Arc Browser truly shines because of the way it handles tab management. Among other features, the browser innovates the tab management experience through Spaces.
The feature allows users to categorize tabs into different spaces, for instance, separating work tabs from personal ones or grouping tabs related to a specific project. Each Space has its own Pinned and Unpinned section, Themes, and Icon. The only thing the Spaces share are Favorites.
Let's see how you can efficiently use Spaces in the Arc Browser.
Creating a New Space
When you install the Arc Browser, it'll automatically create the first Space for you. This will be the Space you're currently using.
- To create a new Space, click the '+' button on the bottom right corner of the sidebar.
- Then, click on 'New Space' from the menu.
- You can also type 'New Space' in the Command Bar (
T) and press Enter to create a new Space.
- Then, choose an icon and enter a name for the Space.
- Next, select a Profile (if there are more than one) for the Space; you can also create a New Profile.
- Customize the theme if you want to. You can change the color, add some texture, and view how the theme would look in light and dark modes.
- Finally, click on 'Create Space'.
- Once the Space is created, you can navigate to it and open New tabs there as you were in your default Space. You can also pin tabs and create folders, i.e., organize the Space just how you want to.
Navigate Between Spaces
Once you've created multiple Spaces, it's essential to navigate among them efficiently to get the most use out of them.
- To switch between different spaces, you can simply click on the Space’s icon at the bottom of the sidebar.
- Alternatively, you can use the
Space numberkeyboard shortcut (e.g.,
2, etc.) to switch between spaces.
- If you're using a trackpad, a two-finger swipe left or right in the Sidebar will also switch between spaces.
- You can also use your trusty ol' command bar (
T) and type the Space name to navigate to it.
- To navigate to the next and previous Space, you can use the
Right arrow keyand
Left arrow keykeyboard shortcuts, respectively.
Using Profiles with Spaces
While Spaces can provide you with a separate place for different browsing activities, if you want a truly separate place, use a different Profile in a different Space.
With Profiles, you can scope Logins, Cookies, Browsing History, and other settings to one or multiple Spaces. A Profile allows you to have all these separate settings: Favorites, logins, browser history, cache/cookies, default browser selection, extensions, and settings (such as language or download preferences). The only caveat with Profiles is that they are not synced between computers.
- To create a new Profile, right-click on the empty space on the sidebar.
- Then, go to 'Profiles' from the context menu and select 'New Profile' from the sub-menu.
- Enter a name for the Profile.
- Then, select the Space(s) you'd like to move to the New Profile; you can select one or multiple Spaces to move to the Profile.
- Confirm that you want to move the Space to the new Profile by clicking on 'Switch it up'; you'll need to set up some things, like adding Favorites, logging into websites, and even installing extensions after moving your Space to the new Profile. If you want, you can also not move any Spaces currently; click on 'Cancel' and an empty Profile will be created.
The New Profile with the selected space will be created. You'll see that you can even have different Favorites for this new Profile.
Arc Browser also makes it easy to manage your Spaces.
- If, at any point, you think that a link belongs in another Space, it's easy to move it there. Right-click on the link and go to 'Move to'. Then, go to the 'Space name' you want to move it to and select whether you want to move it to the 'Pinned' section or 'Today' section.
- To manage your Spaces, right-click on the empty space in the sidebar and select 'Manage Spaces' from the menu.
- Here, you can see all your spaces, reorder them, change the theme, name, icon, move links across Spaces, etc.
- To delete a Space, right-click on the Space icon and select 'Delete Space' from the menu.
The Spaces feature in Arc Browser is a powerful tool to keep your browsing organized, especially when working with multiple tabs related to different topics or projects. By creating and managing spaces, you can significantly enhance your browsing efficiency and easily find the tabs you need when you need to focus on a particular project. Moreover, since it's so easy to create and delete Spaces, you can even create a Space for temporary projects and dispose it off when you no longer need it.