Should You Try Chrome Tab Groups?
Chrome Tab Groups is a new feature from Google that lets you categorize your open tabs into visually distinct groups. Keep reading for a breakdown of what we like and what we don’t like about Chrome Tab Groups, and whether it’s worth putting into action.
If you tend to have lots of tabs open, we recommend Workona instead of Chrome Tab Groups. It's a more powerful tab manager that's just as easy to use.
How do you enable Chrome Tab Groups?
Considered an “experimental feature” (which means Google is still finalizing it), you need to enable this feature manually. Google provides a warning that you may “lose browser data or compromise your security or privacy," so be sure to save any work in open tabs before you enable Tab Groups.
chrome://flagsinto your Chrome address bar.
- In the search bar at the top of the page, type
Tab Groupsand select
Enabledfrom the drop-down menu.
- Click the
Relaunch Nowbutton to restart Chrome and apply Chrome Tab Groups.
- Chrome will reopen any tabs you had open, but fields on those pages may have lost any information they contained.
How do you use Chrome Tab Groups?
Once it's enabled, Chrome Tab Groups is easy to use. In an existing window with open tabs (preferably a sizable number), you can start grouping your tabs. Right-click on a tab and select
Add to New Group from the drop-down menu.
A colored circle will show next to the tab, and when you click either the tab or the circle, the tab group menu will appear. Here you can name the group, change the color scheme, add a new tab into the group, disband all tabs in the group, or close all tabs that are in the group.
What we like about Chrome Tab Groups
What stands out when using Chrome Tab Groups is the simplicity behind it. The scope of the product is limited, so it’s easy to get the hang of it and start organizing your tabs within minutes.
Some other features we like:
- An attractive design. The color coding is visually appealing and might help you stay calm in the midst of tab confusion.
- It keeps things organized, which is invaluable to anyone who spends all day working in the browser.
- It’s still being worked on! Google is continuing to make changes to the product, so it’s possible that some of its drawbacks will be corrected soon.
What we don’t like about Chrome Tab Groups
While Chrome Tab Groups is great if you have limited tabs open, what if you have a large number of tabs open? It could easily become confusing, as you would have many different groups crammed into the same window. If that's the case for you, Workona is a better option.
Workona groups your tabs into workspaces — think of them as separate folders — where you can focus on specific projects. If your work is complex and involves more than one project per day, having your tabs separated into workspaces is a much cleaner organizational system.
Some other features we don’t like:
- It’s a somewhat manual experience. To create and edit your tab groups, you need to right-click on the tabs. Contrast that with a tab manager like Workona, which includes keyboard shortcuts for important actions.
- While Chrome Tab Groups organizes all of your work in your existing browser window, Workona provides a dedicated tab, making it easier to focus on your tasks.
- The inability to merge tab groups. If you want to quickly and frequently rearrange your tabs, you'll need a more powerful tab manager.