Five tricks that improve tab usage in Google Chrome

The use of tabs in Google Chrome is a good way of increase online productivity. Today’s web browsers go far beyond opening a window and accessing a single web page in it. The improvement in the use of tabs (and bookmarks) has been a constant in recent years and they are as productive as they are useful.

And is that instead of using different windows, we can have dozens of tabs open in a single window. This feature, together with the use of bookmarks where they are saved, can help us to organize the workflowallowing us to open a group of web applications or specific topics, get better organized and generally improve our effectiveness. How does this apply to the most used web browser? We explain a few tricks that can help you.

Select multiple tabs in Google Chrome

If you have many tabs open in a Chrome window, you can use the Ctrl or Shift buttons on Windows (Command on Mac) to select multiple tabs simultaneously. This way, whether you want to move tabs to a new group, a new window or a new device, you can apply it simultaneously to the chosen tabs.

tabs in Google Chrome

There are two ways to select tabs in Windows. If you want to select multiple tabs side by side, use the Shift key. To do this, select the first one you want to select, hold down this key and then click on the last tab at the other end. This move selects the first and the last tab and all other tabs in between.

If you want more control by selecting specific tabs, use the Ctrl or Command key instead. By holding down this key, you can click your mouse on the tabs you want. Chrome will mark each tab with a highlight.

Group tabs

If you need to open several pages simultaneously of a particular topic you are working on or want to view, you can group them into groups with specific names or colors.

Moving tabs in Chrome is quite simple: all you need to do is to make click and drag the tab you want to move. Once you are comfortable with the arrangement of the tabs you can group them. Select the tabs you want to group as we saw in the previous step using the Ctrl or Shift keys.

tabs in Google Chrome

Once selected, right-click on any of them and then select  “add tabs to new group”. Here you have the option to name the group and/or choose one of the eight colors to represent each group. Once created you can click on the color (or name) to minimize the tabs in it, saving space on the tabs at the top of the browser.

Move tabs or groups

If you want to move a tab to a new or existing window, you can do so by right-clicking on the tab. If you have no other windows open select “Move tab” to new window in the context menu. If you already have other windows open, you can select them in the context menu and select the one you want.

You can also move groups of tabs to a new window. However, you cannot transfer them to an existing one. To move tab groups, right-click on the color or name of the group and choose Move group to new window. The tab group will open in a new window.

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Another convenient way to move tabs and groups of tabs is to click and drag them. Simply click on the tab you want to move and then drag it out of the existing window. This will open the tab in its own window In case you want to move them to other windows, you must have both the source window and the receiving window open

You can do the same for tab groups, but instead of clicking on a tab, you must click on the color of the tab group to drag and drop it. A more useful method for users who use large screen sizes or multi-monitor setups.

Finally, if you have multiple Chrome windows open, you can also rename each window to help organize them. Right-click anywhere in the Chrome title bar that is empty and from the context menu select  “Name Window”. A Name subwindow of this window will open. Type in the name you want and press ok.

Add tabs or groups to bookmarks

Bookmarks are a good way to store the address of a web page so that you can return to it at the click of a button, without having to memorize it. When you want to add a tab to Chrome bookmarks, all you need to do is click the star icon at the bottom of the address bar.

A window will appear asking you to name the bookmark and the folder you want to save it to. You can save the bookmark to a custom directory, but if you don’t want to change the settings you can exit directly. In that case, Chrome will keep the bookmark with its default page name and place it in the last bookmark folder you used.

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In case you want to save all open tabs, you can right-click anywhere in the Google Chrome title bar that is not populated by an icon or tab, then select Bookmark all tabs. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Ctrl/Command + Shift + D to perform the same action.

Access to bookmarks

In addition to storing and remembering for us our favorite web pages and/or the ones we visit most often, bookmarks are also a great option to make launching them easier and faster. By default, the bookmarks bar only appears when you open a new blank tab, so it is best to have it in front of you by activating it in the tools menu (three vertical buttons) > Bookmarks > Settings > Show bookmarks bar, the same as you get from Settings > Appearance > Show bookmarks bar. Either way your bookmarks bar will appear below the Google Chrome address bar.

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Managing them is simple by opening More (three dots) > Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager. You can save links by clicking on the star icon at the end of the address bar and store them in the home directory or in specific folders you have created. In the manager you can edit everything, delete them or move them from one folder to another for better organization by simply dragging them.

You can launch the web pages in several ways, individually or all together that are included in a folder. And from the same manager, or directly in the browser interface in the bookmarks bar. That said, do not overdo it if you have little memory available because Chrome (and in general all browsers) occupy a lot of resources if you load many web pages at the same time.

The use of tabs in Google Chrome (and bookmarks) is a very useful feature as you may have seen and allows better organization of our favorite web pages and increase productivity when surfing the Internet.

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