Using Chrome tab groups does add a click to your process, but it’s worth the trade-off—especially if you’re prone to distractions.

  • With your tabs open in Google Chrome, right-click any tab, and select Add Tab to New Group.
  • Assign a group name and color. If you don’t do either of these things, Google will automatically assign the group color and leave it nameless.
  • To add different tabs to an existing group, repeat step one. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the tab instantly into an expanded group.

Any tabs that belong to a group could have the assigned group color appear above or below the tab name. (The colored line will appear above the tab to indicate that’s the tab you’re currently in.)

To expand or collapse Chrome group tabs, simply click on the group name. If you didn’t assign a name to the group, click on the colored dot automatically assigned to the group. (Note: You can’t collapse a group if you’re currently in a tab within that group.)

To remove a tab from a group, right-click the tab, choose Remove From Group, or drag the tab onto an empty area in your tab strip.

Ways to stay focused with group tabs in Chrome

It may be very easy to get organization-happy and create too many tab groups, effectively leaving you in the same predicament you came here to solve.

This is where I will put up three tips that assist me to stay focused while working with Chrome:
Limit your groups. When I teach, I group my tabs by course name, which puts me at a manageable four to five teams. There’s no hard rule to this limit, so discover what works best for you.
Collapse your groups. Once your groups are created, remove all your groups except the ones you currently need.
Use dedicated windows. When I don’t need to test the limits of my willpower, I transfer the group (i.e., project or topic) that I’m currently working on to its own window.

To do that, right-click the group name and select Move Group to New Window. Or click on the group name and drag it out of its current tab strip. save your group tabs

How to save your group tabs

There’s no straightforward way to save your group tabs in your browser, however, there is a handy workaround.

  • Click on the three dots stacked vertically to the right of the address bar in your Google Chrome browser.
  • Click Settings.
  • From the left-hand Settings menu, click On startup.
  • Choose Continue where you left off.

Now, when you quit Google Chrome and open a new window, your tabs will be right where you left them—tucked away safe and sound in their new groups.

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