Chrome now allows you to reorder tabs with keyboard shortcuts

Linux users are able to change the order of tabs in Google Chrome for several years. Recently, Chrome devs added the same capability to the macOS version of the browser. But on Windows this option was totally missing. You could switch between tabs in Chrome for Windows using the keyboard, but couldn't reorder them. This has finally changed, and the change is already live in Chrome Canary.

The Canary version of the browser has received a new portion of code that finally enables you to sort tabs without touching your mouse.

Reorder tabs in Google Chrome using keyboard

Now you can use the following hotkeys:

  • Ctrl + Shift + Page Up - move the tab to the left in the tab row.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Page Down - move the tab to the right in the tab row.

The addition of these two new hotkeys is a welcome change and is a logical extension of the Chrome tab management. It already allows you to switch, open and close tabs from the keyboard.

Ctrl + T - open a new tab.

Ctrl + W - close the current tab.

Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl+ Page Up - switch to the next tab/cycle through tabs forth

Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + Page Down - switch to the previous tab/cycle through tabs back

Perhaps keyboard shortcuts are a thing for advanced users, but it is nice to see Google improving the browser in this direction.

There are other improvements that are coming to the browser. The team behind Chrome is working on the ability add notes to websites. They will be accessible in a convenient way in the side panel. Besides website notes, the side panel will soon host the simplified view of the open web page.

It replicates the reader view and opens when you select "Read anything" from the drop-down menu. Finally, Google is about to eventually bring an RSS Feed manager to the side panel.

Thanks to Leopeva64 for the tip.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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