Google Chrome Fails To Handle Tabs after a Certain Limit

This time around last year, I stumbled upon an interesting fact on Firefox tab behavior accidentally. I was reminded of this because, today, while browsing Reddit, I came across this interesting fact on Google Chrome. This time, too, it is about the behavior of tabs. It was like a deja-vu and I jumped in to perform the experiment.

It is as simple as it can get. I press ctrl + t to open tabs and keep it pressed. After a few seconds, when the tab bar turns into a skinny triangle, I stop. Now comes the funny part.

As you see in the image below, the last tab crosses the “add new tab” button.


Now, I decide to start closing tabs and here is what happens. The “add new tab” button moves to the left as tabs close and comes back after a certain number of closed tabs. This goes on in a loop.


At this point of time, if I want to launch a new tab and try pressing on the “add new tab” button, it simply takes me to the tab that is behind the button. The “add new tab” button is just sitting there useless. This proves that Google Chrome indeed has a limit to the number of tabs it can allow for opening.


The experiment is impractical because anyone who opens that many tabs is insane and has all the right to take down Google Chrome with a tab overkill. From an engineer’s perspective, Google Chrome dev team should update their test cases.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

  • You are the first one who I’ve seen address this issue! I AM a Google Chrome user and one of those insane people who works with that many tabs open on a regular basis. I would love to see this problem fixed.

    While I’m dreaming, Rather than having several windows open, I’d actually love to have the ability to have folder tabs in one window where you could have groups of tabs open and available anytime. I could assign a folder to each client and have groups of tabs with access to each client’s important information at the click of the mouse button.

    It would also be nice to be able to name tabs.

    Get on it Google!

  • Google

    There is workaround for this. Get a wider, bigger screen, get some life.

    • A bigger wider screen for a browser? That is a workaround? It is like getting a new house for a broken door! And, even on a wider screen, the problem will still persist, on a bigger scale. The problem and screen size is kinda synchronized dude!

  • James

    yes. the add tab button would die. but you could be intelligent and learn some keyboard shortcuts.

  • Trying to find out what button combination I used to get a hover overview of tabs in Chromium while pressing some keys when the limit was reached. It would size up an area of about 3 tabs and it was wonderful. Shame I can’t remember how I did it.