How to Keep Chrome Tabs Pinned on Top of Other Apps

Nancy Messieh 10-08-2016

Watching something on Chrome and want to keep it pinned to the top of your windows? Or you want to keep your inbox, for example, in full view at all times? With a simple Chrome extension, achieving this couldn’t be easier.


With Chrome extension Picture in Picture Viewer [No Longer Available] you can keep multiple tabs on top of all of your windows, not just Chrome. In order for this to work, after installing the extension, go to chrome://flags/ in your browser. Search for Enable Panels, and then restart Chrome for it to take effect.


Navigate to the tab you want to keep on top of all your windows, and click the Picture in Picture Viewer button that should now be in your Chrome browser. It will open up that window in a smaller tab that will stay on top of your other windows.

If you want to move it out of the way you can just minimize the window. It will look like it has disappeared but if you just mouse over the bottom of your screen where the tab was minimized to, a bar will pop up which you can click to maximize it again.

What’s great about Picture in Picture is that it is fully functional outside of Chrome — meaning you can minimize and maximize windows even if you aren’t on the Chrome browser at the time. With Picture in Picture, you can also pin several different tabs simultaneously. You’ll find that the more tabs you pin, the more narrow they will get.



Picture in Picture is really useful if you want to watch a video on YouTube for example, but want to work on something else at the same time. With the Olympics in full swing, this will probably be a great tool, because let’s face it: everyone is watching the Olympics at work aren’t they?

If you’re using it for video or music, be sure to pin the tab first before you start playing it, otherwise you’ll wind up with two videos playing at the same time.

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With video sites like YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix, however, it works like a charm.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to keep a window pinned on top of your other windows? Let us know in the comments. 

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Related topics: Browser Extensions, Google Chrome.

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