Many users prefer to keep quite a few tabs open in their Chrome browser. This scores pretty decently when it comes to the multitasking domain. However, as you keep on opening each new tab, their size would keep on diminishing, until you are left with just the default tab icon.
And this might lead to a few issues. The biggest among which is the fact that you wouldn’t be able to identify the sites contained inside those tabs until you hover the cursor or manually open them. This is where Chrome’s Tab Group feature proves to be a handy utility.
This functionality allows you to create a bunch of groups, each with its own set of tabs. For example, you could create a tech group and transfer all the opened tech blogs and websites to that group.
Furthermore, to differentiate one group from another, you could label them or even assign them distinctive colors. Net-net, handling a plethora of opened tabs has never been so much easier in Chrome. So on that note, let’s check out the steps to make full use of this feature.
Create Tab Group in Chrome
During its initial testing phase, you were required to enable the Tab Groups experimental feature flag. However, as of now, this feature has been enabled by default across all Chrome browser version 83 and above. So make sure that your chrome is updated to the latest version.
Here are steps to create a tab group in the chrome browser:
- Launch Google Chrome browser.
- Open a few tabs on the browser.
- Right-click on any one of those tabs and select Add tab to the new group.
It will now ask you to give this group a name and assign a color.
- Enter a name label to the tab group and select color code.
That’s it. Your new group is now created. You may change the name and color of this group anytime in the near future as well. However, as of now, it is only having a single tab. Let’s try adding more tabs to this group.
Add Tabs inside a Group
To add an already opened tab inside a group, you could take two different approaches. The shorter and quicker method is to simply drag the open tab to the desired group.
However, if you instead wish to take a slightly longer route, then right-click on the open tab, hover over the ‘Add a tab to group’ option and select the group from the existing list. You may also choose to create a new group if it’s available.
What about adding a new unopened tab in a particular group? Well, there are again two different methods to carry out this task.
- The first one, as you might have guessed, is to open a new tab the normal way and then drag it to the desired group.
- The second method involves right-clicking on the group of your choice and selecting the New tab in the group option.
This will launch a new empty tab window inside that group, which you could use to open the site of your choice.
Remove Tabs from a Group
If you wish to remove a tab from a particular group, then right-click on the desired tab and select the Remove from group option. Do keep in mind that the tab will still remain open inside the browser, it’s just that you have removed it from its group.
Delete a Tab Group
If you have tens of tabs opened inside a group, then manually removing them one at a time would prove too time-consuming. Hence a much better approach will be to dismantle the group altogether. In this regard, there exist two different methods.
- If you wish to delete the group but want to keep all its tabs still opened inside Chrome, then right-click on the desired group and select the Ungroup option.
- On the other hand, if you wish to destroy the group and close all its associated tabs as well, then right on the group and choose the Close Group option.
Bottom Line: Tab Group in Chrome
So this was all from this guide on chrome’s tab group feature that was recently introduced. We have listed all the required instructions, right from creating a new group, to adding and removing tabs from it and even deleting the entire group.
While this feature is also available on Chrome’s Android build, however, as of now, there exists no option to distinguish those groups from one another, as you cannot label them or assign them colors. Fortunately, both these options are available on the PC variant and they seem to do their job quite effectively.
With that said, since I usually have a plentitude of opened tabs, this feature has managed to spell out a clutter-free UI/UX browsing experience. And I guess most of our readers would echo this thought as well. The feature was in demand for quite a long and was already available in the Firefox browser.
Rounding off, we would love to hear your opinions on this, do drop in your views in the comments section below.
FAQs: Manage and Use Tab Groups in Chrome Computer
Now, let us go through the different frequently asked questions regarding how to manage and use tab groups in Chrome Computer.
How to create a Tab Group in Chrome?
Launch the Google Chrome browser and open a few tabs on the browser. Now, right-click on any one of those tabs and select Add tab to the new group. You will be asked to give this group a name and assign a color. Finally, enter a name label to the tab group and select the color code.
How to Add Tab in a Tab Group?
Open a new tab the normal way and then drag it to the desired group to add a tab in a tab group.
How to remove Tab from the Group in Chrome?
Right-click on the desired tab and select the Remove from group option. Do keep in mind that the tab will still remain open inside the browser, it’s just that you have removed it from its group.