Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

How to Save Chrome Tab Groups Permanently

by Suzanne Kantra on April 09, 2024

As someone who frequently finds myself with countless tabs open, Chrome's Tab Groups feature has been a lifesaver in helping me organize my work. The issue was that when I shut down Chrome for the night, there was no obvious way to restore the Tab Groups I'd been using. With the new update to Chrome, it's much easier to find your Tab Groups to restore them.

Screenshot of Google Chrome showing the Tabs Groups on the Bookmarks bar.

An upcoming trip to Chicago is the perfect example of how using Tab Groups has changed. I was able to create separate color-coded groups for restaurants and activities, making it easy to keep track of my top choices. The best part? I could save my Tab Groups as buttons on my Bookmarks bar, allowing me to close out my Chicago trip tabs when working on other tasks and easily reopen them later. This flexibility made it simple to switch between projects and come back to my travel planning whenever I had time.

If you're new to using Tab Groups, you might be wondering how to get started. The process is straightforward and only takes a few clicks. First, select a tab or hold down the Ctrl or Shift button to select multiple tabs, then right-click and choose "Add tabs to new group." Next, assign a name and color to the group, making it easy to identify. The real magic happens when you toggle on the "Save group" option. This creates a colored button with the Tab Group name that permanently appears on your Bookmarks bar, even after restarting your browser. Anytime you need to access that Tab Group, simply click on the button, and all the tabs will open, ready for you to pick up where you left off.

Are browser tabs opening too slowly? 14 Reasons Why Your Computer is Slow

Screenshot of Google Chrome showing the creation of a Tab Group, selecting a color and name for the group.

Once you've created a Tab Group, you can collapse all the tabs in the group by clicking on its color-coded header, clearing out valuable screen space. If you need to focus on a specific group, you can also move the entire group to a new window.

In addition to these handy features, Chrome has an experimental feature called Tab Organizer that takes tab management to the next level. Tab Organizer uses AI to automatically organize and label your tabs based on their content, and you can save these groups permanently. To turn on Tab Organizer, go to the menu (triple dots) > Settings > Experimental AI > Try out experimental AI features > Tab Organizer. In my testing, I've found it to be remarkably accurate in both selecting tabs to group together and labeling them appropriately.

Browse with confidence: Find out how Chrome's Safe Browsing works - and its limitations.

Chrome's ability to permanently save Tab Groups is a simple yet profound change for those of us who regularly navigate a multitude of open tabs. It has streamlined the way I approach online research and work, and I'm confident it can do the same for you. Give it a try and experience the difference it can make in your digital workspace.

[Image credit: Screenshots via Techlicious, computer mockup via Canva]

For the past 20+ years, Techlicious founder Suzanne Kantra has been exploring and writing about the world’s most exciting and important science and technology issues. Prior to Techlicious, Suzanne was the Technology Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Senior Technology Editor for Popular Science. Suzanne has been featured on CNN, CBS, and NBC.


Tips & How-Tos, Computers and Software, Internet & Networking, Software & Games

Discussion loading

Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.