Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

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Sourced from Forbes.

Google is rolling out tabbed grouping for Google Chrome. The update aims to address the problem of working with larger numbers of tabs at once.

The new feature makes it possible to group related tabs together and treat them as a single entity for ease of navigation and management. The company is already in the process of upgrading the feature with new options; collapsible tab groups are now available to test in the Canary build of Chrome 85.

If you have already experimented with tab groups, users will almost certainly have noticed that when tabs are grouped together they actually end up taking up more space than before because of the label you assign to them. In response to that, Google has come up with a simple solution which should perhaps have been included right from the start – collapsing tab groups.


This feature lets users click on the label for a group of tabs, and that tab group will shrink down into its label. Click the label again, and the tabs will all expand back into view. The space-saving means that you’ll be able to fit more tabs and group in the browser window, and also that you can identify and navigate groups far more easily.

How to enable Collapsing Tab groups

The ability to collapse tab groups is only available in the Canary build of Chrome at the moment, and it is not enabled by default. If you would like to check it out and see if it’s something you would benefit from, here’s how to enable the feature.

  1. Make sure you are running Chrome Canary 85.0.4148.0
  2. Launch the browser and visit chrome://flags/#tab-groups-collapse
  3. From the drop-down menu to the right, select Enabled
  4. Restart Chrome

If the feature is working as intended, users will be able to create a group of tabs and collapse and expand it by clicking its label.

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