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Merge Your Browser Windows and Popups Together

SUMMARY: Merge all Google Chrome windows together into one with multiple tabs, manually or automatically, via JoinTabs.

While browsing the web in Google Chrome for a long period of time, you're likely to create multiple tabs to browse several sites simultaneously. You may even create new Google Chrome windows, or websites may automatically open in new windows.

If you have several windows open simultaneously and would like to clean up your display by merging everything into one Google Chrome window containing multiple tabs, you can do so by dragging and dropping the tabs onto one main window. However, if you have several windows open with many tabs in each window, this dragging and dropping can be a chore. With the "JoinTabs" extension you can perform this merge with just one click. Plus, you can have JoinTabs automatically merge popups into one window if you're tired of sites opening up new windows.

1. From Google Chrome, visit the "JoinTabs" extension page.


2. Click the "Add to Chrome" button.


Installing the "JoinTabs" extension



3. Confirm the installation when prompted. Be sure to read the privacy notices.


Confirming installing the "JoinTabs" extension for Google Chrome.



4. Once the extension has installed, to join all windows together into one, click the new magnet button that appears at the top-right of Google Chrome's window (see the screenshot to the right).


If you would like this extension to merge windows automatically, right-click the "JoinTabs" button and click "Options" from the pop-up menu. When the "JoinTabs Options" tab opens, check "Combine (sic) new windows immediately".

While the "NewTabs" options claims to support a keyboard shortcut for joining tabs, I was unable to get this to work in the review version.



This tip was written regarding Google Chrome v13.0.782.218 and the "JoinTabs" extension v1.1.0 running on a Windows 7 machine. Features, information, and screenshots are subject to change between versions and operating systems.

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