Chrome’s new tab groups are a polarizing topic among users, but Google continues to bolster the feature with new features that are worth trying out. Tab groups let you organize open pages into different groups – which makes juggling all those tabs a lot easier – and now Google is testing the possibility of saving tab groups so you can open them again later.
It’s basically a different way to bookmark pages, but unlike regular bookmarks or the Reading List menu, saving tabs lets you open all of the tabs in a saved group at once, which makes it more convenient when you routinely browse the same sites at the same time need to open.
Personally, saving tabs is helpful as I have to open Google Drive, multiple email accounts, work calendars, and more as soon as I launch my browser on weekdays – and I’m sure many of you can understand that. Being able to load all the pages I need at once saves time.
Saving tab groups is only available in Chrome Canary on desktop for now, but its presence in the latest test build means it should be rolled out to the stable version soon. You can try it out early by downloading Chrome Canary version 95, which is available from the Chrome downloads page. Those who already have Chrome Canary installed can go to. To update Settings> About Chrome.
Note, however, that Chrome Canary is the most experimental of the Chrome versions available. It’s Google’s testing ground for unfinished features, so it’s prone to bugs, crashes, and other issues. Fortunately, Chrome Canary installs as a separate browser from the stable and beta builds of Chrome, so you can easily switch to a more secure version if you have problems.
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As with many unfinished Chrome features, enabling saving tab groups requires changing the browser’s experimental flags. If you are not careful it can cause problems. Just make sure you only change the flag associated with the function and you’ll be fine. However, switching the experimental flag is not necessary as soon as the function is rolled out to the stable version.
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- Open Chrome Canary and go to chrome: // flags.
- Use the search bar to find “Save tab groups.”
- Click the drop-down menu under the “Save tab groups” Option and put it on “Allows.”
- click “Restart” when prompted to save your changes and restart the browser.
You can now save and retrieve groups of tabs in Chrome Canary. This is how it works:
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- Open a new tab in Chrome Canary, then Right click it in the tab menu and select “Add tab to new group.”
- Set the tab name and color (if you want). You can also add more tabs to the group.
- To save the tab group, right-click the colored circle of the tab group.
- Switch “Save group.” The tabs will now appear in your history if you want to come back to them later.
To restore a tab group:
- At the top right of the browser, click the three-dot menu icon and go to History> Last Closed> Tabs> (tab group name).
- You can also immediately return to a closed group of tabs by pressing Ctrl + Shift + T.