We got a look at them previously and found coloured tab groups remarkably useful. The problem remains for many users though, if you’ve got a lot of tabs open it can be hard to find the one you want. This is where the collapsible groups made life even better, but until now they had to be enabled by enabling them in flags. Now they’re coming to stable Chrome in the latest update.

On top of bringing the collapsible tabs to stable Chrome, some further improvements and features are outlined in the blog post. These include — finally — being able to fill in and save a PDF form within Chrome, easier URL sharing, touch-friendly tabs for tablets, tab previews for desktop and switching to an already open tab. The note that will stand out to many users though, is the improved performance of Chrome.

When you’re checking off one task after another from your to-do list, waiting even a few seconds while your tabs load can slow you down. These under-the-hood performance improvements will make your Chrome tabs load up to 10 percent faster.

Chrome has long been touted as the “go-to” browser but did lose its way for a while with a lack of focus on performance. This update seemingly brings that focus back to user experience holistically versus throwing features at us.

What are you looking forward to most when this latest update lands on your PC?

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Collapse doesn’t work for me like it should. If I have just one tab in the group, collapse works. Put more than one tab in the group and collapse doesn’t work. I guess that is why they say it is experimental.

And Edge doesn’t even have the #tab-group-collapse flag at all.

Last edited 3 years ago by Sujay