“Pin Tab” A Simple and Useful Google Chrome Tip

Here is a simple but useful time saving tip for Google Chrome users. Named “Pin Tab”, this feature lets you reduce the width of each tab, by showing only the favicon of the page, and not the page name. Read on to find out more!

Before we start, let me tell you what a favicon is, it is a small ( really small ) icon that will be shown next to the website’s name or webpage’s title, on each browser tab. ( provided, the website has its own favicon. ).

Pin Tab, when enabled, will show only this favicon image, and not the title of the page, and that will reduce the width of the tab, in to less than 1 Cm.

To enable this feature, all you need to do is, right click on the tab and select “Pin Tab” from the bottom. Since you can enable or disable this feature for individual tabs, you can actually pin some regularly used tabs like your email, and save some space.

There are so many uses for pin tabs. I use them to store things for later, say, an unfinished article, or something that I always want to come back and websites I need opened and stay there for the whole browsing time ( Feedly for example ).

I am sure you all have your own uses for Chrome Pinned Tabs. Be sure to share them in comments !!  Now,  I got one more thing I recently added to my list. I keep tabs pinned so that I will not accidentally close them. The “x” button will go off when you pin a tab, you will have to right click or use CTRL + W to close the tab.

I was watching a movie online recently. It took an hour for me to get it streamed fully because the source was really slow. I closed the wrong tab and there goes the my movie !!!

Next time when I do something of that kind, I will make sure that the tab is pinned …. will you ?

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • mapmanic 13/10/2009, 9:15 pm

    Chrome “Pin Tab” feature only available in development build as of 2009 Oct 13.

  • Travis G 29/10/2009, 1:40 am

    My Chrome browser doesn’t show this pin feature. Is it only for Dev channel subscribers?

  • chrome story 30/10/2009, 3:43 pm

    as the comment on the top says

    Chrome “Pin Tab” feature only available in development build as of 2009 Oct 13.

    but, it will soon be available for everyone else .. 🙂

  • Will 27/01/2010, 10:42 pm

    You could also just ‘slam’ the tab against the left of the tab-bar.

  • Leisureguy 09/02/2010, 1:03 am

    I have the dev build and used to have “Pin Tab” on the menu, but that’s now gone. Too bad. I did use it.

  • chrome story 12/02/2010, 8:17 pm

    Yes guys .. the pin tab is missing from dev version now…. I believe they are planning something better with it 😀

  • chrome story 26/02/2010, 4:38 pm

    Okay guys .. for those of you who reported pin tab missing from development versions .. its back now !! and with a nice zoom effect for mouse over !!!

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