Recently Closed will list recently-closed tabs (or entire groups of tabs) in the event you accidentally close an entire window full of tabs. – Matt Jul 25 '19 at 14:58
  • @Matt If I wanted to painfully open each tab I would just do it with the 1-shot Ctrl+H; But Chrome seems to have fixed this bug and it now opens all sessions...so joy! Also it now very politely even asks 'Would you like to open your last session' ? Of course the joy will be short-lived; when the Gods@Google decide to pull the plug on that feature as they do to every other nice-to-have-feature in the past decades – killjoy Jul 26 '19 at 19:07

I'm sure there is a way to do exactly what you want, but I don't know it. Here is a possible work around.

upper right under the X click ⫶ towards the end of the list click "settings" scroll down to the bottom and choose "Open a specific page or set of pages" paste all the url's you want to automatically load when you open chrome

In addition you can adjust your mouse and or touchpad settings, like sensitivity and how fast the mouse moves in response to your touch. It sounds like your struggling with your cursor. tap windows key, type mouse or touchpad and that will pull up your settings for that.


This bothered me as well quite some time. Maybe give the Windows To Tabs plugin a shot, it gives you the ability to merge all open chrome windows as tabs into one window. It does not prevent you from pulling tabs out, but at least lets you reverse the action.


I've used well the "pin tab" function for tabs that I want "in place".

Also, in your place, I'll try to do my mouse a little less sensitive/responsive for the press/click, or the reaction time before click to the move with button pressed, or touch-pad for taps.

Just some ideas, out of Chrome, which, honestly, I don't think will soon (if ever) change this behavior.


The only time I accidentally peel off a tab is when I am trying to reorder tabs in a window with multiple tabs open. Yes, it is annoying and there should be a way to turn that off.

A solution to this: use keyboard shortcuts rather than drag and drop to move tabs. For example:

Move tab left: Ctrl Shift Page Up

Move tab right: Ctrl Shift Page Down

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