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How to use grouped tabs on Google Chrome



This changes everything (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The latest version of Google Chrome brings with it a feature that is a de facto game-changer – grouped tabs.

If you’re anything like us, your browser window is littered with so many tabs you can’t even see what they are any more.

Thankfully, our prayers have been answered with the ability to group tabs into categories. So if you’ve got four or five different tabs open on articles you want to read, you can add them to a ‘reading’ group.

To take advantage of this alchemy, you’ll need to make sure you’re updated to v83 of Chrome by clicking on the three-dot menu in the top right hand corner and clicking on Help and then About Chrome which will cause the browser to look for the latest update.

Once you’re updated, you can group tabs by right-clicking on a tab and then selecting Add to New Group. This will put a coloured dot next to the tab and shrink the required tabs down to their label. Click the label, and the tabs will expand back outwards as they were.

Keeping tabs on tabs with this new feature (Google)
Tab groups will sit under coloured labels (Google)

‘Through our own usage and early user research, we’ve found that some people like to group their Chrome tabs by topic,’ explained Edward Jung a UX Engineer for Chrome.

‘For instance, it helps if you’re working on several projects, or looking through multiple shopping and review sites. 

‘Others have been grouping their tabs by how urgent they are– “ASAP,” “this week” and “later.” Similarly, tab groups can help keep track of your progress on certain tasks: “haven’t started,” “in progress,” “need to follow up” and “completed.”’

Google Chrome is finally doing something about all those tabs (Google)

He added: ‘My pro tip is that you can use an emoji as a group name such as ❤️ for inspiration or 📖 for articles to read. Tab groups are customizable so you can decide how to use them. And just like regular tabs, your groups are saved when you close and reopen Chrome.’

This isn’t the only change coming to Google’s Chrome browser. The team recently announced they would start blocking resource-heavy adverts in an effort to save users’ battery lives.

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