How to Enable Tab Thumbnail Preview in Chrome v78

Starting with Chrome v78, the company added lots of experimental features in the Chrome browser. We have already covered about Password Leak Detection Tool in our previous post. In this post, we will cover another handy feature i.e. Tab Preview.

how to enable tab preview in Chrome browser

A few months ago, the company confirmed that they’re going to add Tab Preview feature in future updates by including two flags Tab Hover Cards and Tab Hover Card Images.

Both flags were available in the stable version of the Chrome browser from the last few updates, but the Tab Preview feature was not working properly. Starting with Chrome v78, it starts working.

Those who’re not aware of Tab Preview, if enabled will show a preview image that includes full-page title and URL in the tab hover cards. The same feature is already available in Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

Chrome Tab Preview feature is still in the experimental phase and is not yet ready for everyday use. However, it will more useable when the company will enable this feature with default settings.

In case, you want to try out Tab Thumbnail preview feature, then here’s what you need to

Enable Tab Thumbnail Previews in Chrome

1. You need to be running the latest version of the Chrome browser. (Current in Chrome v78)

2. Type the following paths in the address bar and hit enter

chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards
chrome://flags/#tab-hover-card-images

Using the drop-down menu change the settings from Default to Enabled.

tab hover cards and tab hover cards image

3. Click on the Relaunch Now button to apply the changes.

chrome tab preview

Once you follow the steps discussed above, open multiple sites in different tabs. Now if you point the cursor on the other tabs, you should see a hover card, an image showing you a preview of the site.

What are your thoughts about Chrome Tab Thumbnail Preview feature? Find it useful, feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

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