To test out tab groups, you’ll need to make sure you’re running Chrome version 83. Google typically updates your browser in the background while your Apple Mac or Windows 10 is running and connected to the Wi-Fi, so chances are, the browser will already have been upgraded.
If not, don’t worry, you can kickstart the process manually by clicking on the three-dot menu in the top right-hand corner and clicking Update Google Chrome.
Once that’s done, you should see the new option when you right-click on a tab.
In the new menu, you should see the option to Add to New Group. This will allow you to name a new group – like Work, for example – and set a specific colour for tabs in that group. Obviously, if you’re the sort of person who closes the previous tab as soon as they open a new one, this feature isn’t going to be much use.
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But if, like us, you work with a few dozen or so tabs open at all times – between calendars, email clients, some light reading, shopping and more – this should provide a quick way to glance around your Chrome windows to identify which tabs are work and which are pleasure.
Once you’ve created a few groups, you’ll be able to add a new tab by right-clicking on it and selecting Add To An Existing Group and picking the one you want. Best of all? Anytime that you close and reopen Google Chrome, your tab groupings will be restored and load up automatically.
Having grouped tabs should also make it easier to juggle around your packed browser windows. Once a group is set-up, you can right-click on any tab within the group to move all the tabs into a new window, or close all the tabs in any given group. As you’d expect, there’s also an option to ungroup if you’ve accidentally added your HMV shopping basket to the Work tab.
Google plans to expand the functionality of these tab groups over time, but it’s already a pretty impressive start. If the Group Tab feature isn’t showing up in your web browser, you might need to wait patiently.
Google is slowly rolling out the feature across the globe – so it could be taking time to get to your machine.