Google Chrome 85 Delivers Improvements to Tabs

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome with 12 Comments

Google has announced the availability of Chrome 85, which adds several new tabs-related features to the popular web browser.

“We want Chrome to help you be more productive,” Google’s Alex Ainslie writes. “Today we’re sharing a number of improvements, including tabs that load faster and new features that let you organize and find them easily.”

New tabs-related features in the latest version of Chrome include:

Tab groups improvements. Tab groups helps Chrome users visually distinguish tabs by topic, task, or priority. But now you can collapse and expand tab groups, answering a popular feature request.

Tab previews. Similar to a feature from Legacy Edge, this feature is available in Chrome Beta and displays tab previews when you hover over a tab with the mouse pointer.

Tablet mode improvements. Available first on Chromebook—and, I assume, coming later to touch-based Windows PCs—Chrome now provides a new touchscreen interface with larger and more easily organized tabs.

Open tab recommendations. Available now on Android, this feature will automatically recommend relevant open tabs when you start typing a page title into the address bar. (This feature debuted previously in Chrome for desktops.)

PDF improvements. “Over the next few weeks,” Chrome users will be able to fill out PDF forms and save them with any changes directly from Chrome. “If you open the file again, you can pick up where you left off,” the firm notes.

URL sharing improvements. On Android, you can now more easily copy a link, send it to Chrome on your other devices, and send links through other apps. On desktop, you can now generate a QR code to scan or download using a new QR icon in the address bar.

Performance improvements. Thanks to “under-the-hood performance improvements,” Chrome tabs load up to 10 percent faster, Google says.

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