You Want Sidebar Tabs in Chrome? Here’s How

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 by in Tutorials

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Many people have asked for the ability to move their tabs to the side in Google Chrome. This is a feature that first took off in Firefox, and fortunately the Chromium team has graciously put them into the early builds. Now, if you’re using Chrome 6 in the form of the development or canary builds, you can have sidebar tabs as well.

The first thing you need to do is add “–enable-sidebar-tabs” to your Chrome shortcut like this.

sidetabs1Open up Chrome again, and you can now right click on a tab and choose Use side tabs.

sidetabs2When I chose Use side tabs, my tabs simply disappeared, a strange sight for sure.

sidetabs3But when I hit Ctrl+T to open a new tab, they appeared on a sidebar to the left.

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To revert to regular tabs, right click on an open tab and uncheck the Use side tabs option.

sidetabs6Once again, you’ll need to open a new tab to make them appear at the top – a little quirk that shows this feature still needs refinement.

I’m not sure what to think about sidebar tabs – I’ve never used them, so I am accustomed to using regular tabs on the top. I think the feature also need a bit of UI polish as well, but if you’re using Firefox just for the sidebar tabs, you might want to grab yourself the development build of Chrome and give it a shot.

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10 Responses to “You Want Sidebar Tabs in Chrome? Here’s How”

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  5. Fernando Cassia

    27. Feb, 2011

    Why are you redefining language?. This is NOT “sidebar tabs”.

    “Sidebar tabs” are little square widgets with content or search parameters etc shown on the SIDE of the browser.
    It has been present since Netscape 6.0 and Mozilla 0.x (the predecessor to Firefox).

    This feature is “browser tabs on the side”. I don t see it as “sidebar tabs”.

    FC

  6. Daniel Cawrey

    02. Mar, 2011

    At the Chromium site, the form factors design documentation references these type of tabs for 10″-12″ netbooks as “Sidebar UI”.
    http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/user-experience/form-factors

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  8. Dave Nye

    04. May, 2011

    Based on what I have seen in the past year or so, I’d say the Chrome “team” is determined to produce a browser for Attention Deficit Generation. For idiots and flibbertigibbets.

    The very idea that you must consume 1/6th of the screen to describe a web location probably says something about the development team’s focus.

    I’m like many internet users: there are literally thousands of places where previously accessed information is located, and I need that information quickly to do whatever I’m doing. The whole idea of the net is quick access to information and connectivity.

    Given the constraints of contemporary hardware, the only route to quick random access is a hierarchical listing (with MINIMUM SPACING) in the form of a sidebar that remains visible while a webpage is displayed. You also need to be able to drag and drop links between pages (the address field) and the sidebar to build the bookmark file easily.

    Check out bookmarks in FireFox. They’ve got the user interface right… they just can’t seem to create code that works reliably!!!

    Why not add something good to the world: make sidebar functionality the default. Give the path of least resistance to the goal-directed productive users of your browser.

    You could always offer a separate version or configuration that panders to the unproductive, uncreative, products of our public school system (as in Idiocracy). You can mercifully help them to kill time.

    Evolution functions everywhere and always. You can make a difference by encouraging people who make the world work.

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