How to switch tabs in Chrome browser full screen

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Putting Chrome in full screen mode is a great way to maximize screen space, but this hides tabs. It’s annoying that moving the mouse to the top of the screen doesn’t show them either. There are other ways to switch between tabs.

Unlike Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers, Google Chrome does not detect tabs when you place your mouse on top of the screen in full screen mode. This is a strange oversight, but you don’t have to press F11 to leave full screen mode every time you want to switch tabs.

Related: How to enable and disable full screen mode in Microsoft Edge

There are four keyboard shortcuts to know when it comes to switching tabs in Google Chrome.

For Windows, Chrome OS, and Linux, use these keyboard shortcuts

  • Ctrl + 1-8: Use this keyboard combination to switch to a specific tab – numbered from the left. It only works with the first 8 tabs open.
  • Ctrl + 9: No matter how many tabs are open, this will take you to the tab farthest from the left.
  • Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Page Down: Moves to the next tab on the left.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + Page Up: Moves to the next tab on the right.

On a Mac, use these shortcuts:

  • Command + 1-8: Use this keyboard combination to switch to a specific tab – numbered from the left. It only works with the first 8 tabs open.
  • Command + 9: No matter how many tabs are open, this will take you to the tab farthest from the left.
  • Command + Option + Right arrow: Moves to the next tab on the left.
  • Command + Option + Left arrow: Moves to the next tab on the right.

Chrome tabs are numbered.

All you have to do is use these shortcuts to move between tabs. You can get an idea of ​​how the tabs are numbered in the image above. It doesn’t require remembering where the tabs are – which can be tricky when you can’t see them at all – but it does.

We’re not really sure why Chrome doesn’t act like other browsers in full screen mode, but at least you have options. Now you can go and fix some other Chrome annoyances.

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