Many people have asked for the ability to move their tabs to the side in Google Chrome. This is a feature that first took off in Firefox, and fortunately the Chromium team has graciously put them into the early builds. Now, if you’re using Chrome 6 in the form of the development or canary builds, you can have sidebar tabs as well.
The first thing you need to do is add “–enable-sidebar-tabs” to your Chrome shortcut like this.
Open up Chrome again, and you can now right click on a tab and choose Use side tabs.
When I chose Use side tabs, my tabs simply disappeared, a strange sight for sure.
But when I hit Ctrl+T to open a new tab, they appeared on a sidebar to the left.
To revert to regular tabs, right click on an open tab and uncheck the Use side tabs option.
Once again, you’ll need to open a new tab to make them appear at the top – a little quirk that shows this feature still needs refinement.
I’m not sure what to think about sidebar tabs – I’ve never used them, so I am accustomed to using regular tabs on the top. I think the feature also need a bit of UI polish as well, but if you’re using Firefox just for the sidebar tabs, you might want to grab yourself the development build of Chrome and give it a shot.
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