Scenario: I hit Ctrl+T to open a new tab, but I don't want it as the right-most tab, I want to slide it a few tabs to the left.

Can I do this using just the keyboard or do I have to use the mouse?

I can't see a shortcut here: Windows keyboard shortcuts - Chrome Help.

Something like Ctrl+Shift+Left would work nicely.

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    Ctrl+Shift+PageUp/PageDown ? Works on Linux.
    – ahilsend
    Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 10:54
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    Unfortunately not :( Damn I miss Linux Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 10:57
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    @ahilsend, Weird, why would it work on Linux if it doesn't work on Windows?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 8:28
  • @ahilsend I love you
    – wjandrea
    Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 5:42
  • @ahilsend It also works on Macs (as of September 2023). More info in my comment here. Commented Sep 1, 2023 at 22:42

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  • Great, it works. For some reason, this is not documented by Google in their help page on Chrome shortcuts at support.google.com/chrome/answer/157179?hl=en. Commented May 21, 2018 at 17:02
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    This only works on Linux unfortunately. You need to use the extension linked to in the other answer for Windows and MacOS.
    – paradroid
    Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 13:36
  • Works on OpenBSD's Chromium port. Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 5:21
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    Works on my Windows 10 OS. Commented Aug 25, 2022 at 17:33
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    Works for me in macOS too, yay!
    – David Cook
    Commented Jul 4, 2023 at 5:19

Current Solution [2019]

There aren't any built-in, but there are extensions that provides this functionality.

I'm now using this chrome extension (recommended): Rearrange Tabs

You do have to edit the settings by going to chrome://extensions/shortcuts and then changing the values as shown in this screen (if you want to match the Linux shortcuts).

How to customise your shortcuts

Happy days :)

Legacy extension (2015)

This is the original one (not updated since 2015): Keyboard Shortcuts to Reorder Tabs

You need to reload all tabs after installing it or it won't work.

  • The extension doesn't work on macOS Sierra though. Commented Mar 27, 2017 at 16:25
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    @LarsNyström I just added this: github.com/mohnish/rearrange-tabs works nicely on Sierra, and no need to reload your browser Commented May 8, 2017 at 10:57
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    @MMachinegun Nice, thank you! For new people here, MMachinegun's extension is not the same as the one in slugmandrew's answer. Here's a direct link to MMachinegun's extension in the Chrome Web Store: chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/rearrange-tabs/… Commented May 9, 2017 at 6:53
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    Except the ctrl-shift-page-up/down shortcuts seem to still only work on Linux, and the OP mentioned the Windows keyboard shortcuts help page, so that's presumably what they're looking for.
    – jdunning
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 23:29
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    Default keyboard shortcuts are: Move selected tab(s) Left: Mac(Ctrl+Shift+Left) Windows(Shift+Alt+Left) Move selected tab(s) Right: Mac(Ctrl+Shift+Right) Windows(Shift+Alt+Right) Move selected tab(s) to the Left-most Position: Mac(Ctrl+Shift+Down) Windows(Shift+Alt+Down) Move selected tab(s) to the Right-most Position: Mac(Ctrl+Shift+Up) Windows(Shift+Alt+Up) The shortcuts can be customized from chrome://extensions/shortcuts
    – ChrisB
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 2:04

If you don't want to use extensions, you can focus tabs using

  • F6, F6

Now you're in tab-selection mode, and can use the keyboard for a variety of tab-editing tasks.

  • Move cursor: Left or Right
  • Move tabs: Ctrl+Left or Ctrl+Right
  • Move to the beginning or end: Ctrl+Shift+Left or Ctrl+Shift+Right
  • Enter focuses the page.

This also works very nicely with tab groups:

  • Create new groups by pressing Menu,Down,Right,Enter,Name of group,Enter
  • You can move tabs into groups with Ctrl+Arrow
  • Expand or fold group by moving the cursor to the group label and press Enter
  • Change group settings by pressing Menu

I currently don't know of a way to select multiple tabs.

If you are remapping these shortcuts using AutoHotKey or macros, use Ctrl+L, Shift+F6 to focus tabs, and Ctrl+L, F6 to focus the page. These shortcuts work from anywhere, regardless of what is currently focused.

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    Great, Windows solution without need for extensions. I vote to make this the accepted answer.
    – Amio.io
    Commented Dec 22, 2020 at 7:51
  • this is the only correct answer here
    – Mithaldu
    Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 14:52
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    Nice! I didn't know you get a different focus when you press F6 twice.
    – Redsandro
    Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 0:16
  • Works on Linux as well !
    – Umer Abbas
    Commented Jun 28, 2021 at 4:52
  • Excellent! Note, when I tried it (on Windows), hitting Enter did not focus on the page. I had to hit F6 again, which worked. (unless you have something in the status bar at the bottom, in which case just hit F6 one more time) Commented Dec 16, 2021 at 16:57

No need to dedicate a whole extension just for this. The AutoControl shortcut manager for Chrome can do this easily.

For example, you can use Win+Left and Win+Right to move a tab to the left and right, as shown in the following screenshot:
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You could also use the scroll wheel instead of the arrow keys, as I do. You have lots of possibilities.

  • GREAT recommendation to eliminate one of the many quirks that make Chrome much inferior to Waterfox (IMHO). However, I still need to find why Shift is stolen from the whole Chrome system, if used with the shortcut. :-( Commented Apr 12, 2019 at 21:09
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    @CharlesRobertoCanato, What do you mean by "stolen"? You mean you found a bug?
    – Mercalli
    Commented Apr 12, 2019 at 21:27
  • Sorry for my poor English, @Mercalli. Yeah, there was some situation after I built my move tabs shortcut where Shift was not being recognized by any Chrome tab or window. However, I could not reproduce it. I deleted the shortcut and built it again, and all has worked as expected. Anyway, I remembered that Vimium also offers this specific feature, so for now I went back to it. But it was a great tip, really. Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 5:29
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    @CharlesRobertoCanato, I tried vimium as well but it had too many restrictions. It doesn't work on extension tabs or chrome:// tabs or error pages or Web Store tabs and so and so on. It also can't customize existing shortcuts. It's not a reliable shortcut extension in general. AutoControl doesn't have any of those problems.
    – Mercalli
    Commented Apr 18, 2019 at 22:30
  • Oh, I apologize I wasn't very clear - my fault, sorry @Mercalli - I went a bit off-topic. AutoControl felt like a great extension for customizing the browser itself, and does it very nicely, the action creation is great. Vimium is not restricted: it's great on customizing the browsing (where AutoControl is only reasonable), but that's just my use case (very rarely I need anything from chrome or store pages). However, AutoControl is still a great answer to the OP. Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 16:53

With Vimium C extension you can move tabs to left or right using the << (Shift + ,,) or >> (Shift + ..) keyboard shortcuts.


This extension does exactly that. Move tabs around with


No frills.


Just one problem CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT is used for text selection : ) in an input box or text area.


In addition to @Zikoat's answer, on a Mac, you can focus tabs by pressing Cmd+opt+Up/Down keys (F6 couldn't do if for me).

  • Move tab to the beginning or the end: Cmd+Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right

Ps: I don't have enough reputation to comment on the said answer, that's why I had to add an answer.


Yet another helpfull Chrome extension: Shortkeys (Custom Keyboard Shortcuts)

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