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Is there a keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab in Google Chrome?

I've read through all the replies in the Google Chrome Forum thread, but there's no hope there.

The only hope I get from that page is:

Next update for Chrome should definitely include a duplicate shortcut.

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  • shortcut now available. see my answer below. – cwd Apr 6 '13 at 17:29

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There is not currently a keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab in Google Chrome (see a list of keyboard shortcuts). However, it looks like Chrome may soon enable support for extensions to duplicate tabs, which means you might soon be able to find a Chrome extension that can duplicate a tab through a keyboard shortcut. Currently, all of the extensions that show up in the store don't preserve history.

Non-keyboard-wise, there are two ways you can duplicate a tab: either middle-click on the refresh button, or right-click on a tab and choose "Duplicate" from the menu:

Chrome screenshot

  • Weird it doesn't work for me on my new mouse. – Pacerier Mar 12 '12 at 8:12
  • Middle click on refresh works in Firefox, too! – Rob Apr 19 '12 at 14:44
  • on mac try the bettertouchtool - boastr.de this is working for me to simulate middle click with track pad, so i can use the refresh button trick – chrismarx May 4 '12 at 17:13
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    On a magic mouse or trackpad, you can use ⌘ + click on the refresh button. – Lance Fisher Jun 7 '12 at 23:44
  • @LanceFisher, It doesn't work on Windows. – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 21:13
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The Duplicate Tab Shortcut Key extension allows native duplicate tab functionality with a customizable shortcut key.

Using the extension allows you to duplicate a tab with the browser's built in functionality so the history is preserved and the page isn't reloaded.

screenshot

The tab key is customizable using Chrome's API - the extension doesn't just monitor each tab's DOM for the shortcut key event as some of the other extensions do.

The extension comes with fairly thorough documentation.

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You can just press Alt+D then Alt+Enter. You don't even need to let go of the Alt key.

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    That is not the same as a true duplicate. It reloads the page whereas a true duplicate doesn't (if we scroll halfway through the page, we need to re-scroll) – Pacerier Mar 17 '13 at 5:18
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    The "history" (back and forward state) and scroll state are not duplicated – Pratik Butani AndroidDev Jul 24 '14 at 7:29
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    @PratikButani, The post state too (the one whereby you can resubmit on refresh). – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 21:19
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    Also CTRL+L then Alt+Enter – Francisco Aguilera Dec 14 '16 at 15:30
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I wrote a simple script for autohotkey if anyone is interested. Just paste this into notepad and save as "scriptname.ahk" then double click it (make sure you have autohotkey installed)

!t is alt+t, change it to whatever shortcut you need

!t::
Send {Esc}
MouseGetPos, X, Y
MouseClick, M, 75, 45,,0
MouseMove, X, Y, 0
return

edit: sorry put this little line before it to only have this work in chrome so it doesn't mess up your other shortcuts

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_0
!t::
Send {Esc}
MouseGetPos, X, Y
MouseClick, M, 75, 45,,0
MouseMove, X, Y, 0
return
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It can be done as follows:

CTRL + L (Takes the cursor to the address bar)
ALT + ENTER (Opens a new tab with this url)

This looks as a good work around to me..

I referred: http://lifehacker.com/5387881/duplicate-a-google-chrome-tab-with-a-shortcut-key for this solution.

Hope it helps!!!

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    This isn't a true duplicate. For example, if you scrolled halfway through the document, the state isn't saved. – Pacerier May 14 '13 at 12:33
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    whatever it's better than to do it with mouse – Tebe Jul 1 '15 at 6:55
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Yes and no. It's not a definite "Duplicated Tab". It's a two step process.

For Mac OS

Press Command+L to set the focus on the address bar and then press either:

Option+Return to duplicate the tab into a new tab, or

Shift+Return to duplicate the tab into a new window.

For Windows

Press Ctrl+L to set the focus on the address bar and then press Alt+Enter to duplicate the tab into a new tab.

  • This does not add any new information to existing answers, except the "Shift+Return" part. – Vylix Jul 4 '17 at 19:28
  • You are repeating other answer – yass Jul 4 '17 at 19:36
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Maybe you can use the Smoothe Mouse Gestures add on to create a shortcut with a mouse gesture.

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I read this question yesterday, and have just found a possible solution, that doesn't require a plugin, though it is not a keyboard shortcut as your question asked!

If you middle click (push the scroll wheel down) on the back button this opens a new tab with the same history, admittedly you are one step back in your history, but it is a duplicate.

  • read Jared Harley's ans – Pacerier May 19 '11 at 6:55
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On Mac cmd + l to focus on the address bar, from there cmd + Return opens a new tab in background and Shift + Return opens a new window.

  • Everything you say seems to have been said before in other answer(s). – Scott Feb 16 at 1:50
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The address bar select + enter trick on OS X (not a "true duplicate", but close enough for me):

command+L command+enter

Thanks to http://asianhospital.com/?id=a/310162/127024.

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My favorite shortcut for duplicating a tab is as follows: alt+D+enter1.

Some other commands/series of commands are as follows:

  • ctrl+L2alt+D
  • f6alt+enter

As you may notice, these commands all put the focus on the omnibox whereupon you use alt+enter to "duplicate" the tab. Unfortunately, however, all of the said commands make use of alt+enter, which is not a true tab duplication command, but rather one which opens the same website in a separate tab (usually does not store current data such as your scroll-position and text typed into text-boxes).

1 If you are the technical type, however, you may want to know that this is actually a mashup of alt+D and alt+enter

2ctrl+L might be interpreted by the computer as a command to insert a link (in a text box).

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On MacOS, you can do Cmd + L then Enter. It opens a duplicate tab at the end of tabs.

To open one right next to current one, I haven't found a shortcut key for it. Using mouse, you can do Cmd + click the Refresh button as mentioned above.

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I just click the Location/Address to select the whole thing, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-T to open a new tab, click in the new Location/Address, Ctrl-V to paste, and Enter to load a copy.

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    but that doesn't preserve the history and everything else. it effectively on opens a new tab with the current page (unlike duplicate tab) – Pacerier May 17 '11 at 6:12
  • sorry, but this isn't an answer to the question. it's not a duplicate. A duplicate retains history, position, etc. And it adds more steps. If the OP didn't want to save steps (at least 3 steps that you've described), then right-click > duplicate on the tab is much faster and less steps in the first place. – Flak DiNenno Jul 14 '14 at 18:13
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You may try F6 and press Alt+Enter.

  • This only creates a new page, the "history" (back and forward state) and scroll state are not duplicated – Pacerier Jul 24 '14 at 7:12
  • ALT+D+Enter is also same work. – Pratik Butani AndroidDev Jul 24 '14 at 7:27

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