Open New Tabs By Dragging Links And Text To Chrome's Tab Bar

Many of us probably right-click on links to open them in new tabs or search for text on Google. Reader hackbreaker shows us another quick way: just drag links or text to the tab bar.

Most people probably know that if you drag a link up to Chrome's tab bar, an arrow shows up that lets you load that link as a new tab (or into a current one) in any position you want.

But what most people probably don't know is that it works with text, as well. Dragging the words "Digital Painting" to the tab bar opens up a new tab that immediately performs a search for those two words (typically in Google, but it uses whatever your default search is set to).

True, less mouse movement is involved if you right-click and select the "Search Google for '...'" option, but those of us who keep our tabs in a particular order will enjoy the new-found control.

I didn't even know about the first tip, actually (though I'd be willing to bet it's somewhere on Lifehacker. The first tip also works in Firefox, and while dragging text to the tab bar doesn't, Firefox will let you drag text to the address bar and hit Enter. Not quite the same, but it'll get you by.


Comments

    In firefox, you can drag text to the search box. If, like me, you've set up the search box to always open a new tab it's a handy way of googling text.

    I really missed this when switching to Chrome so it's nice to know I can drag text to the tab bar...

    To open new tabs in Chrome (or Firefox) I usually click the scroll wheel. Need it for this website as I read just about every article.

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