Google Chrome introduces a new feature to help you better manage all open tabs. The company today announced the introduction of “tab groups” for the beta version of its web browser, which you can use to organize, label, and even color code your tabs for easy access. The feature will be added to the stable version of Chrome next week.
To use the new function, you can right-click on a tab and select “Add tab to group”. You can then select an existing group to move the tab into, or create a new one, which you can also name and label.
The company had tested this solution several months before today’s release, as some had previously determined. Based on this early research, Google found that many people tended to organize their tabs by topic ̵
However, others would organize tabs according to urgency and call them “ASAP”, “this week” or “later”. Google also suggests that tab groups can be used to keep you focused on the progress of tasks by grouping them into areas such as “In Progress,” “Follow Up,” and “Completed”
If you prefer a more minimalist look, tab groups also support the use of emoji in their captions.
The problem that too many tabs are open often occurs for everyone who spends time on the Internet, whether for work, school, research, online shopping or just for fun surfing. Tabs stack up with all the things you need to come back to at a different time – unless, of course, they’re part of your permanent collection of pinned tabs that never close.
Despite the spread of the “too many tabs” problem, Google still had to introduce a solution for Chrome users. This led to the creation of a home industry of tab management tools like OneTab, Workona, Toby and many others.
In the meantime, other browser manufacturers have taken advantage of consumer demand for better tab management solutions to make this a selling point for their own Chrome alternatives. For example, Vivaldi offers automatic stacking of tabs in order to keep tabs out of order. Earlier this year, Opera launched a new version of its web browser that allows you to organize tabs in different work areas.
Google is probably not too worried about losing its majority market share to its competitors, as it dominates almost entirely on the desktop. But Chrome has dropped from a 71.15% share of the desktop browser market in August 2019 to 67.15% in April 2019 as other browsers move in. That could have been just enough to get Google to focus on new features that keep consumers in their ecosystem.
Tab groups are available for preview in Google Chrome Beta today. The feature will also be available for Chrome on the desktop on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac and Linux when the updated version is launched next week.
However, Google Tab Group precautions are slowly being introduced to ensure that Chrome’s stability and performance are not compromised. So if you feel like using the new tab group feature earlier, you may want to switch to beta for now.