Chrome's system of displaying tabs in a single row without horizontal scrolling works well up to a point.
Eventually though you will notice that tabs cannot be identified anymore as they don't show any information whatsoever.
That's when tab switching can become problematic as it may happen that you will click around until you find the right tab you were looking for.
Chrome Tab Search works in a different way. Instead of providing users with a list of tabs that are open in the browser, it adds a search to it that can be used to find tabs matching the title or url.
The Chrome extension maps the shortcut Ctrl-o to the functionality which is used by default to open the file browser. It is still possible to open files using the shortcut but only on the new tab page and not on other pages.
This means that the search is not working on new tab pages but that is the only limitation.
When you use the shortcut a search box opens in the center of the page you are own. You can type right away and all matching websites in tabs in the browser are displayed on the page.
The results update in real-time while you type and include all open tabs in all Chrome windows with the exception of tabs open in incognito windows.
Each result is displayed with its page title and address. You can click on a result to be taken to the selected tab automatically.
An option to use the cursor keys to select results is unfortunately not available. This means that you use the keyboard to display the search box and search but the mouse to go to a result.
Full keyboard support would be a superior option in my opinion as you would not need to take a hand away from the keyboard to use the mouse to click on a result.
The extension is brand new on the other hand which means that it is possible that it gets updated with that functionality in the future.
Chrome Tab Search can still be useful, especially if you manage lots of tabs in Chrome.Advertisement
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