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How to Search for Browser Tabs in Chrome browser

Google Chrome offers a 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. Keypress shortcut Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + A to invoke the Search Tabs field to find the desired tab.

Quickly Search for an Open Tab in Chrome browser

If you’re a person who keeps the browser tab open and never close them, then it might be a cumbersome activity to find the tab that you’re looking for from the hundreds of open tab.

To ease this activity, Chrome has added the Search Tabs feature, allowing you to identify the tab using the page title or URL of the page.

The feature allows you to find both active or open tabs and recently closed tabs. And it’s available for all devices with multiple ways to search the right browser tab.

You must ensure that Google Chrome is updated with the latest version for the feature to be visible on your system browser.

Search Tabs on 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.

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.

Using 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.

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.

Search Tabs on Mobile

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.

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 3dots 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.

Using the Search Tab

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 Tabs 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 mobile browsers, but it’s not available for Android phones.

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

Now no more wasting time looking through endless tabs and windows cause now you know a smarter way to find a desired browsing tab.

Alternatively, you can use the 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 has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical; however, his passion for technology and gadgets has made him a digital & tech geek. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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