How to Group Google Chrome Tabs on Win­dows and Mac

Danny Maiorca

When working on a big project on Google Chrome, you may find that you eventually have far too many tabs open on your screen. When this happens, you run the risk of getting overwhelmed, and that your productivity takes a dip.

Google Chrome Laptop

Fortunately, you no longer need to worry about having too many tabs open on your browser. Google has made it easy to group tabs based on however you want to categorize them.

In this article, you’ll find out the two best ways to group Google Chrome tabs on both Windows and Mac.

Color-Coding While Using Google Chrome

If you find that you’ve got too many tabs open while in the middle of a Google Chrome session, you can group them and minimize the ones you aren’t using.

Grouping Google Chrome tabs with different colors is easy. If you’re on a Mac, all you need to do is follow the steps below.

Step 1: Hold Ctrl and click the trackpad at the same time on a tab.

Step 2: Click Add tab to new group.

Chrome add to new group

Step 3: Give your group a name.

Step 4: Choose the color you want to give this group.

Chrome new tab color

You’ll then need to add the tabs you want to be included in the group. To do this, the steps below are for you.

Step 1: Hold Ctrl and click the trackpad on the tab you want to move.

Step 2: Hover over Add tab to new group, and choose the new tab.

Chrome add to existing group

Repeat the above two processes for every group you want to create. Alternatively, you can drag them over.

If you’re on a Windows computer, you can instead follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: For the first step in each of the above walkthroughs, right-click on the tab you want to add to a group instead of using Ctrl + trackpad.

Google Chrome Windows tabs

Step 2: The remaining processes are identical to those listed above.

2. Segmenting Bookmarked Tabs by Folders

If you color-code your tabs on Google Chrome, they won’t reappear when you close and reopen the app.

For longer-term projects, you can instead choose to divide important tabs by creating different folders.

Sorting your bookmarked Google Chrome tabs is a straightforward process. Below are the steps you need to take when on a Mac.

Step 1: Click Ctrl + trackpad on the bookmarks bar in the web browser.

Step 2: Scroll down to Add Folder... and select this option.

Chrome add folder option

Step 3: On the New Folder page, type in the name you want to call your new folder.

Chrome create new bookmarked group tab

Step 4: Click Save.

Once you’ve created a new folder, follow the steps below to add all of your tabs into this if you're on a Mac.

Step 1: Click on the tab you want to add to your newly-created folder by using Ctrl + trackpad.

Step 2: Choose the Edit option.

Bookmarked Folder Edit

Step 3: On the next page, you’ll see a list of all the folders you’ve created. Pick the one you just made and press Save.

Chrome Bookmark Folder Creation

Step 4: Your bookmark will now feature in this folder. To access it, click on the titled folder that features in the bookmarked tabs section.

Step 5: Repeat this process for every tab you want to add to the folder.

If you want to complete the above steps on a Windows computer, the only difference is for the first step in both of them. Instead of using Ctrl + trackpad for both of these, you’ll need to right-click.

How to Delete a Bookmark Group

When you no longer need the tabs that you bookmarked, getting rid of them is simple. All you need to do is follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Click on the folder with Ctrl + trackpad on a Mac or by right-clicking on your Windows computer.

Chrome delete folder bookmarked

Step 2: Select Delete. Google will instantly remove both the folder and any saved tabs.

Group Your Tabs on Google Chrome and Manage Your Projects With More Ease

Having too many tabs open on Google Chrome is a source of stress for many users. Luckily, though, organizing them so that they’re more manageable isn’t too tricky.

If you’re working on something where you won’t need the tabs afterward, color-coding is the best option. Once you close the app, you no longer need to think about them.

But for longer-term assignments and everyday essentials (such as your emails), grouping them in a bookmarked folder is the smarter alternative.


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Danny specializes in writing about iOS and macOS for Guiding Tech. He is a freelance writer with an extensive portfolio in the technology sector, which spans across some of the industry's biggest publications. Danny lives Copenhagen, Denmark, having been born in the UK.