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How To Group Chrome Browser Tabs

How To Group Chrome Browser Tabs

We appreciate Google’s Chrome browser for always getting a little better. If it wasn’t for the tireless work of the company’s engineers, and of course, the Chromium project’s many contributors, we couldn’t enjoy the good user experience. We can see their efforts bearing fruits with the new addition of tab groups in the new Chrome 83 version.

Google claims to have been testing tab groups for several months and has discovered that some people like to group tabs by topic, while others group by urgency, progress, and other methods.

Whether you hoard tabs or prefer an uncluttered display, Google Chrome is working to help sort out your browser once and for all. If you’re the type of person who has a hundred tabs open and doesn’t want to close either one of them because they are essential, Google may have a great solution for you. New Tab Groups, available now in the new Chrome 83, make it easy to catalog as many websites as you can open.

According to a blog post, “There are two types of people in the world: tab minimalists who have just a few tabs open at a time and tab collectors who have… significantly more. For minimalists and collectors alike, we’re bringing a new way to organize your tabs to Chrome: tab groups. This feature is available now in Chrome 83.”

Now, with just a simple right-click, one can group their tabs together and label them using a custom name and color. Once the tabs are grouped together, one can move and reorder them on the tab strip.

According to their post, “We’ve been testing out tab groups for several months now (as have some of you), and we’re finding new ways to stay organized. Through our own usage and early user research, we’ve found that some people like to group their Chrome tabs by topic. For instance, it helps if you’re working on several projects, or looking through multiple shopping and review sites.”

One can now create a variety of collections for work, family, research, or play. If you’re working at a big organisation, one can now build sub-groups for specific tasks or people. Once the tabs are linked, you can move or reorder them together.

Google also highlighted how some people group their tabs by how urgent they are – “ASAP,” “this week” and “later.” Similarly, tab groups can help keep track of your progress on certain tasks: “haven’t started,” “in progress,” “need to follow up” and “completed.” Preferably, you can use an emoji as a group name such as a ‘love heart’ for inspiration or ‘a book’ for articles to read. Tab groups can be customized and be used according to a user’s preference.

How to Create Chrome Tab Groups

The first thing to do is open up Chrome. Because the feature is hidden, one has to access it from the Chrome Flags. To add it, open up a new tab, and type in chrome://flags.Search for tab groups on the search box and once found, enable the feature. After that, re-launch your browser.

To create a grouping, right-click on a tab at the top of your screen and select “Add to new group” or “Add to existing group.” These collections are visually organized by color, with a grey dot default at the left of each group.

As soon as you tap it, you can name the group which expands the circle into a pill and can be chosen from eight colors. You can ‘Ungroup’ tabs right from that menu or close everything inside. Dragging on the group name lets you move things across the tab strip.

Conclusion

By grouping several tabs while working on a project or looking through multiple shopping and review sites, this feature makes it convenient for you to locate a specific one as compared to uncontrollably going through each one of them.

When it comes to practicality, tab groups don’t really have a major functional change to Chrome. However, they’ll definitely make it a lot easier to keep track of what one is doing, especially if you’re the type of person that tends to have anywhere from 30 to 60 (or more) tabs open at any given time.

The only nitpick is that there’s a very limited amount of tab group colour options available at the moment (only eight in total). Hopefully, Chrome’s engineers will add a color picker option to add a bit more rationalization.

The new tab group feature was released on the new Chrome 83 version alongside other new features such as:

  • New Cookies Settings
  • New Cookies Controls in Incognito Mode
  • New Safety Check Option
  • New Enhanced Safe Browsing Mode
  • New Web Form Controls
  • New Extensions Button
  • New Barcode Detection API
  • New ANTI-XSS Security Feature
  • DNS-OVER-HTTPS Rollout
  • Chrome Blocks Downloads in Sandboxed Iframes
  • Chrome Blocks Downloads for Files Hosted on HTTP URLs