How to Hide Tabs in Chrome Mac

Have you ever wanted to hide tabs in Chrome Mac for a more immersive browsing experience? Maybe you’re the sort of person who gets easily distracted and wants to reach the flow state while working.

Well, there’s an easy way to hide tabs and get in the zone. 

Hi, I’m Andreas, and I’m here to tell you more about the many hidden functionalities of the Google Chrome browser. One of the great things about being a Chrome Mac geek is that you can uncover all kinds of nifty hacks that help you work without distractions.

If multiple tabs are your achilles heel, then hiding them is simple, and here’s how to do it.

Let’s jump in. 

Easy Steps to Hide Tabs in Chrome Mac

There are a couple of ways to do this. You can use Chrome’s native fullscreen features or third-party browser extensions. Allow me to explain how they work.

Solution 1 – Going Fullscreen

Chrome allows you to go fullscreen mode to help you focus on a specific task. You enter fullscreen by pressing “Control” + “Command” + “F” on your Mac keyboard while on a particular tab. Then, re-enter the same keys to exist fullscreen and shift between tabs. 

Fullscreen eliminates distractions by removing your Chrome’s URL bar, tabs, bookmarks, and taskbar. With fullscreen mode, you can focus on the task without paying attention to other tabs or apps.

However, the fullscreen mode doesn’t necessarily hide tabs. It only puts the current tab into focus. There is another Chrome feature that achieves a similar goal. 

Solution 2 – Pinning Tabs

If you don’t like going into fullscreen, you can use another Chrome feature to “hide” tabs. The feature allows you to pin tabs onto the tabs bar and put them on the side. Then, whenever you want to unpin the pinned tabs, simply repeat the steps. 

To pin tabs on Chrome Mac, navigate your cursor on a particular tab, right-click and select “Pin.” 

Then you’ll notice the tab you view goes to the far left corner as an icon.

To unpin tabs, right click and select “Unpin.”

Chrome provides these two solutions. It’s also important to mention that no designated feature hides tabs on Chrome Mac. However, that doesn’t mean these two features don’t get the job done. 

But let’s say you want to hide tabs specifically. There could be many reasons why you want this. For example, maybe you don’t want others to see your work. Anyways, refer to the following solution. 

Solution 3 – Using Third-Party Browser Extensions

One reason why I love Chrome is extensions. Chrome’s thriving community of developers design browser extensions to improve your browsing experience.

And you can use one of these extensions to achieve that. To download a particular browser extension, navigate to the Chrome Web Store and search for a specific extension.

To hide Chrome tabs, download the following extensions:

These two extensions are designed to hide tabs on Chrome. To download them, press “Add to Chrome.” 


That concludes this short guide on hiding tabs on Chrome Mac. I’ve given you three ways to do it, and what’s important is that all three achieve a similar goal. 

Use the one that works best for you, and I look forward to hearing from you if you have any other clever ways to hide tabs on Chrome Mac. Leave a comment and let me know.

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