How to Use Tab Groups in Google Chrome

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You may need to access multiple websites for work, school, or research. Before you know it, you have so many tabs open that you can’t find the one you want when you need it.

With Google Chrome, you can create tab groups to solve this problem. This lets you collect a set of related tabs and apply a group name. Then expand or collapse this group as needed. Let’s review Chrome tab groups so you can control your tabs.

Create a new tab group in Chrome

Select one of the Chrome browser tabs that you want to put in a group. Next, right-click on the tab and select Add a tab to the new group.

Optionally give the group a name and choose a color. Although you don’t have to use a name, it can be useful if you plan to add more tabs to the group or create multiple groups.

Once you’ve created a group, select it to expand and see the tabs it contains, or collapse it to hide them. You will notice that the tabs of a group are surrounded by the color of that group.

You can create additional groups for your other tabs in the same way.

Add more tabs to a group

You can add other open tabs to an existing group or create a new tab within the group.

Add an existing tab to a group

Right-click the tab you want to include, select Add tab to group, and choose the group name from the context menu. If you haven’t given your group a name, you’ll see a website you’ve added to it as a name.

Add a new tab to a group

If you want to add a site to the group but don’t have a tab open for it yet, you can create one. Right-click the tab group and select New tab in group.

When the new tab opens, navigate to the website. It is then automatically saved as part of that group.

Move tabs in groups

You might like to rearrange your tabs by moving a certain tab to another group.

Right-click on the tab and select Add tab to group. Then select the group name from the context menu or choose New group create another group.

Remove a tab from a group

If you no longer want a tab to be part of a group, you can quickly delete it. To remove it from the group and keep it open, right-click the tab and select Remove from group.

To remove a tab from a group and close it, simply close the tab as you normally would with the X on the right side of the tab.

Reopen a group of tabs

When you create a tab group in Chrome, that group is not saved forever. This means that when you close Chrome, these groups are gone. However, there is a way to reopen a group of tabs.

Select the Search tabs arrow at the top right of the Chrome window where you can search for open tabs. Expand the Recently closed section if necessary.

You will then see all the groups you just closed. Choose one to reopen the group and all the tabs it contains.

Remember that this only works for groups of tabs that you recently closed. The list of recently closed tabs fills up quickly as you open and close other tabs.

More tab group actions

There are a few other actions you can perform on Chrome tab groups. You can add or change the name and choose a different color.

Additionally, you can right-click the group and select one of the following options from the drop-down list:

  • New tab in group: Create a new tab in an existing group as described above.
  • Ungroup: Removes all tabs from the group but keeps them open.
  • Close group: closes all tabs in the group and deletes the group.
  • Move group to new window: Moves the entire group of tabs to its own window and keeps them grouped.

What was once accomplished with chrome://flags or Chrome extensions is now the built-in tab groups feature, giving you a great way to organize multiple tabs.

To learn more, watch how to switch between tabs in any browser using keyboard shortcuts.

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