Are too many tabs cluttering up your Chrome browser? Google has a solution to help organize all the tabs you have open. The Tab Groups feature provides neat, color-coded labeling for all your tabs.
Update: This feature is no longer hidden behind a Chrome flag. It’s enabled by default for everyone. Just right-click a browser tab to get started. If you have an Android phone, you can now use tab groups in Chrome for Android, too.
How to Use Tab Groups in Chrome
To use the tab grouping feature, you’ll need to open a few tabs to use it to its full extent.
Open a few of your favorite web pages to start grouping your tabs.
Now, right-click on a tab and select “Add To New Group” from the context menu.
A colored circle will appear next to the tab, and when you click either the tab or the circle, the tab group menu will show. This is where you can name the group, change the color-coding, add a New Tab into the group, ungroup all tabs in the group, or close all the tabs that are in the group.
When you give the group a name, the circle disappears and is replaced by the label you gave it.
To give your tab groups more personality, you can choose one of the eight colors available. This also helps a bit in distinguishing between groups if you don’t want to give them a name.
To add a New Tab page inside an existing group, click “New Tab In Group,” and it will appear alongside anything already in the group.
To add tabs to an already existing group, right-click a tab, click “Add To Existing Group,” and then choose the group you want to add it to.
Alternatively, drag a tab over into the existing tab group until the color encapsulates it and let it go. The tab will now be a part of the grouping.
If you don’t like the order in which the groups are organized, it’s easy enough to re-arrange them. Drag the label/colored circle around the tab bar until you’re happy with its location.
If you no longer want a specific tab in a group, you can remove it. Right-click on the tab and select “Remove from group.” You can also drag the tab from the group and place it in an empty section.
But if you want to disband the group altogether, you can ungroup anything just as quickly as you created it. Click on the group name and then click “Ungroup.”
If you’re done with everything inside the group, you can close all the tabs at once, destroying the group and everything in it. Click the designated group name and then click “Close Group” in the menu.
Although Google Chrome’s tab grouping feature is missing a few things—like the ability to merge groups—the Tab Groups feature is a great way to organize, group, and label all the tabs you have open in your browser.
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