Google Chrome: save tab groups to bookmarks feature

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 12, 2022
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Google launched the ability to save tab groups to the bookmarks of the Chrome web browser earlier this year. Back then, the saving was not persistent, which meant that the saved group would be removed from the bookmarks bar upon relaunch of the browser.

Now, Google has finally added the missing bits that make the feature persists across sessions. The feature is available in Chrome Canary only at the time of writing. Most users may need to enable it on the chrome://flags page to make use of it.

Here is how that is done:

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  1. Load chrome://flags/#tab-groups-save in the Chrome browser's address bar.
  2. Set the status of the experimental feature to Enabled.
  3. Restart Google Chrome.

Right-click on a tab group's name after the restart and select the "save group" option. You will notice that the name is added to the browser's bookmarks bar when the save feature is toggled.

You may close the entire group in the tab bar or individual tabs now without losing the information. A click on the tab group name on the bookmarks bar reopens all tabs of the groups again. What happens when you add or remove tabs from the group? These changes are not saved automatically by Chrome. Only the state of the tab group at the time of activating the save feature is remembered by the Chrome browser.

If you want to save an updated state to the bookmarks bar, you need to toggle the save feature again, by turning it off and then on again.

Saving a tab group to the bookmarks bar is a welcome addition to Chrome's tab grouping functionality. Tab groups may be saved and then closed in the tab bar to make room for other sites.

Tab groups are an excellent feature for browser users who have lots of tabs open. It improves the manageability of open tabs significantly. The option to save tab groups improves the functionality further.

Other Chromium-based browsers may introduce the functionality in their browsers in the future as well.

Now You: do you use tab groups in your browser of choice? (via Deskmodder / Leopeva)

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Google Chrome: save tab groups to bookmarks feature
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Google Chrome users may save tab groups to the browser's bookmarks bar in the latest Canary release: here is how that is done and why that is useful.
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  1. Franck said on November 12, 2022 at 1:36 pm
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    Great news!
    Hopefully, Firefox well also implement it (I’m currently using an extension which works perfectly, but a native solution would be better in the long run)

    1. Anonymous said on November 12, 2022 at 3:32 pm
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      Select the tabs you want to bookmark (ctrl or shift as any other selection) right click, hit “Bookmark Tabs…”

    2. Rko said on November 12, 2022 at 3:32 pm
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      Select the tabs you want to bookmark (ctrl or shift as any other selection) right click, hit “Bookmark Tabs…”

    3. userpassadmin said on November 13, 2022 at 3:59 am
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      Chrome’s Tab Group is pretty bad tbh, it doesn’t feel like enjoyable/usable, compare to the add-on of Firefox.

  2. Lukas said on November 12, 2022 at 1:48 pm
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    Collections from Edge are still much better

  3. Anonymous said on November 14, 2022 at 2:45 am
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    Off topic:

    If you change the font size to greater of the browser (Chrome+Edge+Firefox), then a display error occurs. You have to set it to standard/advised font to prevent this.

    I solved this by setting the browser zoom to 110% (or higher), and install the extension Zoom WE (setting to: autofit + min 80% + max 100%) to prevent sites to display wider than the screen.
    In Chrome and Edge then all enlarges a little without falling off the screen.
    In FF the font in Bookmarks-Page seems not to be changeable (too small for me), my trick seems mostly to work on the displayed site. So FF is not so settable/trickable as Chrome+Edge.

    1. Anonymous said on November 17, 2022 at 11:51 pm
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      Addition to “Display error at font size bigger than default”.

      I wrote that Edge+Chrome worked well with my trick, and FF not always.
      Now Edge does not want to to behave well. Chrome is perfect, FF more or less also OK.

      You can test the effect at displaying the openings-page of this site: https://www.extremetech.com/

      PM: I have my Windows screen set at 125%.

  4. Anonymous said on November 20, 2022 at 10:28 pm
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    Never understood this feature. Its more confusing than having ton of tabs opened at once.

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