It’s hard to tell how we got on in the time before web browsers supported multiple tabs. While the ability to open multiple websites in the same browser window has proven to be a huge boon, it has introduced a new problem – that of tab overload.
Recently, Google has made various changes to tabs in Chrome. First of all, it was possible to “pin” them as always available tabs that were made smaller to take up less space. The company then introduced tab grouping and coloring to make it easier to organize. Now the grouping process can be automated.
Google is currently testing an automatic tab grouping feature called Automatic Tab Group Creation. It̵
Very little is known about how the automated process or what criteria Google uses to aid grouping in this way. The company says of the feature: “Automatically creates groups for users when tab groups are enabled”. It works in the macOS, Windows, and Linux versions of Chrome, as well as Chrome OS.
If you want to try out this new automated tab grouping feature, you’ll need to be running the latest Canarian version of Chrome. This build of the browser was created by developers to try out, but it can also be used by anyone who likes to stay on the cutting edge of technology. You can download it here. Note, however, that it may not be completely stable. As such, you may want to run it along with the major version of Chrome instead of using it as your main browser.
With Chrome Canary installed, you can enable tab grouping using the following steps:
- Start Chrome and visit chrome: // flags
- Search for Automatically create tab groupsand then select from the drop-down menu activated
- Restart Chrome and you’re good to go