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How to enable and use tab groups in Google Chrome

How to enable and use tab groups in Google Chrome

Are there too many tabs cluttering your Chrome browser? Google is working on a solution to help you organize all the tabs you have open. The Tab Groups feature provides neat, color-coded labeling for all your tabs. It is available today behind a banner.

Upgrade : tab groups will become stable and will be enabled by default with the release of Chrome 83 on May 19, 2020. Google will slowly activate tab groups for more and more people over time. Not everyone will get it all at once, but you can use the experimental flag here to activate it if it’s not already enabled in your Chrome browser.

How to enable tab groups in Chrome

Upgrade – To see if tab groups are already enabled in Chrome, right-click on a browser tab and look for ‘Add to new group’. If you see it, the tab groups are activated and you do not need to set the flag.

To enable Tab Groups, open a new Chrome browser tab, type the following in the multipurpose box (address bar), and then press the Enter key:

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Type the URL of the flags in the multifunction box and press the Enter key.

In the search bar at the top of the page, type «Tab groups» and select «On» from the drop-down menu next to the flag.

Type "Tab groups" in the search bar and set the feature to "On".

Click the «Restart Now» button to restart Chrome and apply the experimental flag that has been activated. Make sure you save any work in the open tabs. Chrome will reopen all the tabs you’ve opened, but the text you typed in the fields on the page may disappear.

Warning: this function is behind an experimental brand in older versions of Chrome, which means that Google developers are still working on it and it’s not guaranteed to be completely stable. That Google Chrome clipboard sharing feature, may have errors. I initially tested this feature on Google Chrome 80.

To save your changes and start using the flag, restart Chrome by clicking the "Restart Now" button at the bottom of the page.

How to use tab groups in Chrome

As soon as Chrome restarts, you won’t notice anything different at first. To use the tab grouping feature, you’ll need to open a few tabs to get the most out of it.

Open some of your favorite web pages to start grouping your tabs.

Open a few tabs to get started.

Now right-click on a tab and select «Add to a new group» from the context menu.

Right-click on a tab and choose "Add to New Group" from the context menu.

A colored circle will appear next to the tab, and when you click the tab or circle, the tab group menu will be displayed. Here you can name the group, change the color coding, add a new tab to the group, dig up all the tabs in the group, or close all the tabs in the group.

Click the colored circle to open the Tab Groups menu.

When you give the group a name, the circle disappears and is replaced with the label you gave it.

Give the group a name to distinguish it from the others.

To give tab groups more personality, you can choose one of eight colors available. This also helps a little in distinguishing between groups if you don’t want to give them a name.

Change the color for a special touch.

To add a New Tab page to an existing group, click «New Tab in Group» and it will appear next to any item in the group.

Open a new tab and group it immediately in the current tab group.

To add tabs to an existing group, right-click a tab, click «Add to existing group,» and then choose the group you want to add it to.

Add tabs to an existing group just as quickly.

Alternatively, drag a tab over the existing tab group until the color encapsulates it and release it. The tab will now be part of the group.

Drag a tab to an existing group to add it in an alternate way.

If you don’t like the order in which the groups are arranged, it’s pretty easy to rearrange them. Drag the colored label / circle around the tab bar until you are happy with its placement.

Organize the groups by dragging them.

If you no longer want a specific tab in a group, you can delete it. Right-click on the tab and select «Remove from group». You can also drag the group tab and pin it to an empty section.

Right-click on a tab and choose "Remove from group" to remove a tab from the current group.

But if you want to completely dissolve the group, you can dig up anything as quickly as you created it. Click the group name and then click «Disaggregate.»

Disconnect all tabs in the group by clicking "Disconnect" from the Tab group menu.

If you are completely out of the group, you can close all the tabs at once, destroying the group and everything in it. Click the name of the designated group and then click «Close Group» from the menu.

Close a group and all its tabs by clicking "Close Group" on the Tab Groups menu.

Although the Chrome tab group feature lacks a few things, such as the ability to merge groups, the Tab groups brand is a great way to organize, group, and tag all the tabs you’ve opened in your browser.