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Here’s a quick hack for handling the 247 tabs you’ve got open in Chrome. (Be honest, you know you’ve got 247 tabs open.) We’re talking about why and how to pin tabs in Google Chrome!

Why to pin tabs in Google Chrome

Pinning tabs in Chrome sticks them to the left of the window. This helps you to pick them out among all the others you’ve got open.

screenshot of pinned tabs in Chrome

In the upper-left corner, you can see I’ve pinned Todoist and Trello, my apps for task management.

When they’re pinned like this, they’re much easier to pick out among all of the other open tabs! They’re visually different, and they’re stuck on the left!

How to pin tabs in Google Chrome

It’s super simple! All you have to do is right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) on the tab you want to pin. Then, click Pin tab. That’s it!

screenshot of context menu pinning tabs in chrome

How does this help grow my business?

This is a quick hack that helps save mental bandwidth. When you have to shift focus from your actual work to I can’t find the stupid tab that I need, you incur what’s called a cognitive switching penalty.

This forces you to dump what’s already in your brain, shift focus, and load new information. Then, you have to do it again when you go back to focusing on work. Over time (and not much time), this adds up, and you start to feel tired!

So basically: pinned tabs = less tired = more time for growing your business! Win!