Chromebook multitasking is about to get even better with ‘Snap Groups’

What you need to know

  • The Dev Channel build of ChromeOS 121 introduces a new way to group your various app windows together.
  • When you place two windows in split mode, the app windows will remain “grouped” together. 
  • The feature is hidden behind the #enable-snap-groups flag, and is currently limited to two apps at a time. 

ChromeOS continues to be improved at an incredible pace, with new and exciting features arriving all of the time. However, there are still some quality-of-life features that are being implemented. The latest of which is the ability to create a pseudo-app group with app windows when multitasking.

Google recently rolled out the latest Dev Channel update, and @cr_c2cv found the new feature called “Snap Groups.” As you might suspect, you’ll first need to enable the appropriate #ash-snap-groups flag on your Chromebook, provided that you’re running at least version 121.0.6120.0

(Image credit: Android Central)

Once enabled, you can activate Snap Groups by opening an app window using the built-in window layout functionality. This is done by hovering your cursor over the Maximize button and then selecting one of the split-screen layouts. From there, select the second app or tab that you want to have, and you’ll be good to go. 

Snap Groups in Virtual Desks overview on ChromeOS

(Image credit: Android Central)

These two app windows will stay grouped together, even showing up as a single app if you look at the Virtual Desks overview. We’re just starting to mess around with this, and it seems to work pretty well so far. However, there is one minor annoyance, in that if you try to open a third window and then click back into the Snap Group, the third window disappears behind the group.

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