Is there a Google Chrome extension to pop out a tab into a separate window? Similar to how one can pop-out a conversation in Hangouts on Google+. Specific extensions exist for YouTube videos, but I'd like something more general that works on any tab.

Natively in Chrome, when a window pops up, you have the option to right click on the title bar and choose "show as tab" to make this window become a tab.

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What I'd like is the exact opposite of this feature: right clicking a tab, and popping it out.

I could - for example - use that in combination with an "Always on Top" and "Transparency" options to:

  • watch a video lecture in a tiny window while taking notes in a document,
  • keep an eye on the progress of an upload while browsing other pages, or
  • look at the manual of a command while typing a code

without having to tile the windows or drag them across monitors. Plus, having the tab in every window clutters the view and is unnecessary. Something like a Hangouts conversation window would be perfect. I'd settle for a workaround to hide the tab/address bars in windows containing single tabs since that would accomplish the same result.

I use Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Xubuntu. So an extension that's OS-independent would be ideal, but one that only works on Windows is also great.


So what do you mean by pop-out? Separating a tab from a group of tabs?

A pop-out is a different type of window. Here is an example from Gmail Compose window:

Pop-out with its context menu:

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Dragged out with its context menu:

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As you can see, there is way less clutter in the pop out Window. Additionally, the context menu has more useful options, including: Always on Top, Transparency, and Minimize to Tray

I hope the difference is clear now

  • So what do you mean by pop-out? Separating a tab from a group of tabs? Aug 30, 2014 at 5:40
  • I edited my question with screenshots of the difference
    – Tymric
    Sep 1, 2014 at 11:43
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    So, you want the end result of using the javascript window.open(location.href, "detab", "toolbar=0"); ? Oct 9, 2014 at 20:20
  • Have you considered making a bookmark out of the above javascript? You can just click that and it will do the process. If not, I could make an extension with the javascript. Oct 10, 2014 at 6:20
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    Ok, I've tried it again, looks like it doesn't work (?). Don't know why. I'll make that extension before the end of the day :) (just got home) Oct 10, 2014 at 16:17

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You can do what you want by using some simple Javascript:

window.open(location.href, "detab", "toolbar=0", "width=500, height=500");

I got the Javascript from here.

You can make a bookmark with this code:

To do this, press Ctrl (or Cmd on OSX) + D. On the resulting popup, press Edit. Change the URL to:

javascript:window.open(location.href, "detab", "toolbar=0", "width=500, height=500");

Make the name something like open as popup. Note: Copy and Paste the above code - you need to have the javascript: prefix for this to work in Chrome. You can edit the numbers for width and height to what you want them to be. This will make the popup open in that size.


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