Why Should You Use Tab Groups in Your Web Browser
Tabs are an important part of the web browsing experience. Recently, a new feature called “Tab Groups” has been adopted by almost all major browsers. If you don’t use tab groups, you should.
The concept behind tab groups is quite simple. It lets you combine multiple tabs into groups that can be labeled and moved together. Tab groups are available in Google Chrome on desktop and Android, as well as Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Firefox. The feature works pretty much the same on all platforms.
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Keep everything in one window
Before the Tab Group feature arrived, the easiest way to group multiple tabs together was to place them in a separate browser window. The downside is that you might end up with a bunch of open windows, which doesn’t help with clutter.
Tab groups allow you to keep all your tabs in one window, while creating partitions for different things. You don’t need to remember which window contains your tabs for a specific project. Everything is in one place with colors and labels for easy searching.
Also, if you want to separate the tabs into their own window, placing them in a tab group means you can grab all the tabs at once. It’s the best of both worlds.
As mentioned above, tab groups can be labeled and color coded. If you’re someone who keeps many tabs open at all times, these labels can make a huge difference in how you view browser tabs.
The more tabs you have open, the smaller they are and the less information you can see. However, if you use tab group labels, you’ll always know that the red group is for that project you’ve been working on, while the green group is for holiday gift shopping.
Simply put, the website favicon and page title don’t always paint a picture of what you’re doing. Tab group labels and colors are a much better way to see what’s going on.
Save tabs for later
One of the reasons people tend to end up with tons of open tabs is because they’re afraid of losing something. You think “I might need this tab again, so I’ll leave it open.” It’s digital hoarding.
A cool feature of tab groups is the ability to collapse all tabs in the group into a single tab. So if you constantly find yourself with a million tabs at the top of your browser, you can clean things up by collapsing the groups.
If your device can handle it, you might have dozens of tabs open, but only a few labels at the top of the screen. Now you don’t have to feel so bad about not being able to let go of all those tabs you could be able need again.
A place for everything and everything in its place
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the moral of the story here is organization. Without tab groups, your browser tabs are kind of a wild mess. You click on a link and the page opens at the end of the list of tabs, nothing is ordered and you can forget what you have open.
Tab groups introduce a semblance of order. For example, if you are in a tab group and you click on a link, that page will open in the same tab group. Are you done using these tabs yet? Collapse the group and move on to the next thing, no hard decisions about whether you’ll need it again or not.
Add a little organization to your web browser and multitasking won’t seem so intimidating.