How to Group Tabs in Chrome

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Almost a year ago, Google quietly rolled out the Chrome group tabs feature to all desktop users, allowing them to place tabs with a similar purpose next to each other. Unfortunately, because it’s hidden behind a context menu, many still don’t realize this feature exists. Today, we’re going to fix that by showing you how to group tabs in the Chrome desktop.

How to Organize Tabs in Chrome: Tab Groups

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Chrome’s Tab Groups feature lets you separate and color-code your tabs into distinct, labeled groups. This helps with organization and readability, as users can also hide tab groups that they are not using at the time.

For anyone working on a single screen, this can be invaluable. It lets you, for example, group work and personal tabs together, or separate various research topics into distinct categories.

Although you previously had to enable a flag to use tab groups in Chrome, it is now part of the general feature set and can be used without additional steps. Here’s how to use it:

How to Group Tabs in Chrome

Once you get the hang of it, grouping tabs in Chrome is very quick and convenient. With just a few clicks, you can create a new tab group and drag other tabs into it as you wish. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on the tab you want to group and choose “Add tab to new group”

    Windows 11 - Coogle Chrome - Add tab to new group

  2. Give a color and/or a name to your group of tabs

    Windows 11 - Coogle Chrome - Add tab to new group - Name - Choose color

  3. Right-click other tabs and choose “Add tab to group > your group name”

    You can also just click and drag your existing tabs into the group.

    Windows 11 - Coogle Chrome - Add tab to group - Winbuzzer

  4. Chrome will highlight tabs in a group with the appropriate color, to the right of the tab name

    You can rearrange the tabs within the group as desired without removing them from the group.

    Windows 11 - Coogle Chrome - Add tab to group - Winbuzzer - Result

  5. Open new tab in group, ungroup or close groups via tab group context menu

    You can access this menu by right-clicking the name of any Chrome tab group.

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - Group tab options

  6. Hide your Chrome group tabs by clicking on the group label

    This will not close the tabs, but instead hide them so that only the label is showing.

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - Extended Group tab

  7. Click on your hidden tab label to expand/show them

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - Group tab hidden

That’s all there is to it, really. Tab grouping in Chrome is a simple feature that offers many benefits to single-screen users. You can combine it with some of the other Chrome tricks mentioned below for even more usefulness:

How to save Chrome tabs and reopen them later

One feature I would personally like to see in Chrome’s group tabs is the ability to save them to reopen at any time. Hopefully Google will implement this soon, but until then you can open the group in a new window and then follow our guide on how to save all open tabs in Chrome.

If your browser is starting to slow down with all those tabs you have open, you might want to follow our guide on how to enable hardware acceleration. This is especially useful when playing videos or other interactive content.

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