For those of us who like to—or least tend to—have a lot of browser tabs open at once, Chrome’s new “tab groups” along with the previous ability to pin tabs can help bring order to the chaos.
Below, you can see what I currently have open in Chrome. The six tabs on the left are “pinned.” These are tabs that I frequently use, so I’ve pinned them. I have easy access to them without them taking up so much real estate. To pin a tab, right-click on it, and select “Pin”. [Extra credit: how many of my pinned tabs can you identify based on their icons? Answer below.]
The functionality that Chrome recently added is tab grouping. Above, you can see that I’ve created two groups: Canvas and News. Each group has its own color and its own label.
To use tab grouping, you will need to switch it on.
Go to: chrome://flags/
Scroll down to “Tab Groups” and enable it. [Pro-tip: This is a lengthy list of Chrome features. It’s faster to hit CTRL-F and search for “Tab Groups”.]
Switching “Tab Group” to “Enabled” will produce a “Relaunch” button in the bottom right corner of your screen. Click on it to close your browser and, well, relaunch it.
Now when you right-click on a browser tab, you can add it to a new group. To select several tabs at once, hold down CTRL and left-click on each tab you want to group together. Once you have them selected, let go of the CTRL key, right-click on any of the tabs you selected, and select “add to new group”. Once you’ve created a group, right-clicking on a tab will give you the option to “add to a new group” or “add to an existing group.”
If you are in a group when you open a new tab, that new tab will be added to that group. To change which group a tab is in, click and drag it to a different group.
When you create a new group, Chrome will automatically assign the group a color.
Left-click on the colored circle to choose a different color and to name your group, if you’d like. Here I’ve entered “News” in the text box.
Finally, to delete a group, close all of the tabs in that group—or move all of the tabs out of the group.
If “be more organized” was one of your new year’s resolutions, organize your Chrome tabs, and call this one resolution complete!
Extra credit answers: from left to right, Message by Google, Google Calendar, Gmail, Trello, Google Keep, Outlook 365 To-Do