How do I switch tabs in Google Chrome without a mouse?

Much like Alt+Tab to change between windows.


Ctrl+Tab / Ctrl+Shift+Tab

This works in most MDI interface style applications as well.

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    Bam! That one was answer bait.
    – Nathaniel
    Oct 28 '09 at 1:20
  • the first goes to the next tab,the second chooses the previous one Oct 28 '09 at 1:22
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    @op Another useful key combo is Ctrl+w, which closes the currently active tab and activates the next tab to the left. I often prefer that to ctrl+shift+tab, but I use them both. You can also use ctrl+1-9, which gives you tabs 1-9 (sometimes 9 references final, I think). Nov 7 '12 at 7:58

Ctrl+PageUp and Ctrl+PageDown also work (on Windows).

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    Works on Linux as well.
    – daisy
    Sep 24 '12 at 9:07

You can also Cmd+1 or Ctrl+1 to switch to the first tab, Cmd+2 or Ctrl+2 to switch to the second, and so on.

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    Yes, also works in Windows with Ctrl.
    – sblair
    Oct 28 '09 at 1:55

I really wanted this feature myself, I have tried most existing extensions already available but none of them worked properly.

I went ahead and tried my hand at developing one myself and it seems to be working for me. Figured it might help others too.

Here is the link: CLUT: Cycle Last Used Tabs


A great way to jump to a specific tab is the new Switch to Tab Extension.

Install the extension, jump to address bar (CMD/CTRL+L), type SW + Tab, type your search term (e.g. mail), press enter to switch to the first result.

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