Google Chrome Will Remember Tab Groups and Webpages Under Them, Allowing Users To Easily Restore Closed Ones From History

Google Chrome will soon allow users to easily restore tab groups that they’ve accidentally closed, since the browser’s history will now both remember and showcase them in the Recently Closed sub-menu.

Chrome tab groups were the browser’s way of displaying a more organized approach to managing one’s multiple webpages online. After all, how many times have we taken a break from work, gone down a YouTube binging spree, only to realize that 20 minutes in one has 20 tabs open and almost all of them are important to both the task at hand and leisure time. Tab groups allowed users to right click on tabs, assign them a color, and then group all relevant webpages so no mix-ups took place. This approach to webpage organization, while certainly intuitive at a glance, slightly gave way under the glaring eye of practical usage and scrutiny.

Problems ultimately lie with the fact that while grouping under color tags is a nifty visual cue, it ultimately serves no purpose in the long run since groups would better serve their purpose as reminders of content that users forgot they opened. It would be rather difficult for a user to forget what they looked up 15 or 20 minutes down the line, thus making groups no more than cleaner ways of arranging tabs. However, a new update to the Chrome interface adds more to tab groups, making them more useful to individuals.

Chrome’s history will now remember tab groups, color and webpages alike, and feature them on the Recently Closed menu. This way, tab groups no longer only visually denote subjects of a similar matter, but also allow them to be recalled if closed. Suddenly, the original objective of maintaining a clean browser space is given more volume. Users can easily group together webpages they’d rather come back to on a later date and close them without the fear of their memory slipping away.

Currently this feature is not available on Chrome’s regular or stable build, and is only accessible on Chrome Canary (as is the case with all upcoming features currently undergoing beta testing or late-stage development). If users wish to have a swing at the update, downloading and using the Canary build should be no issue. Otherwise, patience may prove to be a virtue, since the feature might come to Chrome proper soon enough.


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