How to enable ‘Tab Groups’ in Google Chrome

Google has created a function to help us manage our tabs called Tab Groups. This function allows us to organize our tabs into different groups so that we can easily locate the tabs needed for different projects. It separates the different tabs by color-coding the tabs at the top of your Chrome browser. Hence, if you are unable to read the headings while running multiple tabs, you will be able to identify each tab by color.

This function is not immediately made available to all users. Thus, this article will cover how to enable Tab Groups in Google Chrome.

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Part 1: Enabling ‘Tab Groups’

Before you start, make sure to close and save all tabs that you have open. This is because you will need to Relaunch the browser once you have enabled the function for it to be implemented.

  1. On your PC device, launch the Google Chrome Browser.
  2. Locate the search bar right at the top of the window where you will usually see the web address. Click on this search bar.
  3. Type in ‘chrome://flags’. There will be a warning page that informs you that this is still an experimental feature.
  4. You will see a long list of features that are still under experimentation. You can find Tab Groups by manually scrolling through the whole list. Alternatively, you can type ‘#tab-groups’ in the search bar.
  5. Once you have found the Tab Groups setting, look at the button on the right of the description. Click on it to reveal the drop-down menu.
  6. To be able to use Tab Groups, select Enabled.
  7. Select the blue Relaunch button at the bottom of your screen once you have completed the previous step. Your Chrome browser will reload and the feature will be implemented within your browser.
  8. You can check to make sure the function has been enabled by typing ‘chrome://flags’ into the search bar. You will see Tab Groups at the top of the list and beside it, the drop-down menu has been changed to enabled.

Part 2: Using the ‘Tab Groups’ function

Knowing how to enable Tab Groups is the first step, now we need to know how to implement and use it while we are browsing the web.

  1. To create a Tab Group, right-click on the tab at the top of your window.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Add to new group’. It will automatically be given a color.
  3. To customize your Tab Group, click on the colored circle beside your tab to change the color or name the tab group.
  4. If you would like to open a new tab under the same group, you can click on the colored circle and select the ‘New tab in-group’. Alternatively, you may first open a new tab and search for the subject of interest. Then, right-click on the tab and select ‘Add to existing group’ from the drop-down menu. Choose the name of the group that you would like to include the tab under.
  5. To create a new tab group, perform a search within a new tab on Google Chrome. Then, follow steps 1 to 3 to create and customize the new Tab Group.
  6. If you want to remove a Tab Group and revert all tabs to normal, click on the colored circle on the left of the tab. Select Ungroup. This will remove the colored border of your Tab Group. Alternatively, if you wish to close all the tabs under a group, you may select the option: Close group.
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