How to group tabs on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge
Your browser tabs are messy. You always end up with at least a few dozen pages open, of which you can’t even remember needing half. Fearing that you will regret it later and lose them forever, you don’t want to shut them down either. So why don’t you try to organize them into groups?
Most browsers allow you to sort your tabs into groups. You can categorize them according to their purpose, hide and retrieve them at will, and color-code them to easily spot a specific page in your crowded strip of tabs. Here’s how to group your tabs on Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.
Group tabs on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Brave Browser
On Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge and Brave Browser, you no longer need to launch multiple windows to keep your tab tidy. They allow you to group your tabs into separate labels and accents in the same window. What’s especially handy with Chrome’s tab management tool is that you can minimize groups and all of their web pages in one corner and focus on one project at a time.
To create a group on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Brave Browser, right click on any of the tabs you want to place in your first category and select “Add tab to new group”. In the next prompt, insert the label, choose the color that will underline all the tabs in this group, and press Enter.
To add more tabs to this group, right click on them and navigate to “Add to group”> [group name]. Alternatively, you can just drag it into the group color.
To place a tab in a new group, select “New group” from the “Add to group” drop-down list. Continue like this for the rest of your tabs.
Once you’re done grouping your open web pages, you can click a group’s name to collapse it and reveal all of its tabs to avoid clutter. Additionally, you have the option to instantly move a group to a new window by right-clicking on its label and selecting “Move Group to New Window”.
Save tab groups on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Brave Browser
On Microsoft Edge, you can save your groups and pick up where you left off, even after shutting down your computer. Right click on a group’s label and press “Add Tab Group to New Collection” to turn all of its tabs into a collection.
Google Chrome and Brave Browser, unfortunately, do not yet have this capability. The only official way to restore tab groups when you stop is to enable the âcontinue where you left offâ option in Settings> On startup. Once this option is enabled, your browser will always automatically relaunch all tabs and groups that were active when you left it.
Alternatively, you can download this third party extension, which in addition to letting you properly save your groups, offers a handful of other features that complement Chrome’s tab grouping functionality. With it, you can perform tab grouping actions using keyboard shortcuts, automate grouping of similar tabs based on defined rules, etc.
Group tabs on Apple Safari
Safari offers arguably the most thoughtful tab grouping feature. It basically lets you create workspaces in your browser, much like you would create multiple desktops to separate application windows on your Mac. Unlike Chrome’s approach, Safari’s tab groups don’t work side-by-side. You can only focus on one group at a time and switch between them. It also saves and tags them automatically so you can instantly resume your web workspaces on startup.
Right click on a Safari tab and go to “Move to Tab Group”> “New Tab Group” to form a group. The tab will be moved to a separate section in the same window, and from the left sidebar you can name your new group.
To return to your remaining unlinked tabs, click the “Tab” button at the top of the sidebar. To add another page to the group, select “Move to a tab group”> [Group name] from its context menu. You can create as many tab groups and multitask between them as if you had many browser windows open.
Group tabs on Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox does not yet have a tab grouping feature. So you will have to rely on a free third-party add-on called “Simple tab groupsâTo organize your tabs into groups. It works just like what Chrome or Safari offers by default.
Once you have simple tab groups on your Firefox browser, all you need to do is right click on a tab and click “Move tab to new group”> “Create a new group “to move it to a new group. You can repeat these steps to add new tabs to this group or create a new one from scratch.
When you click on the single tab groups icon in the top right corner of Firefox, you can also preview all your groups and manage them from a central dashboard.