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What are Dynamic tabs in Google Chrome

written by: Airaj Fatimah•edited by: Aaron R.•updated: 1/19/2009

Dynamic tabs are one-step ahead of the tabs we normally use. With functionalities we could never have thought tabs were capable of, Google Chrome ensures once users get used to these tabs, there is no going back.

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    What are Dynamic tabs in Google Chrome and how to use them

    Tabs have become an integral part of every web browser and very popular among users worldwide. They use less memory and don’t affect the efficiency of a computer, as opening up a new browser window does. Google Chrome takes the functionality of Tabs to a new level by introducing Dynamic Tabs. Once users get used to the features of Chrome’s Dynamic Tabs, it might become a little frustrating to use the old static tabs of other browsers.

    To open a new tab in Google Chrome’s browser, click the plus icon next to an existing tab. The new tab acts somewhat like a history page. It will display the sites you visit the most, your recent bookmarks, your favorite search engines as well recently closed tabs. If you don’t want the new tab to display this information every time you open a new tab, you can change it by clicking on the wrench on the right of the address bar. Select Options, then under Homepage select the option Open this page. In the text box, type in the website you want opened or you can even type about: blank if you want a blank page. Close the options menu and the next time you open a new Chrome window, you will see the site you specified.

    You can drag a tab in Google Chrome to change the order. Just click the tab you want to shift and slide it to the position you want. This feature is very useful when you have many tabs opened and you want to keep the most important and often accessed ones in view.

    If we want to transfer a tab into its own window in other browsers, we have to open a new window and copy and paste the URL into the new window. Not in Google Chrome. Simply click and drag the tab out of the window and it will open up in its own browser window. You can reattach the tab back into the browser by simply clicking and dragging it back to the position you want. You can also drag a tab and attach it into a different window.

    Google Chrome also allows you to duplicate tabs. Right-click on an existing tab and select Duplicate. The duplicated tab will open up next to the original tab.

    There are even different ways to close tabs in Google Chrome (the things they come up with!). To close all tabs save one, right-click on the tab you want and select close other tabs. To close all tabs to the right of a certain tab, right-click on the tab and select close tabs to the right. When a new tab opens up a result of a link from another tab, they are called associated tabs. To close all associated tabs, right-click on tab and select close associated tabs.

    You can also a video about the functionality of Dynamic tabs at the Google Chrome website: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95622&hl=en

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    Dynamic tabs in Google Chrome

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