Chrome now has the long-awaited "Collapse Tab Groups" feature

Organize a large number of tabs in one click.

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2020年08月27日, 午後 07:14 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Google's Chrome browser now includes the long-awaited ability to collapse grouped tabs.

When you have so many tabs open that you can't keep track of them, grouping them together lets you minimize them to icon size with a single click and reopen them as needed.

The customization of Google Chrome with its rich extensions is one of its attractions, but the management of tabs cannot be touched from the extension, and for a long time neither the official nor the extension supported the grouping of tabs and the treeing of tabs, which are available in other browsers.

Google Chrome
Google Chrome

The "Group Tabs" feature was finally added to Chrome in May of this year, but what was initially available was the ability to group them together, name them to make them easier to distinguish, and close them together or open them in a separate window.

Chrome finally supports grouping of tabs. Enabled in Beta

The crucial "Collapse each group and expand only when needed" will finally be available from today onwards in the update.

How to group tabs, open and close tab groups in Chrome

Google Chrome
  • Collapse and expand the tab group
    ➡ Left click on the icon on the left side of the group. Just do that.

You can't collapse a group unless it's grouped first.

  • Grouping tabs
    ➡ First, right-click on the parent tab and select "Add Tab to New Group".

    If there is already another group, you can select either a new group or an existing group from "Add Tab to Group >".

  • Adding a tab to the tab group
    ➡ Drop a tab on top of a group (to add an existing tab)
    ➡ Right-click on the group's tab and select "New Tab to the Right".
    ➡ Open in the same group by clicking the "Open Link in New Tab" (middle click) from a page link in the group.

From a page with a large number of links, such as search results, you can open tabs in the same group by middle-clicking or ctrl + click (command + click on a Mac) to "Open Link in New Tab" and fold and move them together. I feel like I'm writing about how to use Opera back in the 20th century

Google Chrome
Google Chrome
  • Manage tab groups (name, select icon, ungroup, move, close)
    ➡ When you create a tab group, a round group icon appears on the left side. From the right-click menu, you can name the group, choose the color of the icon, move the group to a new window, close the group (not collapse), ungroup, or add a new tab in the group.

Other new features or improvements in the latest version or beta of Chrome browser include:

  • Open tabs up to 10% faster.

  • New touch-friendly tab interface is introduced in tablet mode. Coming to Chromebooks first.

  • Show suggestions to switch to an already-open tab while typing in the address bar (Android), already available on PC.

  • Tab preview with thumbnails in hover over tabs (beta).

  • PDF forms can now be filled out and save from Chrome directly.

  • Share the page as a QR code. Right-click on the tab menu (desktop). Android is already supported.

Chrome upgrades and new features are rolled out in stages, so they may not be available immediately.

If you want to be the first to use the latest features, you'll be able to use them, including collapsing and expanding tab groups, either by installing the beta or by manually enabling the experimental features through the flags in your settings at your own risk.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

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