How to name your windows in Chrome

A productivity hack that’s finally made its way into the base code

Bad: the Window menu’s auto-generated window titles are not helpful!
Bad: the Window menu’s auto-generated window titles are not helpful!
Bad: these auto-generated window titles are not helpful! Where did I put that form I was filling out…
Good: with Window Naming, it is clear what each window contains!
Good: with Window Naming, it is clear what each window contains!
Good: clear what each window contains!

1. Make sure you’re using Chrome version 88 or later

“About Google Chrome” is where you can update your version
“About Google Chrome” is where you can update your version
“About Google Chrome” is where you can update your version
Where Chrome shows you its current version, you can update it
Where Chrome shows you its current version, you can update it
Where Chrome shows you its current version, you can update it

2. Turn on Window Naming

chrome://flags has advanced features you won’t find in the regular Chrome settings
chrome://flags has advanced features you won’t find in the regular Chrome settings
chrome://flags has advanced features you won’t find in the regular Chrome settings
chrome://flags is experimental
chrome://flags is experimental
chrome://flags is experimental
Search chrome://flags for “naming”
Search chrome://flags for “naming”
Search chrome://flags for “naming”
Enable Window Naming
Enable Window Naming
Enable Window Naming

3. Relaunch Chrome

Relaunch Chrome
Relaunch Chrome
Relaunch Chrome

4. Name your windows

Right-click the tab bar and choose “Name Window”
Right-click the tab bar and choose “Name Window”
Right-click the tab bar and choose “Name Window”
Typing a name for this window
Typing a name for this window
Type a name for this window
Window menu showing useful window names
Window menu showing useful window names
The finished product

Tips

The dock will show window names when you mouse over the thumbnails
The dock will show window names when you mouse over the thumbnails
The dock will show window names when you mouse over the thumbnails

Bonus: use “Tab Grouping” to label your windows

The window doesn’t show its name
You can make a new “Group” for a tab
Label the group to see a static label in the window

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