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How to switch tabs in a full screen Chrome browser

Putting Chrome in full screen mode is a great way to maximize screen real estate, but it hides tabs. It’s annoying that moving the mouse to the top of the screen doesn’t show them either. There are other ways to switch tabs.

Unlike Microsoft Edge , Mozilla Firefox and other browsers, Google Chrome does not show tabs when you hover your mouse at the top of the screen in full screen mode. This is a strange oversight, but you don’t have to press F11 to get out of full-screen mode every time you want to switch tabs.

There are four keyboard shortcuts to know when it comes to switching tabs in Google Chrome.

For Windows, Chrome OS, and Linux, use these keyboard shortcuts

  • Ctrl + 1-8: use this keyboard combo to switch to a specific tab, numbered from the left. It only works for the first 8 open tabs.
  • Ctrl + 9: no matter how many tabs you have open, this will take you to the tab furthest from the left.
  • Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Page Down: switch to the next tab on the left.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + Page Up: switch to the next tab on the right.

On a Mac, use these shortcuts:

  • Command + 1-8: use this keyboard combo to switch to a specific tab, numbered from the left. It only works for the first 8 open tabs.
  • Command + 9: no matter how many tabs you have open, this will take you to the tab furthest from the left.
  • Command + Option + Right Arrow : switch to the next tab on the left.
  • Command + Option + Left Arrow : switch to the next tab on the right.

Numbered chrome tabs.

All you have to do is use these shortcuts to move between tabs. You can get an idea of ​​how the tabs are numbered in the image above. It requires remembering where your tabs are, which can be difficult when you can’t see them at all, but it works.

We’re really not sure why Chrome doesn’t behave like other browsers in full-screen mode, but at least it has options. Now you can go and fix some of Chrome’s other annoyances .

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