How to Use Group Tabs in Chrome

Organize all your Chrome tabs

What to Know

  • Right-click a tab and select Add tab to group to create groups. Drag tabs into or out of them as desired.
  • Click on a group’s title tab to expand/collapse it.
  • Right-click on a group’s title tab for a context menu to add tabs to the group, move it, rename it, change its color, or close it.

Using the power of Chrome's Tab Groups allows you to keep a lot of tabs open without the time-wasting penalty of trying to find any given tab. Here’s how to use Chrome’s Tab Groups feature in the Desktop version of Chrome to help keep them all organized.

How Do I Group Tabs in Chrome?

Assuming you already have multiple tabs open (and if you don’t, are you even using the web?), take the following steps.

  1. Right-click one of the browser tabs.

  2. Select Add tab to new group item from the context menu.

    The Chrome Browser's Tab Context Menu.
  3. Enter a name for the group in the provided text box.

    Entering a Title for a New Chrome Tab Group
  4. You can also choose a color for the group by clicking one of the dots.

You can repeat this to create groups for different logical divisions of your tabs, such as News, Work, Media, et cetera.

How Do I Add Tabs to a Group in Chrome?

Once you have one or more groups created, you can start adding existing tabs to them.

The fastest way to add a tab to a group is the drag and drop the tab on the group you want it included in.

  1. Make sure you have have at least one group created.

  2. Alternately, right-click on your desired tab, and select the Add tab to group option, and select your target group.

    Adding a Tab to an Existing Tab Group in Chrome
  3. You can also add new tabs to a group by right-clicking on the group title tab and selecting the New tab in group option from the context menu.

What Can I Do With Tab Groups?

The most useful way to use tab groups is to unclutter your browser window. Specifically, by clicking on the tab title you can expand and collapse all the tabs within the group, hiding them from view.

While tabs are hidden while collapsed, they are still technically active, and therefore use system resources such as RAM.

There’s a variety of other convenient actions you can take using tab groups, as follows:

  • You can use tab groups to easily move multiple tabs between existing windows by dragging the group title tab from one to another.
  • Right-clicking on the group title tab and selecting the Move group to new window will create a brand new window with the group and its tabs. Dragging the group title tab off its current window and releasing it will do the same thing.
  • You can close all tabs within a group easily by right-clicking on the group title tab and selecting the Close group option.
  • If you close a tab group and want to recall it, you can recall the entire group (including its title and color) with the global Ctrl + Shift + t key combo. It’s also available as a group to re-launch from the History list in the main menu.
  • How do I restore tabs in Chrome?

    If you accidentally closed a Chrome tab, you can restore it using two methods. Right-click anywhere in the tabs section of the screen, and then select Reopen Closed Tab. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard. On a Mac, press Command + Shift + T.

  • How do I save tabs in Chrome?

    To save every tab you currently have open in Chrome, open the Bookmarks menu and select Bookmark All Tabs. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl/Command + Shift + D. In the window that opens, you can place all of the tabs into a folder to find them more easily later.

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