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Select and close multiple Chrome or Firefox tabs at once



  Tabs Selected in a Google Chrome Browser Window

Closing browser tabs one at a time is a problem. In Chrome and Firefox, you can select tabs in your address bar and quickly close those tabs with a shortcut or mouse.

Select and Close Multiple Tabs

To select individual tabs, hold down the Ctrl key and click the tabs you want to close. To select a range of tabs, click a tab, hold down the Shift key, and click another tab. All tabs between the two are selected. You can then hold down the Ctrl key and click on the selected tabs to deselect them. You can also hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple individual tabs instead of a range.

  Multiple Tabs Selected in Chrome

To close selected tabs, either click on the "x" or press Ctrl + W to close them all. You can also right-click on one of the tabs and click "Close Tabs." (On a Mac, press + W instead of Ctrl + W.)

  Several tabs selected in Firefox

show a lighter background of each selected tab, while Firefox displays a subtle blue line over each selected tab. The moment you interact with the browser, such as interacting with a web page, by clicking on a tab to display it, the tabs are immediately disabled.

This trick allows you to move multiple tabs into a new window. Simply select the tabs and drag and drop them from your Chrome or Firefox browser window to give your selected tabs their own new window.

This is a small but useful trick that changed our workflow when we heard about it. Chrome has been able to do this for a long time, but Mozilla added it to Firefox in version 64.0. Firefox added this option to versions 62 and 63, but only if you did not enable this setting.

Microsoft Edge and Apple's Safari do not have this option yet, but Edge is soon using a Chromium engine branching engine that powers Chrome, so it should have the same capability.

Close multiple tabs without selecting them

Chrome, Firefox, and other modern browsers can close multiple tabs without first selecting them. This option is easier to find.

Right-click a tab in the tab bar of your browser to find it. You can then select options such as Close Other Tabs to close all tabs except the current one in the browser window, or Close Tabs Right to close the tabs to the right of the current tab. You can rearrange tabs using drag and drop before you do so.

 Tab context menu in Google Chrome


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