According to https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/157179?hl=en-GB, the keyboard shortcut to open a tab in a new window is:

Drag a tab out of the tab strip.

which doesn't seem like a keyboard shortcut at all to me.

Is there really a shortcut for this action?

  • Ctrl+n - Open new Chrome window? – DavidPostill Apr 22 '15 at 8:57
  • @DavidPostill: That opens an entirely new tab in a new window, but I'm trying to open my current tab in a new window. That is, I'm trying to move the tab to a new window. – z12345 Apr 22 '15 at 9:05

Don't think there is a native way of doing that in Chrome.

However there is an Chrome extension specifically for that – Tab to Window Keyboard Shortcut.

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    There seems to be no built-in solution so I'll take this as the best answer, as it does the right thing with one keypress. Thanks @konpyuta. – z12345 Apr 28 '15 at 9:17
  1. Close current tab CTRL+W
  2. Open new window CTRL+N
  3. Re-open recently closed tab CTRL+ShiftT
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  • Have you tried this? It doesn't work for me, the new window opens but when you restore the closed tab, it re-opens in the original window instead of the new one. – Zach Apr 22 '15 at 15:21
  • When you open new window, is it in focus? I'll be back at my desk in a few hours so can test then. – fswings Apr 22 '15 at 15:23
  • Just to add I've closed chrome entirely before, restarted it and the done the recently closed tab trick before. Will check. – fswings Apr 22 '15 at 15:24
  • the new window had focus but it still open the previously closed tab back in the existing window it was closed from. – Zach Apr 22 '15 at 15:27
  • Well I tried this on my Linux Mint laptop and it didn't work. I've missed something here as I'm convinced it did at some point - but perhaps I'm mis remembering. – fswings Apr 28 '15 at 23:37

I don't believe there is a single command for that. You might try using something like AutoHotKey to automate the several individual commands involved in copying the url (alt+d, ctrl+c), closing the original tab (ctrl+w), opening the new window (ctrl+n) and then pasting the url (ctrl+v).

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As mentioned, there doesn't seem to be a shortcut for popping the current tab out to a new window. But you can try clicking on the address bar then hitting Shift + Enter or shift-click a link.

The former duplicates the current tab in a new window. The latter opens the selected link in a new window. (Validated on Mac OSX 10.10.)

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Here are the keyboard shortcuts on a Mac:

  1. Select the URL of the current page CMD + L
  2. Copy the URL CMD + C
  3. Close the current tab CMD + W
  4. Open a new Chrome browser window CMD + N
  5. Paste the copied URL CMD + V
  6. Go to the pasted URL ENTER
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