How to change Tab Width in Chrome browser on Windows 11/10

How to change Tab Width in Chrome browser on Windows 11/10


In this post, we will show you how to change tab width in the Chrome browser on Windows 11/10 computer. We already know that when we start opening tabs in Google Chrome, the tab width starts shrinking and it makes the tabs smaller and smaller. And, when too many tabs are opened, the tab width is shrunk to the size of a pinned tab. That makes it quite difficult to access or identify a particular tab. But there is a trick that helps you set tab width for Google Chrome so that you can easily access a tab when plenty of tabs are opened.

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To change tab width in the Chrome browser, you can use a hidden feature. That feature helps to set tabs to shrink to medium width, large width, pinned tab width, or don’t shrink at all (like it is visible in the screenshot above). Once you have enabled the tab-width option, it will also enable Tab Scrolling Buttons option automatically to help you easily move back and forth to access the opened tabs.

How to change Tab Width in Chrome browser on Windows 11/10

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Here are the steps to change tab width in Google Chrome on a Windows 11/10 computer:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser
  2. In the Omnibox (or address bar) of Google Chrome, type chrome://flags
  3. Press the Enter key to open the Experiments page
  4. Look for the Tab Scrolling feature manually or use the available search box
  5. For the Tab Scrolling feature or experiment, there is a drop-down menu available, click on that menu and select any of the available options to change tab width. Available options are:
    • Enabled- tabs shrink to a medium tab width
    • Enabled- tabs don’t shrink (to keep the original width for all opened tabs no matter how many tabs are opened)
    • Enabled- tabs shrink to pinned tab width (which happens by default or automatically)
    • Enabled- tabs shrink to a large width
  6. After selecting an option, press the Relaunch button.

This will set the tab width and it will keep that width no matter how many tabs are opened. You can also switch to any other width option for tabs using the above steps.

Related: How to get Vertical tabs in Chrome.

Keep Default Setting for Tab Width in Chrome browser

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When you want to keep the default setting for tab width, then simply disable or turn off changing tab width in Chrome using these steps:

  1. Open Chrome browser
  2. Type chrome://flags in the Omnibox (or address box)
  3. Hit the Enter key
  4. Access the Tab Scrolling feature
  5. Open the drop-down menu available next to the Tab Scrolling feature
  6. Select the Default option
  7. Click on the Relaunch button present in the bottom right section.

How do I shrink the tab size in Chrome?

The tab size or width in the Chrome browser starts shrinking automatically when you start opening more and more tabs. However, if you want to shrink specific tab(s), then what you can do is simply pin those tabs. To do that, just right-click on a tab, and use the Pin option. The pinned tabs will move to the left-most part of the Chrome browser and only the tab icon will visible for such tabs.

How do I change the tab size in Windows 10?

If you want to change the tab size or tab width for Google Chrome on a Windows 11/10 computer, then it can be done using the native feature of Google Chrome. You will be able to set the tab size or tab width to medium size, large size, or pinned tab size. You can also keep the original width for tabs using that built-in feature. For that, you need to access that feature (known as Tab Scrolling) using the Flags page of Chrome and then select any of the available options for tab width. This post above covers all the steps for changing tab size or tab width for Google Chrome. Just follow those steps carefully and set an option for tab width as per your needs.

Read next: Enable or disable Smooth Scrolling in Windows, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Opera.

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