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Google Chrome Tab Groups: How to use new Tab Groups update

Google Chrome has this month introduced the eagerly-anticipated new Tab Group feature. This allows Chrome users to group open websites together with a single click, in addition to labelling them with a custom name and colour.

And once a Tab Group has been created users are also able to move and reorder the tabs to their heart’s content.

Google Chrome now offers the ideal solution for those who frequently have too many tabs filling their browser.

Tab Groups became enabled by default following this month’s release of Chrome 83.

Developer Google will slowly enable Tab Groups for more and more people over time.

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Google Chrome Tab Groups: Chrome users can now group open websites together with a single click (Image: Getty)

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Although not everyone will get Tab Groups immediately, you can use the experimental flag to enable it if it is yet to be enabled on your Chrome browser.

Users can check whether Tab Groups is already enabled in Google Chrome.

Simply right-click a browser tab and look out for the Add To New Group option.

If this is visible, Tab Groups are enabled meaning the flag does not need to be activated.

Google Chrome Tab Groups: Google Chrome’s Tab Group is easy to use (Image: Getty)

How to Enable Tab Groups in Chrome:

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To enable Tab Groups, open a new Chrome browser tab, type chrome://flags into the address bar and press Enter.

In the search bar at the top of the page, type Tab Groups and choose Enabled from the dropdown menu next to the flag.

Finally, after saving any work left in any open tabs, click Relaunch Now to restart Chrome and apply the enabled experimental flag.

Google Chrome will reopen any tabs you had open, but text typed into fields on the page may disappear.

Remember, this feature is behind an experimental flag on older Google Chrome iterations, meaning developers were still working on it and it is not guaranteed to be 100 percent stable.

How to Use Tab Groups in Google Chrome:

Any changes will not be immediately apparent following the Google Chrome relaunch.

To use the tab grouping feature, users will need to open a few tabs to use it to its full extent.

Start by opening a few web pages to begin grouping your tabs.

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Next, right-click on a tab and select Add To New Group from the context menu.

Now right-click a tab before selecting Add To New Group” from the context menu.

A coloured circle will now appear next to the tab, and the Tab Group menu will show after clicking either the tab or the circle.

This allows Chrome users to name the group, alter the colour coding, add a New Tab into the group, ungroup all tabs in the group and close all the tabs in that group.

When a group receives a name, the circle disappears and is replaced by the new label.

To provide Tab Groups with even more personality, users can choose one of the eight colours on offer.

This helps easily distinguish between groups without giving one a name.

To add a New Tab page inside an existing group, click New Tab In Group and it will appear alongside others already in the group.

Open a new tab and immediately group it in the current tab grouping.

To include more tabs to an existing group, right-click a tab, click Add To Existing Group and then select the group it should be added to.

Users can also quickly add tabs to an already existing group.

Alternatively, drag a tab over into the existing tab group until the colour encapsulates it and let it go.

Users can also easily re-arrange the order in which the groups are organised.

Just drag the label or coloured circle around the tab bar until to a preferred location.

If users no longer want a specific tab in a group, this can also be removed with a click of a button.

Simply right-click on the tab and select Remove From Group, or by dragging the tab from the group and place it in an empty section.

Right-click on a tab and choose Remove From Group to remove a tab from its current group position.

Should users wish to disband the group, just click on the group name, then click Ungroup.

Users can also ungroup all tabs in the group by clicking Ungroup from the Tab Group menu.

Finally, users can close all the tabs at once, destroying the group and everything in it, by clicking the designated group name, then selecting Close Group in the menu.

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