Are you the type of person that keeps open tabs to a minimum, or the kind of person to let tabs run wild? Regardless of which one you are, you could probably use a way to organize your tabs and smoothen your workflow quickly. For this, Chrome’s group tabs feature can help!
Tab grouping isn’t new by any means. It’s been around for years on other browsers like Vivaldi or Opera. However, it is a relatively new feature to Google Chrome since it was only really introduced as a fully functional feature in Chrome 88 (released in January of 2021). The feature allows you to group open tabs with a single click and label them with a name and a custom color. You can also move and reorder the groups to your preference.
You may not know about this feature because it’s hidden behind a Chrome context menu. If you want to know how to group tabs in Chrome, this guide can help you figure it out.
Why Should You Group Tabs in Chrome?
There are usually various reasons for grouping your tabs. For example, people often group their tabs to keep things organized while they’re working on different projects. There are other reasons, such as:
- Making it easier to separate personal browsing and school or work tabs
- Looking through different shopping or review websites
- Reducing distractions
- Reducing multitasking
People also like to use the tab organizer Chrome provided to help reduce the chances of them getting overwhelmed with work and stimuli.
You can group tabs by progress, urgency, topics, purpose, or however else you see fit.
How to Group Tabs in Chrome
How to Group Tabs Together in Chrome on Desktop
Making use of the group tabs feature is pretty simple on the desktop. All you have to do is follow the steps below!
Creating a new tab group
- Open Google Chrome if you haven’t already. Open a new tab and navigate to a website you would like to add to your group.
- Right-click on the tab, then click on Add tab to new group. A customization window will then appear. In this window, you can add a label and choose the label color for your tab group. Right-click on the little circle next to the tab (or your label) to open the customization window again.
Adding a new tab to the group
Right-click on the tab group’s icon or label to bring up the context menu. Click on + New Tab in Group to open a new tab. From this new tab, you can navigate to whichever website you prefer.
Right-click on an open tab then hover on add tab to group. Choose the group from the resulting context menu.
Click on a tab and drag it into the group you want it to be in.
How to Ungroup Tabs in Chrome on Desktop
If you want to completely get rid of a group without closing out any of the tabs, the process is simple. Right-click on the group’s label to bring up the customization menu. From there, click on Ungroup and it will disband the group altogether while keeping all of the tabs inside it open.
If you want to remove just one tab from the group, you can right-click on the tab and click Remove From Group.
Alternatively, you can click a tab and drag it out of the group. Release and voila!
Using Chrome Tab Groups on Mobile
How do you group tabs in Chrome mobile? The feature is enabled by default on mobile devices and you can use it as soon as you open Chrome. Often, Chrome will try to group tabs on its own, especially if it deems the new tabs to be contextually related. However, you can also create your own tab groups. Here’s how!
Creating a new tab group and removing tabs from group
- Open Chrome on your mobile device and navigate to the tab switcher. You can find the tab switcher on the upper right corner of your device, between the URL bar and the three dots icon. Open tabs you would like to group together.
- In the tab switcher screen, tap on the three dots icon on the top right corner. Tap on Group tabs. Choose the icons you would like to group together, then tap on Group.
- To ungroup, simply tap to open the tab group. Tap on a tab and drag it down to Remove from group.
Adding more tabs
If you would like to add tabs to an open group, there are a couple of ways to do it.
Navigate to the tab switcher. Long press on the tab and drag it on top of the group. Release!
Tap on the tab group. Tap on the + (plus icon) on the top right corner of the group box to add a new tab. Within the new tab, navigate to any page you’d like.
When you’re browsing a website within a tab that’s in the group, you can open new tabs in the group using hyperlinks. Long press on a link and tap Open in a new tab in group.
How to Close Tabs from Groups
From the PC, simply press the X on the tab to close it. Alternatively, you can navigate to the tab and make sure it is in focus. Then, you can press control or command + W to close it using the keyboard shortcut.
On mobile, you can go to the tab switcher, open the group, then tap the X on any tab you want to close. Alternatively, you can use the bottom tab group navigation bar. Tap on the X on any tab’s icon.
How to Disable Tab Groups
If you don’t want to use tab groups on your computer, simply don’t use the feature! Unfortunately, there currently appears to be no way to disable the feature on mobile. We will update this space if a new solution comes out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a tab group in Chrome?
If you still find yourself wondering how to make tab groups in Chrome, the guide above will show you how. Follow the steps on desktop or mobile to create and manage your tab groups!
How do I group tabs and labels in Chrome?
Grouping tabs is quite simple — all you need to do is follow the guide above. Labels are a great and convenient way for how to organize Chrome tabs, especially since you can choose the colors for them as well. Left-clicking on a label will open and close tab groups so you can maximize or minimize them at will.
Can you combine tabs in Chrome?
Yes, you can combine them into groups.
Why can’t I group my tabs?
If you are unable to group your tabs at all, you may be using an outdated version of Google Chrome. Update to the latest version and you should be able to use this feature again.
What happened to group tabs in Chrome?
When the feature was first introduced to Chrome, it was experimental. At the time, you could enable or disable it at will. However, after that initial experiment, tab groups have now been added as a permanent feature.
Do group tabs save in Chrome?
If you’re asking “does Chrome save tab groups?” the answer is yes, but it is an experimental feature. Go to Chrome://flags and search for “Tab Groups Save.” Enable it, relaunch Chrome, and you should be able to use the feature when you right-click on a tab group label.
Now that the group tabs feature is built into Chrome, you now have the power to streamline your workflow even more. We hope this guide on how to group tabs in Chrome has helped you figure out how to improve your productivity even more!
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