How to Pin a Tab in Google Chrome


When working with many browser tabs open, switching between them can be a pain. The “Pin Tab” function helps to solve this problem. It’s a long-standing feature in many popular web browsers – Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc.

Pinning tabs helps locate essential web pages in your browser. Pinned tabs take up less space than a normal tab, and they also survive a browser restart (assuming they’re on the last browser window you close). This tutorial explains how to pin a tab in Google Chrome. You’ll also learn all the other stuff about setting up and using Chrome’s “Pin Tab” feature.

Pin and unpin tab using mouse or trackpad

Open Chrome, right-click on the tab and select Pin.

You can also right-click on the tab and press P on your keyboard. Chrome will highlight the Pin in the menu. Hurry Walk in/Come back to pin the tab.

Chrome will move the tab to the “Pinned area” of the tab bar. Pinned tabs hide the page title and only display the website icon on the thumbnail. Also, pinned tabs are smaller (square-shaped) than unpinned tabs with page titles.

To unpin a tab, right-click the tab in the pinning area and select Detach.

(Re)arrange pinned tabs

Google Chrome arranges tabs from left to right in the order you pinned them. The first tab you pin remains pinned to the left edge of the tab bar while subsequent pinned tabs snap to the right.

You can always rearrange pinned tabs in the pinning area. Google Chrome does not support moving or positioning pinned tabs outside of the pinning area.

To move a pinned tab, click on the tab and drag it to your preferred position in the pinning area.

Pinning or grouping tabs: what’s different

Google allows you to group tabs in the Chrome browser. Grouping tabs organizes your tab bar and makes it easier to find tabs. You can create any group to help you stay better organized. For example, you can create a group of tabs to search for a project and another for “entertainment” apps like Netflix or Hulu. You can also create different tab groups for different priority tabs (like things you need to take care of immediately and things that can wait).

Unlike pinned tabs, Chrome does not move grouped tabs to the left side of the tab bar. Instead, the browser classifies and color-codes the tab in a new section of the tab bar. You can also name or title grouped tabs.

Here’s how to put tabs into groups in Google Chrome.

  1. Press and hold Control Where Ordered (on Mac computers) and select the tabs you want to group. Chrome should highlight all selected tabs.
  2. Right-click one of the selected tabs and select Add tabs to the new group.
  1. Give the group a name and select a color code or preferred theme for the group. Hurry Walk in Where Come back proceed.
  1. You should now see the tab group in Chrome’s tab bar. Select the grouped tab to expand and display the tabs in the group. Select the group again to collapse the group.
  1. To remove a tab from the group, expand the group, right-click the tab, and select Remove from group.

Dragging a tab out of the group is another quick way to remove a tab from a group. You can also add a tab to an existing group by dragging it into the group.

  1. To split the group into individual tabs, right-click on the group title/name and select Ungroup.
  1. The “Close Group” option deletes the group and closes all member tabs. Right-click the group title and select Close group to split the group and close tabs within the group.

You cannot pin a tab group. However, Chrome allows you to pin individual tabs within a group. When you pin a tab in a group, Chrome moves the tab from the group to the pinning area.

Pin tab using a keyboard shortcut

Google Chrome does not have a built-in keyboard shortcut for pinning and unpinning tabs. However, you can manually create a keyboard shortcut using a third-party Chrome extension.

  1. Visit the Shortcuts (Custom Keyboard Shortcuts) page on the Chrome Web Store and select Add to Chrome.
  1. Select Add extension.

Proceed to the next step when Chrome successfully installs the extension.

  1. Type or Paste chrome://extensions in the address bar and press Walk in (on Windows PCs) or Come back (on Mac).
  2. Select the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner of the “Extensions” page.
  1. Select Keyboard shortcuts.
  1. Scroll down to the “Keyboard shortcuts (custom keyboard shortcuts)” section. Next, select the pencil icon next to the dialog box in the Pin/unpin tab line.
  1. Press the key combination you want to assign to pinned and unpinned tabs. For instance, CTRL + P Where Gap + P. For this tutorial, we will register Control + P as a shortcut to pin and unpin Chrome tabs on our macOS laptop. Finally, set the following drop-down menu option to In Chromium.

You should now be able to use the new keyboard shortcut to pin and unpin tabs in Chrome. One last thing you need to do is configure the Shortkeys extension to work in incognito mode.

Chrome disables third-party extensions in incognito mode, so the shortcut won’t work when you open an incognito window. To pin browser tabs using keyboard shortcuts, enable the extension to work in incognito mode.

  1. Type or Paste chrome://extensions in the address bar and press Walk in Where Come back on your keyboard.
  2. Locate “Shortcuts (Custom Keyboard Shortcuts)” and select the Details button.
  1. Enable authorize in private navigation mode.

Your custom keyboard shortcut will now pin and unpin tabs in normal and incognito mode.

Open Chrome with a pinned tab

Google Chrome permanently fixes pinned tabs to tab bar. Unless you unpin or close pinned tabs, they will remain in the “pinned area” even when you close (and reopen) your browser. Grouped tabs and other regular tabs are closed.

However, note that you may lose pinned tabs in Chrome if you do not properly close the browser. If you keep multiple browser windows open, always close the window with the pinned tabs last.

If you are using a Mac computer, do not close Chrome by clicking the red icon in the upper left corner of the browser window. Instead, right-click Chrome on the Dock and select To leave. Alternatively, press and hold Ordered + Q about 3 seconds until the browser closes.

When you reopen Google Chrome, it will immediately open the browser with your pinned tabs.

Pin important tabs

If you can’t pin tabs, make sure you’re using the latest version of Google Chrome on your device.

Type or Paste chrome://settings/help in the address bar and press Walk in/Come back. Wait for Chrome to download the latest version of the browser.

You may need to close and reopen Chrome to install the update. See our Chrome update tutorial for more information.


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