How to Group and Organize Google Chrome Page Tabs

Posted by Matthew on June 14, 2016

Google Chrome doesn’t have especially extensive tab management options for grouping tabs. However, when you have lots of tabs open in the browser it would be handy if you could organize them a little better. These are a few extensions you can group Chrome’s page tabs with.


Firstly, check out the Dossier extension for Google Chrome. This is one of the best extensions you can group page tabs with. Open this page to add Dossier to Chrome, and then you’ll find a Dossier button on the toolbar that you can press to open the tab list below.


That shows you a list of all the open tabs in the active Chrome window. Now you can bundle selected tabs into groups. Click a few of the tabs listed there to select them. Press the Bundle Tabs button to group them as shown below.


A new tab opens with all the tabs you selected for the group listed on it. You can open any page from there by clicking link beside it. You can now use this extension to organize open tabs into groups. For example, you could select all page tabs open from the same website and then group them together.

There are a few options you can select from the grouped tab. You can select a Restore Tabs button to quickly reopen all the tabs you grouped. Or select Delete This List to erase the tab group and close all the tabs in it.

Copy To Clipboard is another handy option you can select. Press that button to copy the website URLs listed in the group to the Clipboard. Then press Ctrl + V to paste the URL list into a text editor as below. If you need to include a list of hyperlinks in a document, this option will come in handy.



OneTab is not entirely the same as Dossier. This is an extension that groups all your open pages into one single tab. By doing so, it greatly reduces their RAM usage. Add it to Chrome from this page.

Once added to Chrome, you’ll find a OneTab button on the toolbar. Open a few page tabs in your browser, and then press that button. It will remove all the tabs from the tab bar and group them into one as in the shot directly below.


All the tabs are now listed there. You can click on their hyperlinks to reopen them in browser. Thus, multiple tabs have effectively been grouped into one.

Now you can add more tab groups to the OneTab tab by opening a new set of pages in the browser and pressing the extension’s button on toolbar again. That will then merge all the open pages into a second group of tabs on the OneTab page as shown below. This means you can now move the tabs from one of the groups to another. Left-click and drag a page from one tab group to another.


Select More… and Lock this tab group to lock a group of tabs. Then you can open pages listed on the OneTab tab without removing them from the locked group. With that locking option you can effectively set up a new list of bookmarked websites and group the sites into alternative categories such as sport, software, etc.

Group Your Tabs

Group Your Tabs is another extension you can group tabs with. This is the extension’s page from which you can add it to Chrome. Then you can press a Group Your Tabs button on the toolbar to group open page tabs.

This groups open page tabs from the same website domain, all search engine result pages and inactive tabs not selected after a few hours. So open a few pages from the same website, and then press the button. It will group all the pages from the same site into one tab as shown below.


You can now open a page from that tab by clicking its hyperlink. Or you could press the Open all links in current window button to reopen all the grouped tabs. Beneath that there’s an Open all links in new window option that opens the grouped tabs in new Google Chrome window.

Right-click the Group Your Tabs button and select Options to open the Settings tab below. There you can configure how the extension groups the tabs. For example, to group the tabs just by their domain, click the group search results and group rarely used tabs options so they’re not selected.

Tabs Outliner

Tabs Outliner is another great tab management tool for grouping tabs. Head over to this page and press the + ADD TO CHROME button there to add this extension to Chrome. Then you can press the Tabs Outliner button to open the window directly below.


This is a separate window that shows all the tabs you’ve opened in Google Chrome with a hierarchical tree format. You can click the +/- buttons on the left to expand or collapse the tab trees. Double-click a page there to activate it in the browser window, or you can click the X on the right to close the tabs in Chrome.

Tab Outliner has fairly extensive options, but the one of most interest to us is the Group (Save Window). That’s an option with which you group tabs open in Chrome into separate saved windows. As that saves also the saves the groups, you can always reopen them from the Tab Outliner window.

Select this option by moving your cursor the bottom left corner of the Tab Outliner window. That will open the box in the snapshot below. It includes the Group (Save Window) button on it.


Press that button to add a new group to the Tab Outliner tree as shown below. Drag and drop Chrome page tabs on the Tab Outliner window into the group. Then double left-click the group title on the Tab Outliner window to open a separate Chrome window that includes all the tabs in the group.


To edit the titles of the groups, select them and then click the pencil icon. That will open the text box in snapshot below. Then you can enter a new title for the tab group. As it saves the groups, this gives you a quick way to open multiple website pages in your browser.


You can find further details for this extension by pressing the ? button on the options panel at bottom left of window. That will open a quick guide for the extension, which also includes hyperlinks to video tutorials.

Those are a few of the great tab management extensions for Google Chrome. With them you can effectively group your open page tabs together. As Tab Outliner, OneTab, Group Your Tabs and Dossier save those tab groups, they can also be handy bookmarking tools. 

2 thoughts on “How to Group and Organize Google Chrome Page Tabs”

Daniel says:
Try Vivaldi. Has native tab grouping and split screen.
Friendly says:
Problem is, tab order gets messed up. So using Ctrl + Tab does not cycle through tab groups from left to right order. Instead it tabs through whatever is listed as the Windows list order.
SVL says:
So no equivalent to the Tab Groups extension for Firefox 🙁
PJ says:
yes, im looking for that too. really frustrating that 1) no browser has tab grouping built in yet (especially the best form which is tab groups manager), and 2) chrome has nothing as good as tab groups manager. ive been using firefox instead of chrome all these years despite being a solid google/android person since the original droid, only bc of tab groups manager. but now that its development is falling behind, i may need to switch, and find the state of chrome tab grouping so primitive…

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