Google Chrome Is Changing How Tabs Work (But Don’t Freak Out)

An upcoming Chrome update is set to change what happens when you right-click on a tab. In all, four existing options will be removed completely in a bid to simplify the browsing experience. Here are the changes.

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The ability to open a new tab, close all other tabs, reopen a closed tab and bookmark all tabs are set to be removed from the right-click menu, reports Bleeping Computer. The impending removal was quietly broadcast to the developer community via Google’s latest Chrome 78 Canary update last night.

According to Google, the change will help to reduce clutter in the tab menu by removing the duplication of settings. While it’s true that you can access these commands via keyboard shortcuts and separate menus, the right-hand click is the go-to method for most Chrome users. The ability to reopen closed tabs will be especially missed, we feel.

On the plus side, you’ll have plenty of time to learn the relevant keyboard shortcuts before the changes come into effect. As Tom’s Guide notes, Chrome 78 is still a long ways off – we’re currently on Chrome 76 and Google typically only releases four major Chrome updates per year.

In other words, these changes aren’t likely to appear until sometime in 2020. (The shortcut you’re looking for is Ctrl + Shift + T, incidentally.)

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[Via Tom’s Guide]


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