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Source: Google is testing a Tab Search feature in Chrome - gHacks Tech News
by Martin Brinkmann on October 18, 2020 in Google Chrome

After years of inactivity on the tab overload front in the Chrome browser, Google engineers suddenly started to create a number of features to improve tab management in the company's web browser.

Recent versions of Google Chrome support tab groups already; these work like folders, but for the main tab bar. A recent addition added the ability to collapse the groups to free up room on the tab bar. [...]

In early October 2020, Google started to roll out support for tab scrolling in Chrome. The functionality enables users to use the mouse wheel to scroll the tab bar up and down provided that the mouse cursor is hovering over the tab bar and that it displays enough tabs.

Now, another new feature has been added to the latest Chrome browser: tab search.
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Tab Search, when activated, adds a single icon to the right of the browser's tab bar. A click on it displays a search form at the top and lists five recent tabs open in any normal browser window. Tabs that are open in private browsing windows are ignored.

Tip: Keyboard users may use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-A to activate the tab search option.

Chrome filters the tab list based on the entered characters automatically and as the user types.

A click on a result jumps to it right away, and there is an option to delete a tab by hovering over it and clicking on the x-icon to do so.

The feature is available in all Chrome versions of the web browser currently. Unlike most experimental features, it is currently not available as an experiment but can only be activated by passing a parameter to Chrome during startup.

Here is how that is done:
  1. Right-click on the Chrome shortcut on the desktop, or perform two right-clicks on Chrome in the taskbar (one on the icon, the next on the Chrome menu entry that is displayed after the first right-click), and select Properties.
  2. Append the parameter --enable-features=TabSearch to the end of the Target field, and make sure that there is a space between the existing characters and the new parameter, e.g. "C:\Users\marti\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" --enable-features=TabSearch
  3. Click on Apply to complete the process (you may need to click on Continue to accept the change).
  4. Restart Google Chrome if it was open when you made the change.
You should see the new tab search icon displayed in the broswer's tab bar. Select it and run a sample search just to verify that it is working properly.

Closing Words

Tab Search is an experimental feature that may be integrated fully in Chrome at one point in time, or may be pulled again. For now, it provides another useful way of finding open tabs in the browser quickly. [...]
 

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I would rather manage my tabs with onetab or session buddy but could be useful for people who have twenty or more tabs open at the same time . Not too exited about this feature .
 
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Google is rolling out a new 'Tab Search' feature that allows you to search through your list of open tabs among all open browser windows to find a specific page.

If you are like me and commonly have a large number of tabs open simultaneously, you can use the Tab Search feature to search for a particular page among your sea of open tabs.

With the release of Chrome 89, Google started to slowly roll out their new 'Tab Search' feature to users, with many people reporting having it enabled yesterday through today.

When Tab Search is enabled, you will see a small circle containing a triangle, as shown in the image below. When clicking on this button

New Tab Search menu button

New Tab Search menu button
To enable the Google Chrome Tab Search feature, follow these steps:
  1. Paste chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search into the address bar, and then press the enter key on your keyboard.
  2. When the 'Enable Tab Search' flag is shown, set it to Enabled.

    Enable Tab Search in Google Chrome

  3. When prompted, relaunch your browser, and the Tab Search feature will now be enabled in Google Chrome.
For those who already have the new Tab Search feature enabled, you can disable it using these same steps by selecting the 'Disabled' option instead.
 
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