It seems that about 2 weeks ago, Gmail began always opening a new tab (in Chrome at least) every time I switch Accounts.

Previously it only opened new tabs when I logged into a new account, but if I closed down to 1 tab, and switched between accounts, I could stay in the same tab.

Does anyone know of a setting in Gmail to keep the same tab when switching accounts?

NOTE: I know about opening links in new windows and tabs, and this not what I am asking - this question is specific only to switching accounts in Gmail.

  • There is an extension for this feature OpenHERE, but unfortunately it doesn't work in this situation [I've notified the author about it]. If you are already logged into both accounts, you could change https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox to https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1 (and vice versa) in the address bar manually.
    – rishimaharaj
    Apr 27, 2012 at 16:12
  • @rishimaharaj thanks for the helpful hints, but I'll settle for no less than the way it used to work - switch accounts, stay in same tab.
    – qxotk
    May 1, 2012 at 22:54
  • I can confirm that the same problem exists with Firefox. I always had one tab 'pinned as app-tab' and it was easy to change between the 2 Gmail accounts I am using. For the time being I now have 2 tabs pinned.
    – user19716
    May 4, 2012 at 10:06
  • Perhaps Google made an executive decision and decided that they want accounts to run in separate tabs all the time? I have to say I could live with it, now I've become somewhat accustomed to it. I am not sure I totally dislike knowing each of my 3 tabs have each of my most-oft-used 3 email inboxen ready to go.
    – qxotk
    May 6, 2012 at 2:31
  • It's been some time since I posted this - and I admit now that I've just become used to it; and I don't mind it at all now - it seems totally normal.
    – qxotk
    Feb 8, 2013 at 20:48

2 Answers 2


I don't know if this is what you need, but you can drag the "Add Account" Button to your address bar, works for me on Firefox.

  • YES and no. YES because it does just what I asked for: once I'm logged into multiple accounts, I can keep it all happening in 1 tab (works for me in Chrome) - and, well, I have to admit, I've kind of settled into having a tab open for each email account, and tabbing between them instead of "post"-ing between them. SO YOU WIN! Marked your help as the answer - well done!
    – qxotk
    Jun 27, 2012 at 0:12
  • NOTE: I get what I wanted by dragging the "Add Account" button to the same tab I was already in
    – qxotk
    Jun 27, 2012 at 0:14
  • You can also drag other account icon istead of 'add account' button to open gmail for a given account directly.
    – Gee-Bee
    Jul 13, 2014 at 11:51

I got it, I just solved the issue. You have to switch with the profile icon on the webpage itself instead of the button on the browser task bar (the icon next to the 3 dots icon).

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