Permanently Pin Tabs In Google Chrome

When you pin a tab in Google Chrome, it shrinks to an extent that you can only see the favicon. This is a great feature for those users who have lot of tabs open and want to save up some space, but the biggest headache is that the pinned tabs are not permanent. The moment you close and then start another session of Google Chrome, all pinned tabs will be lost.

pin tab google chrome

Is there any way to make tabs pinned permanently? Yes, you can make a number of tabs pinned permanently by using a small command switch.

First right-click the Google Chrome shortcut and head over to Properties. Now add:

- -pinned-tab-count=x

at the end of Target path. Replace x by any number of pinned tabs you want, for example, we chose 4. So the complete path becomes:


C:\Users\Nakodari\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe – -pinned-tab-count=4

Google Chrome Properties

Now in the final step add the complete website URLs next to this command switch. Make sure there is a space between each URL.

C:\Users\Nakodari\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe – -pinned-tab-count=4 http://www.addictivetips.com/ http://www.twitter.com/ http://www.facebook.com http://www.google.com/reader/

If you want to 6 tabs to be permanently pinned, then you will have to enter 6 URLs and change the value of x to 6. It’s that easy.

Google Chrome Pinned tabs

[via How-To-Geek]

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  • RDrr

    Maybe you should use WordPad, instead of Office Word or whatever… to keep the double dashes from being merged! ;) (as in –pinned-tab-count=x)

    • Nakodari

      I think this has to do with the theme, I will look into it. And I use Windows Live Writer for blog posts. ;)

  • Blake

    Is there a way to make the chrome home page a pinned tab that permanently opens? It doesn't have a url in the omnibox, so I don't know what to put.

    • Blake

      Never mind, found it.

      chrome://newtab

  • Josh

    same command works in Ubuntu, for those interested. Right click the launcher for chrome, click properties and then add the same command as above, being sure to leave spaces between each URL you want permanently tabbed.

  • Josh

    same command works in Ubuntu, for those interested. Right click the launcher for chrome, click properties and then add the same command as above, being sure to leave spaces between each URL you want permanently tabbed.

  • XV

    How do I undo this?

    When going back into the properties, none of the stuff I added is there. I tried adding – -pinned-tab-count=0 but that doesn't work.

    It keeps opening one of the things I used to use this for, no matter what I do. Please help.

    • Nakodari

      Make sure you are entering the correct double lines, i.e –pinned-tab-count=x

  • XV

    How do I undo this?

    When going back into the properties, none of the stuff I added is there. I tried adding – -pinned-tab-count=0 but that doesn't work.

    It keeps opening one of the things I used to use this for, no matter what I do. Please help.

  • Nakodari

    Make sure you are entering the correct double lines, i.e –pinned-tab-count=x

  • Jia-Siang YOu

    Excuse me,Can pin tab which I set not be closed or changed?

  • johaywood

    if you set it using the –pinned-tab-count=x just delete that from the path. if you're still in chrome you can drag the pinned tab to the right and it will unpin it. also, you can visit other sites in the pinned tab by just typing it in the omnibox.

    i'm not sure exactly what you're asking, but i hope this answers it

    • Jia-Siang YOu

      thank you.
      sorry , my english is poor!

  • Allan Hollenberg

    How do you do this on a Mac?

  • Blake

    5.0.322.2 build of Chrome no longer supports pinned tabs. I believe it has been gone since we got to version 5. I hope they bring them back. Apparently we will be getting App Tabs soon, hopefully we can pin pages as well.

    • http://joncraton.org Jon

      They did some work on pinning, and it is back in the latest dev build (5.0.335.0). I can't get this permanent pinning to work on the newest build. Is anyone else seeing this?

      • johaywood

        Yep. Same thing for me. i really liked having them already pinned when i opened chrome, but i guess this is a step in the right direction

  • iec

    Windows won't even let me put this as the target. It keeps telling me the target is invalid.

    • http://twitter.com/snyderxc Nathan Snyder

      If there are quotes, be sure to put the tag OUTSIDE the quotes. Hope this helps :-)

      • Blue Dog

        That opens the links but just as regular tabs not pinned tabs, is there a way to get around this?

  • BLUE DOGS

    So what is the correct combo for dashes. I have the quotes and but it is outside the quotes but it just opens my three tabs like normal instead of in pinned form. Any help?

    • http://www.addicitivetips.com Nakodari

      The latest version of Chrome does not require any hacks. Just right-click the tab and there will be an option to Pin tab. :)

      • BLUE DOGS

        They are still just normal tabs when I open up my Google Chrome instead of pinned tabs

        • Drifta

          Ive followed to the “T” everything you said to do to pin them permanently. And i run out of space in the omnibox on the target line. i wanted to pin 31 pages..

      • BLUE DOGS

        It may be because I have the new beta version?

  • http://the-kid.org billythekid

    on Linux (Ubuntu Lucid) I have the command…
    env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so chromium-browser --pinned-tab-count=3 %U
    (the env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so is only for a sound or webcam workaround or something)

    If I add the URLs separately afterwards I get the pinned tabs PLUS the duplicates opened unpinned.

    Cheers for the tip!

    • http://the-kid.org billythekid

      It should be noted I have the following in about://config


      Chromium 5.0.391.0 (Developer Build 45775) Ubuntu
      WebKit 533.7
      V8 2.2.4.2
      User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.391.0 Safari/533.7
      Command Line /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser --pinned-tab-count=3

  • http://josephcamara.com JOeMTC

    Chrome seemed to have fixed this. Downloaded the latest version (Windows). You can close Chrome and open everything as it was when you left it the previous session.

  • http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com Maxwell Pilson

    Thanks, I really like your site, it’s so cool and the content is great! I started off looking for joomla themes but somehow ended up here! Ahh, back to work I guess.

  • venkat

    Why go through all this trouble? How about enabling the “restore last saved session” option and never closing the pinned tabs!

  • Zanz

    Hi, I’m using the newest build of chrome, and as stated above, i was getting pinned tabs as well as duplicate unpinned tabs so i changed it back.

    The problem I came here trying to fix was this:
    When i search for something in my pinned google tab, if I were to close the browser it will open next time where i left it (with search results or whatever site i was on).
    Without manually going back to the sites i want pinned before i close, how do i get it to open specific sites in the pinned tabs regardless of what i was doing in the last session?

    • Sarayale

      Having the same problem.  Did you ever find a solution. please let me know at sarayale@aol.com

  • phil

    thanks!

  • Js3391

    google chrome sucks in most ways, but I am forced to use it bec. IE 8 is sucks and IE 9 does not work on XP.  who the hell wants to use a command switch.  no bookmarks sidebar, my most used feature in firefox and IE.

  • monkey1

    Same here, I’m using google chrome 17.0.963.56 m (thats what i see in about chrome) on windows 7 and I managed to load the pages i inserted as pinned tabs in the target link, but it doesn’t load them pinned. In all honesty, I’m already very happy that I can load them all like that, but it would be even better if they loaded as a pinned tab. 

  • Htdt

    Just use the save restore chrome thing so when you close it and reopen Chrome it will restore back to the webpages you closed

  • hunter

    Can someone help me, I wanted to close a tab and hit pin tab by accident, Now everytime I try to get on the web I can’t get passed that page. How do I undo that? hunter4991@verizon.net.

  • sweetpotato

    can i set as more permanent?for example, chrome://downloads/ cannot be changed into any other URL.

  • Rade

    this is not working anymore

  • http://nefcanto.com/ Saeed Neamati

    Nice solution. Does Chrome have the sync capability for pinned tabs?