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Search for Open Browser Tab in Chrome browser

Are you looking for a browser tab from all the open tabs in the Chrome browser? Learn how to search for a tab in the large list of open tabs.

Google Chrome offers a tab search feature that allows users to search for a browser tab from the list of open and recently closed tabs.

You can use the built-in ‘Search Tabs’ to look up the page title or URL in the browser tab. Alternatively, use the keypress shortcut Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + A to invoke the ‘Search Tabs’ field to find the desired tab.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to search for open browser tabs in Google Chrome.

Search the Open Tabs in Chrome on a Computer

Google Chrome offers different methods to search tabs on its computer browser. You can choose any preferred method to help you find the browser tabs.

Method 1: Search Tabs using the Keyboard Shortcut

One of the easiest ways to open the Search Tabs is using the keyboard shortcut.

Keypress Ctrl + Shift + A for Windows and Cmd + Shift + A for Mac to invoke the Search Tabs pop-up screen in Chrome browser.

Within the search field, enter the tab name you’re looking for.

Method 2: Search a Tab with the Toolbar option

A Search Tabs option is on the extreme right side of the tabs bar or toolbar with the down-facing bracket angle. Click on the option to launch the search menu with a list of open and recently closed tabs.

Search Tabs option in Toolbar on Chrome computer browser

You can search with the tab name or URL and click on the result to open the tab.

Method 3: Search Tabs using Chrome Actions

The Chrome actions are another way to search for the open tab without leaving the address bar field. You type in @tabs in the address field and keypress the Tab button to change the address bar into the tab search bar.

Chrome Actions Search Tabs from Address bar in Chrome browser

Now enter the term or name of the tab you’re looking for, and the search bar will display the matching open tabs. Select any result to switch that particular open tab.

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Note: Chrome Actions with @tabs will only look up for matching open or active browser tabs. It will not check for history or recently closed tabs.

Search a Tab in Chrome app on Android

Unfortunately, there is no search tabs option in Chrome for Android, you can use the browsing history as an alternative to searching for open and recent tabs.

Method 1: Search Tabs using Browsing History

The browser history has all the browsing information you’ve opened in a tab or previously closed. You can easily look up the mobile browsing history to search tabs. Here are the steps to do:

  1. Launch the Chrome app on mobile.
  2. Tap on More vertical 3-dots icon for the options menu
  3. Select the History menu from the list
  4. Tap the Search icon on the History page to look up tabs and history.
    Search Browsing History on Chrome Mobile browser

All the history, recently closed tabs, and pages matching the term will be displayed. You can tap to open the desired tab.

Search Tab using the Search in Chrome on iPhone

The Chrome browser for iPhone does have the option to search tabs under the Tab button option. Tap on the Tabs icon multi tab icon to view all open tabs in grid view, and you will see the Search icon at the top.

Search Tabs option in Chrome for iPhone

Tap on the Search icon and lookup for the tab name, it will display only the matching tab results to select and open.

Search Tabs matching results and suggested option in Chrome iOS

There are also Suggestions to look up the tab search term on the web, recent tabs, and browsing history.

The Chrome developer should add the search tabs feature even on Android, just like the iPhone browser. It is a helpful feature for those with many open tabs running in the browser.

Bottom Line

The Search Tabs is quite a helpful feature that allows us to search for the open and recently closed tabs. The feature is available on desktop and iPhone, but it’s not available for Android phones.

You can easily search the browser tab using the page title name or website’s URL address to find the tab.

Alternatively, you can use the Chrome tab groups feature to collate and categorize similar open tabs as groups for easy tab management instead of searching.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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