Shrink Tabs in Chrome With the Pin Tab Feature

If you’re anything like us, then chances are your web browser currently has a minimum of 37 tabs open at this very moment. Unfortunately, when you have that many tabs open, managing them can become quite a hassle. Tabs are inadvertently closed or otherwise get lost in a sea of open pages.

To help make managing tabs, and your online life, a little easier, Google added an oft overlooked, but convenient feature that allows you to pin tabs to the tab bar. Pinning tabs not only shrinks them down to the size of a favicon, but also eliminates the close button, which prevents closing tabs by accident.

Follow the our quick how-to to learn how to pin your tabs and start surfing with ease.

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  1. With your innumerable tabs open, find the tab you’ll be using throughout your browsing session and right click on it.

  2. From the drop down menu select Pin tab.

    Your tab should shrink to the size of a favicon and the Close button should disappear.

Unfortunately, pinned tabs are permanent. So if you close the window your tab is sitting it, you’ll close the pin too.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. Somebody Says:

    I always browse with just favicon tabs, it allows consistent tab placement (no shifting around as more are added/removed). Also the visual cue is easier to recognize than reading the text which become smaller anyway as more are added. Also as more are added, the close button can be pressed by accident. (Google needs to address these basic usability issues with tabs).

    In the meantime there are a couple of extensions “Auto Pin URL” and “URL Pinner” that pins all tabs automatically, just config it to pin ALL URLs with “:” or “/’ since that char is all URLs.

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