How to Duplicate a Tab on Chrome Mac

Web browsers have come a long way since the days of dial-up internet connections. 

While most of you think of historic user interface changes such as changing the logo or rounding up corners on tab bars, developers have also made Google Chrome more user-friendly.

Hi, I’m Andreas, and I’ve been using Chrome for over a decade. So I’ve witnessed firsthand the UI and UX (user interface/user experience) changes Chrome has implemented in that time. 

One particular update was the introduction of keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts are controls that perform an action much quicker. While you probably use some of them, did you know there’s a keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab on Chrome Mac?

If not, this article will explain how to use the keyboard shortcut. Duplicating tabs comes in handy whenever you need to open another tab from the same website. But I’ve found that not many people know about this particular keyboard shortcut.

So, with that said, I will show you how to duplicate a tab on Chrome Mac. Let’s start.

Easy Steps to Duplicate Tabs on Chrome Mac

There are a few ways to duplicate any tab on Chrome Mac. While I’ve already hinted at one way to do it, the others might be easier to do for some of you.

Method 1: Without Keyboard Shortcuts

The most common way to duplicate tabs on Chrome Mac is without keyboard shortcuts. This method requires a few clicks and is very easy to do. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and open a website.

Step 2: Navigate to the tab bar, right-click on any tab, and select “Duplicate.”

It’s that easy. With only two clicks, you have a way to duplicate any tab. However, there’s also a handy keyboard shortcut you can use. So, let’s explore the other method.

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Our browsing experience would be significantly different without keyboard shortcuts. Luckily, there’s a keyboard shortcut that allows you to duplicate the tab you’re currently on

Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and go to a website.

Step 2: While on the website you want to duplicate, press Command + L to select the website’s address, followed by Alt + Enter.

So, the keyboard shortcut is a combination of two shortcuts. You select the website’s address with the first shortcut and duplicate it with the second shortcut. 

However, there is a third way to do it.

Method 3: Using an Extension

The last method involves using an extension. Extensions are programs that give the Chrome browser additional control. For example, one particular extension allows you to duplicate any tab on Chrome with a button press

Here is how to install it.

Step 1: Launch Chrome and go to the Chrome Web Store.

Step 2: Type in “Duplicate Tab Shortcut” in the search field.

Step 3: Click “Add to Chrome” to install the extension.

Click the “Add extension” button to continue.

Step 4: Go to the extension bar, click on the extension icon, and find the Duplicate Tab Shortcut to pin it to the bar. 

Step 5: Click on the extension to get familiar with the keyboard shorts. For Chrome Mac, the keyboard extension to duplicate any tab is Option + Shift + D.


Now you know how to duplicate any tab on Chrome Mac. I’ve given you three ways to do it, and you can use whichever works best for you. 

As you can see, all three methods are straightforward and take minimal effort to solve your problem. Let me know if you have other ways to get the job done?

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