Chrome Story has been covering the upcoming Chrome tab groups for a while now. Tab groups are not enabled by default on the Stable channel yet. However, from the way it looks, this feature is now ready for a larger audience.
This is my attempt to help you folks get started and use Chrome’s tab groups.
Enable Tab Groups
Currently, you need to enable a “flag” to use tab groups. However, when this feature is completely ready, we might see an option within the Settings page. For now, here is the flag:
Name: Tab Groups
Description: Allows users to organize tabs into visually distinct groups, e.g. to separate tabs associated with different tasks. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
- Open chrome://flags
- Search for the “Tab Groups” flag.
- Restart Chrome.
There are a few ways to “group” tabs in Chrome.
For example, if you are on chromestory.com, click the “About” link from the top-right corner, and open it in a new tab. Chrome will now create a new group and place both the current page and chromestory.com/about in a new group.
Now try clicking the YouTube link that’s on Chrome Story’s footer. You will see that the YouTube page also will be within the Chrome Story group, even though it is not from the same website. You opened it “from” chromestory.com and hence, Chrome will consider it as part of your Chrome Story group.
Right-click any tab and start a group
You can right-click on any of the open tabs and start a group from there. Right-click and choose “Add to new group”
Add tabs to existing groups
You can add tabs to existing groups too. Right-click a tab and choose “Add to existing group”. You will now see a list of existing tab groups. Choose a group to add the current tab to that group.
Remove Tabs From Groups
To remove any tab from its current group, right-click the tab and choose “Remove from group”
You can also drag a tab away and make it another window to remove it from an existing group. You can later move that tab back to the current window and continue using it.
Now, let us look at how to customize tab groups.
Rename a Tab Group
By default, Chrome names groups as “Group 1”, “Group 2” and so on. To change this name, click on the group name. You will see the Customize tab group visuals screen.
In the New title field, enter the new name and click OK.
Change Color of a Tab Group
To change the color of a group, click the tab group’s name. From the Customize tab group visuals screen, pick a new color and click OK.
No way to “Ungroup”
Currently, there is no way to remove all the sites from a group or “ungroup” it. Hopefully, Google will add such an option soon. We will update this article when this information becomes available.
Do you have any Tab Group related question? Post a comment and I can update the article with any missing information.