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
  • I love this feature personally – Coops Apr 24 '13 at 14:11

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

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.

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