Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]

Aaron Couch 08-01-2013

refresh all tabs chromeAt one time or another, we’ve all had to refresh a page, whether it was because it crashed, or we needed to update it, etc. And often at times, there is a need to refresh all the pages (or tabs) that are open. And whenever that has to be done, it becomes a cumbersome task of opening each page and clicking the refresh button in Chrome The Better Browser With Great Features - Google Chrome Google Chrome presently is the most popular browser on the planet. It took Chrome less than 4 years to rise from barely 1% market share to where it is now. Globally, more than one out... Read More .


Alternatively, you could press F5 on your keyboard (see more awesome keyboard shortcuts Master These Universal Keyboard Shortcuts For Text Editing After months of practicing, you have finally boosted your typing speed above that of a snail. You have finally got the hang of not looking at the keyboard for each character. You are no longer... Read More ), but even this can be tedious if there are quite a few tabs that you have open. There is a solution however, and it’s called Reload All Tabs.

About The Developer

Mohamed Mansour, the developer of this Chrome extension, is no fly-by-night developer. He maintains his reputable online presence on Twitter and Here is a clip from his page:

I am a Software Engineer that graduated in 2008. In my free time (hobby) I write free software, contribute to many open source software projects, such as Google Chrome (2008-2011),hundreds of browser extensions (Firefox/Chrome/Safari), maintained dozens of projects on GitHub and contributed many projects around the internet.

From his page you can see everywhere he is throughout the Internet. What does this mean and why is it important? Well, have you ever had a question about a particular browser extension or program in general and had trouble contacting the developer(s)? That is why being accessible, like Mohamed, is so important. Because he provides an outlet to his social networks and the ability to receive email via, contacting him is simple. Of course he’s a busy guy so it may take a while or even a reminder, but more than not, it is likely he’d respond.

The Solution To The Frustration Of Reloading Tabs

refresh all tabs chrome

It was already stated in the introduction that reloading tabs is a hassle. Thankfully this extension is easy and simple to use and quickly fixes the frustration. Whenever you install it, you’ll be prompted with the “Options” page (which you can access at any later time as well).


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Here you have a few simple, but definitely necessary options:

  • Enable context menu
  • Reload all windows
  • Reload only pinned tabs
  • Adjustable keyboard shortcut

If you’re unsure what the “context menu” is, it’s also known as the “right click menu.” Basically, this allows you to control the extension by right clicking in Chrome.

refresh all tabs at once


Reloading all windows is different from just reloading all tabs. Windows are what the tabs reside in, so when this option is clicked and there are multiple windows open, all the tabs in every window will be reloaded, instead of just the window which was being viewed at the time Reload All Tabs was initiated.

Reload only pinned tabs is a nice useful feature to keep from reloading all the tabs that you may not want reloaded during your browsing session. Simply “pin” the tab by right clicking on the tab title and clicking Pin tab.

Off Topic Tip: You can also pin the tab by pressing “P” after right clicking to pin it, or “U” after right clicking to unpin it.

And lastly there’s the option to adjust the keyboard shortcut. If you’re a shortcut guru, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s not only an option to use a keyboard shortcut by pressing [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [R], but also the option to change it – which is crucial to prevent conflicting commands.


Of course, you can also run Reload All Tabs simply by clicking the button, but if you’re one to minimize the number of icons in your browser, you might prefer to use it through one of the other options and simply hide the icon by right clicking the icon, clicking Hide button.

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It can be restored by accessing the Extensions page, chrome://extensions/, and clicking the Show button.


And that is it! Simple right? Now instead of having to reload ten tabs manually, you have an almost automatic solution. Do you use Reload All Tabs? Has it solved your frustration of having to reload tabs? We’d love to hear your input!


Download Reload All Tabs for Chrome

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  1. Zippy
    March 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This is great, but I can't help feeling you've used about 2000 words here where about 200 would do.

  2. Aj
    January 9, 2015 at 2:28 am

    This is great for anyone who is doing researching or shopping. Sometimes I will open a bunch of things to look at while shopping but need to add them to a list I just created on the site (like a wishlist type of list) but I would need to reopen the 30 tabs again... i could close it but some times tabs don't come back (or I'm on a computer or profile that doesn't have it enabled) Very niche but still useful to some people.

  3. Brandon Ragoo
    January 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Perfect for when I'm developing my website for school assignments. Thanks a lot :)

  4. Alexander
    January 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I personally don't have that many tabs open. But it is a nice addon for people that need it :)

  5. ha14
    January 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Automatic reload with option of setting the reload time is a good feature

    chrome refresh
    Reloads individual tabs automatically.
    v1.1 Grey the icon when not active
    v1.2 Selectable refresh interval
    v1.3 Options page to configure default time and "stick on"
    v1.4 Per-tab "stick on"
    v1.5 Automatically refresh selected URLs
    v1.6 Show countdown
    v1.7 Restore scroll position after refreshing

    Auto Refresh Plus

  6. Ashwin Divakaran
    January 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Normally this is not necessary as many people would reopen chrome to reload webpages

  7. Joe Leach
    January 8, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Actually there needs to be a fix for this than just refreshing. I has to do with Flash. Just my opinion.

  8. Ramandeep Singh
    January 8, 2013 at 2:50 am

    There's no need of any extension as for the topic. Just close Chrome and then start it and click on 'Recently closed' > the top link. This do most of the work. Sometimes Chrome itself asks you to reload all tabs.

    • Florin Ardelian
      January 8, 2013 at 3:25 am

      Seriously? An extension for this? An article on MUO about it? This is probably the most useless thing I've encountered on the Internet this year. How many dozen tabs would you need to have open and how often should the browser crash that you would need something like this installed? If your tabs crash and you want to reload them, just hold down Ctrl and repeat pressing PageDown and R, because Ctrl+PageDown moves to the next tab while Ctrl+R reloads it.

    • Scott Macmillan
      January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      This makes much more sense!Thanks.