If you’ve enjoyed the new tab in Windows 11’s File Explorer and want to go even further, consider investing $7 in Groupy 2, the successor to Stardock’s awesome Groupy app.
Stardock’s latest software isn’t all that different from the awesome original Groupy, which debuted in beta way back in 2017. At the time, Microsoft was talking about Sets, a prototype UI that organizes apps in much the same way that browsers organize apps in many ways. web page. It features a tabbed interface that keeps multiple windows organized together in a unified way.
But Microsoft quietly killed Sets before that vision could be realized. Currently, Microsoft adapts a tabbed interface to Edge, multiple instances of File Explorer and a tabbed Notepad UI. If you want to keep Word in a single window with PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, Windows won’t allow it. Groupies do it.
What’s different about Groupy 2 is that Stardock lets you save tabbed apps as groups and then launch them with a single click. We’ve seen this mechanism elsewhere, most commonly in various browsers. You can save a group of tabs as a whole and start them together when you turn your attention to this new task.
Groupy lets you hover over an app tab to view open files and group instances of the same app together.
Groupy 2 supports additional customization options, including the ability to place tabs in a new tab row and color-code them. Groupy is designed to work on both Windows 10 and 11, but the tabbed experience is more like Windows 11.
Stardock charges $6.99 for Groupy 2 during the beta period and increases the price to $9.99 when the beta period ends. The price is perpetual license price. Stardock said there are several additional features the company plans to add during the beta period.