Update 3: There is a new experimental flag to give the tab search window a fixed location.
Enable Tab Search fixed entrypoint: Enable the Tab Search feature in Top Chrome UI having a fixed button position. – Chrome OS#enable-tab-search-fixed-entrypoint
This places the tab search panel next to the minimize icon on the top-right corner.
Update 2: The keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + E now works.
Update: Tab Search for Chrome is now available on the Canary channel of Chrome OS. Here is a first look:
Here is how this search bar looks like:
Google Chrome will soon get a built-in tab search. With a keyboard shortcut, ctrl (Cmd on Mac) + shift + e, you will be able to search open tabs in Chrome.
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Can You Search Open Tabs Now?
Yes and no. There is no default way to do this. There are Chrome extensions available for you to add this feature. There are workarounds that use the “Omnibox tab switch suggestions” feature to search open tabs.
However, there is no built-in feature or a keyboard shortcut to easily search for your open tabs.
This is changing.
Search Tabs – Ctrl + Shift + E
A new code commit that I spotted today talks about adding a keyboard shortcut to search open tabs.
This feature is coming to all desktop platforms. This means, you will be able to search open Chrome tabs on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.
“Tab Search: Setup keyboard shortcut”
“Setup ctrl (cmd on Mac) + shift + e as tab search keyboard shortcut for all desktop platforms”
This feature is not live on the Canary channel yet. I will try out this keyboard shortcut in future Chrome OS and Chrome versions and update this article when this feature is ready.
How many tabs do you keep open?
My open tabs usually do not go beyond a dozen. However, it is not the same for everyone. I have friends who always have dozens of Chrome tabs open all the time.
If you are such a heavy tab user, this will be a useful feature for you. So, how many tabs do you have open now? Let me know in the comments section.
Most of the Chrome features land on Edge as well these days. Hence, it is safe to assume that you will see this feature working on Microsoft’s new Edge browser too.
What do you think?