Months after announcing it, Google finally rolled out tab groups widely in the past couple of weeks. Now, an improvement could be coming to Chrome’s tab group feature — the ability to recreate them automatically.
In the latest Chrome Canary release, a new flag is present that describes a feature Google is working on. That flag, titled “tab groups auto create,” is one that has had us scratching our heads since it popped onto our radar earlier this week.
Google’s description, too, unfortunately doesn’t help matters. the company simply explains that the feature “automatically creates groups for users, if tab groups are enabled” in Chrome. What does that mean? We’re not entirely sure, but there are a few possibilities!
For one, Google might be able to remember tab groups from a previous session and drop them into a group when opened. Alternatively, Google could intelligently create groups based on similar types of tabs. At this point, it’s all up in the air.
Update 9/18: As it turns out, this feature is live in Chrome now and it’s not at all what we thought/hoped it would be. Instead, as TechDows pointed out, this feature simply adds tabs that you open from a group within that same group. You can see it in action in the video below.
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- Chrome’s handy tab group feature is now available to everyone
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- Google Chrome for Android now supports multiple displays with separate tabs
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