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How to Enable Tab Groups in Google Chrome

Enabling Chrome tab groups can help to tidy up the Chrome interface. Here’s how to enable and use this feature.

Google Chrome is designed with multiple page tabs in mind. Having too many tabs open, however, can make it difficult to keep track of your open pages. A good way to deal with this problem is to use tab groups in Chrome.

Unfortunately, this isn’t an option that’s enabled by default. You’ll need to enable Chrome tab groups using the hidden Chrome flags menu. Here’s how to enable and use tab groups in Chrome.

Enabling Chrome Tab Groups

As of Chrome version 80, Chrome tab groups aren’t a feature available to all users by default. If you want to group tabs together in Chrome, you’ll need to enable it in the hidden Chrome flags menu.

This is a secret menu where various experimental features and settings can be enabled. To access the Chrome flags menu, type chrome://flags in the Chrome address bar, then press enter.

The Chrome flags menu accessed from the address bar

You’ll then need to search through and locate the Tab Groups flag. You can do this manually by scrolling through the list or by typing #tab-groups or tab groups in the search bar at the top.

Tab groups flag in Google Chrome

The Tab Groups setting flag is set to Default by default, which (as of version 80) means that the flag is disabled.

To enable this setting, press the drop-down menu next to the flag and select the Enabled option.

Enabling tab groups in Chrome

You’ll need to restart Chrome after enabling this feature. Press the Relaunch button that appears at the bottom of your screen to do this, or close and reopen Chrome manually.

Relaunch button to restart Chrome

Once Chrome restarts, the Chrome tab groups feature will be enabled.

You can double-check this by returning to the chrome://flags menu in your address bar. The enabled Tab Groups flag should appear at the top of the Available tab.

Enabled flags in Google Chrome

How to Group Tabs in Google Chrome

With the Tab Groups flag enabled and Chrome restarted, you’ll be able to group tabs together. To create a new tab group, right-click an open tab and press the Add to New Group option.

Adding a tab to a new tab group in Chrome

The tab will appear as part of a new group of tabs with a colored outline around it. You can follow the same process to create further tab groups.

A single tabbed group in Chrome

Chrome will automatically set a default color for a tab group. You can change this by pressing the colored circular label icon next to your tab group.

This will display a drop-down options menu for your tab group, where you can change the group color and add a group name label. The name you choose for your group will appear inside the tab label icon.

Renaming a tab group in Chrome

If you want to add more tabs to the new group you’ve created, right-click another tab and hover over Add to Existing Group, then select the option that matches your chosen tab group.

Adding further tabs to Chrome groups

To remove a tab from your group, right-click the tab and press the Remove from Group option.

Removing a tab from a Chrome tab group

You can close all of the open tabs in a group at once by clicking the colored tab label (or circle, if the tab is unnamed) and pressing the Close Group option.

Press Ungroup to remove all of the grouped tabs from the group and returning them to normal.

Close or ungroup tab groups in Chrome

Tweaking Google Chrome Settings

While it isn’t enabled by default, Chrome tab groups prove how flexible the Chrome experience can be. You can tweak your Google Chrome settings even further by disabling tab hover cards to reduce screen clutter, for instance.

If you’re looking for an entirely new (yet totally familiar) browser experience, you should get started with Microsoft Edge, the new Chrome-based Microsoft browser, instead.


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