25 April 2019
It seems like Google Chrome is finally set to receive a feature which has been present on other web browsers for quite some time. It is the ability to see tab previews by hovering the mouse on a particular tab. Google has started to test this tab preview on Chrome Canary version which was first spotted by an online publication Chrome Story.
Like it usually happens with any of the Chrome experimentation features, the ability to enable or disable tab previews is available via Chrome flags. It means there is a new flag which can be turned to on to start using tab previews. The functionality is actually quite slow for now but with time, we can surely expect improvements until it becomes completely smooth. It should be noted that Google is referring to this as Tab Hover Cards.
For the uninitiated ones, tab preview is a feature which allows users to hover their mouse over any particular tab and see its preview in the form of a thumbnail. It basically shows a glimpse of what content is opened on that tab without actually having to switch from the currently used tab. This can come handy in situations where you have so many tabs open that the header title becomes too short to read and understand.
Since the feature is currently available on Canary version, it will take some time before making its way to public version. It will also be going through developer and beta channels prior to that. We will keep you updated as and when it will be released for everyone.