Tips n’ Tricks: Tab Overview in Chrome (Exposé for Mac browser)

Mac and GNU/Linux users have long enjoyed the ability to glimpse a thumbnail overview of all running windows on a particular desktop, triggered by a hot key or hot screen corner (Windows has Switcher as of version 7). This feature is probably most widely known as Exposé, Apple’s brand for the viewing mode. It’s a fast way to find an application when you’ve got a bunch of them open. And now that browser tabs are generally as numerous as the programs we’re running at a given moment, it makes sense to bring the same functionality to the web browser. Enter Chrome’s Tab Overview for Mac.

Chrome’s Tab Overview is triggered by dragging three fingers down your trackpad. You can exit the view by clicking a tab window or simply by hovering your cursor over the desired tab and swiping three fingers up. But first, you need to enable the feature. Enter the following into your Chrome address bar: “about:flags” (without quotes) and hit enter.

Red the warning:

“WARNING These experimental features may change, break, or disappear at any time. We make absolutely no guarantees about what may happen if you turn one of these experiments on, and your browser may even spontaneously combust. Jokes aside, your browser may delete all your data, or your security and privacy could be compromised in unexpected ways. Please proceed with caution.”

And if you’re ready to dive in, click “Enable” under the Tab Overview description:

Then go load up some tabs and take Tab Overview for a spin!

As the description says, Tab Overview works great in full screen or standard views. It’s perfect for people who load up a bunch of tabs, thereby shrinking them and cutting off page titles, or those who pin tabs, which eliminates the title altogether. It’s also just a fun and visual way to navigate your tabs whether the titles are visible or not. The feature is Mac-only at the moment, but hopefully it will expand into other versions of Chrome at some point.

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