[Tip] Enable Hidden Secret “Stacked Tabs” Feature in Google Chrome

Almost all AskVG readers know that I use Mozilla Firefox as my primary web browser but I also install other popular web browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera for testing purposes. Recently when I posted a tutorial for enabling classic "New Tab" page in new versions of Google Chrome, it inspired me to look around other secret features given in Chrome Flags page.

How to Restore Old Behavior of New Tab Page in Google Chrome

While looking through those hidden secret options, I found one interesting feature which might be very useful for many Google Chrome users.

Generally when you open too many tabs in Google Chrome, the browser starts shrinking the tabs and one stage comes when only a cross (x) button is displayed on tabs. In such situation you can't recognize tabs because no page titles are displayed on tabs. It becomes quite irritating and you need to click on each and every tab until you find your desired tab.


On the other hand other web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox do not shrink their tabs to this amount. They shrink the tabs to a pre-defined size and once they reach that size limit, they start stacking new tabs to the right and small arrow icons are shown on the tab bar to navigate between tabs. It helps in easily switching between running tabs.

Now if you want to get a similar feature in Google Chrome web browser, this tutorial will help you.

Today in this tutorial we are going to tell you how to enable a hidden secret feature "Stacked Tabs" in Google Chrome which will bring Mozilla Firefox style tab stacking feature to Google Chrome.


This feature is not enabled by default but can be enabled using hidden "Chrome Flags" page.

If you are ready to enable this feature, check out following simple steps:

1. First of all type chrome://flags/ in Google Chrome addressbar and press Enter. It'll open advanced configuration page.

2. Press "Ctrl+F" keys together to launch find box and type following in the find box:

Stacked Tabs

It'll highlight an option with the same name.

Stacked Tabs Windows
Tabs never shrink, instead they stack on top of each other when there is not enough space. #stacked-tab-strip


3. Click on the "Enable" link given below the option.

4. At the end click on "Relaunch Now" button and once Google Chrome opens, it'll have the secret stacked tabs feature similar to Mozilla Firefox web browser.

Some Google Chrome users might be already aware of this feature. I found it just now so decided to share it with you all. Feel free to share your comments about this secret feature of Google Chrome...

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  • this trick was here on Chrome for a long time....


  • Thanks a lot VG, it works!!
    I am a tech geek and I keep a lot of tabs open at the same time.
    By the way, does the same apply to chrome ios?
    It does not show all tabs properly and I need to swipe continuously.

  • Wow, new site layout :D

  • Sir I have android version 2.3.6 it not work properly in window xp any suggestion

  • Chrome should have a feature 'Don't load tabs until selected', like Firefox does. It sure helps with a lot of tabs opened at the same time.

  • Cool VG, new look, your site now look refreshed. But why did you changed the site name to "AskVG"? "Tweaking with Vishal" was simply amazing as it contained the name of our expert here, yes, that's Vishal.
    Well congrats for the new look dude!

  • I m sorry to say but the new web design, its like a transition from windows 8 to windows 8.1 with no startling facts rather cosmetic changes. I m expecting more changes and hope that this was only a start, also the tabs for freeware, contact us and about us are now gone. Maybe u should take into account disqus for ur comments section or atleast have a date and time attached to it. I know I will receive a harsh reception for my comments but I speak for the betterment of the site and want it to grow further. Sorry if I was harsh.

  • @rkkdjb...regarding the attachment of date to comments, there have been others including myself who have made similar requests.

  • VG

    Thanks to all of you for your comments and suggestions. I'm glad to see that you liked the new look of this blog. Comments and suggestions are always welcomed here. They help me in making this website better .

    @Kyle, leomate and Vidit Agrawal
    Thanks for your nice words.

    @Vidit Agrawal
    I was planning to use AskVG as the main blog name since long time as I myself many times refer to this blog with this name. Using 2 names for a single website sometimes confuses people. And this website is already well known by "AskVG" name. Anyway its just a change in name, the website is same.

    @Harsh Pathakk
    It should work.

    Yeah. Good feature suggestion.

    I didnt understand your question. Please provide more details.

    Never think that your comments or suggestions will be ignored or not answered. I always respect all readers comments. Changing the header and menubar was the main point of this look change. Freeware tab is still there. Contact and About tabs have been moved to bottom.

    @rkkdjb and Marco
    I have answered it many times in past. Let me answer it one more time! This website is using some custom-made plug-ins which cause some kind of corruption in display of date and time on posts and comments, thats why I have disabled it. Sorry for that. If the issue is fixed in future, I'll definitely enable the date and time display.

  • Thanks Vishal! There is always something to learn and take away from AskVG. Just tried your tip. It is great!!! Keep up the good work. A week cant pass by without checking out your website!

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks. :)

  • Thanks for the clarification Vishal. :)

  • VG

    ^^ You are welcome. :)

  • Thank you for this article, I learnt something very useful from you today!

  • does not show in latest build Version 38.0.2100.0 canary or Version 38.0.2096.0 dev-m

  • This is no longer working. "Stacked Tabs" is no longer in the "Flags" list of changeable settings.

  • "This is no longer working. "Stacked Tabs" is no longer in the "Flags" list of changeable settings."

    where is it now?

  • @rafo: Nowhere. It has been removed for reason x, as per the warning on the flags setting page: "WARNING These experimental features may change, break, or disappear at any time."

  • I have Windows 10 and there is no option for stacked tabs on the chrome flags.
    Do you have any other possibilities that I could try?

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