Disable Tab Hover Cards Previews in Google Chrome

How to Disable Tab Previews (Tab Hover Cards) in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 78,  the browser includes new tab tooltips. They now include the full page title and its URL address. In the future, the tooltips will also include a thumbnail preview image of the page opened in the tab. If you are not happy with this change, here is how to revert it and restore the classic tab tooltips.

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As of this writing, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser which exists for all major platforms like Windows, Android and Linux. It comes with a powerful rendering engine which supports all modern web standards.

Chrome 78 comes with new tooltip appearance for tabs. Now it looks like a flyout that includes the full page title and URL.

Google Chrome 78 Hover Tab

If you want to disable them and restore the classic look of tooltips, you need to disable them with a flag.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'.

To Disable Tab Hover Cards Previews in Google Chrome,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text in the address bar:
    chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards

    This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.

  2. Select the option Disable from the drop-down list next to the 'Tab Hover Cards' line.Chrome 78 Disable Tab Hover Cards
  3. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button
  4. You are done. This will restore the classic tab tooltips.Chrome 78 Restore Classic Tab Tooltips

Tip: Instead of disable the Tab Hover Cards feature, you can enable the flag chrome://flags/#tab-hover-card-images, so the tooltips will have a nice thumbnail preview in addition to the text information about the open page. See the following screenshot:

Chrome Tab Hover Cards

The procedure is covered in detail in the following blog post: Google Chrome Features Tab Hover Cards, Extensions Menu

Other useful tips and trick for Google Chrome 78:

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16 thoughts on “Disable Tab Hover Cards Previews in Google Chrome

  1. Cammy Ang

    Thanks for this, my chrome recently updated and I had to get rid of that ugly hover cards that is too huge.

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  2. test

    Google were never good innovators, never were good inventors and most definitelly never were good UI/UX designers! And this is yet another proof of it.

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    1. xerusthomas

      TRUTH!

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    2. Yo

      *koff*koff*MaterialDesign*koff*

      Reply
  3. Aaron Victor

    Thanks

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  4. MrPerro

    Thank you for the help, why fix something isn’t broken? I love Chrome because the design is clean no added garbage and they added this by default, not good.

    Reply
  5. Lorenzo

    Thanks! This was really annoying.

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  6. Sarah

    This does not work. All it does is give you a smaller pop up.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Ehw. It gives you a classic Windows tooltip instead of the big toast.

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      1. Sarah

        It is STILL there though. Show me how to get rid f that and I will be happy. I never had any kind of pop up like this before. I do not need or want it in any shape or form. Meanwhile, I made sure to submit my feedback on this issue to Google.

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        1. Cassidy

          Same. I submitted feedback to Google as well. I doubt much will come of it but gotta try. I despise “helpful” annoyances like these that can’t be turned off or disabled. I don’t need or want a freaking tab or page preview and I don’t need hovering boxes cluttering up my screen and blocking information I’d actually like to see.

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  7. Emily

    Thank you so much <3

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  8. Krrrrr

    Yeah wtf luckily we can get rid of that ugly crap. I first thought i must have installed a extension which is showing these tooltips. It’s so unbelievable ugly I couldn’t imagine it’s a chrome feature.

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  9. Mark Jackson

    Thanks you so much. I like to use chrome so much but this was so disturbing again thanks for the help.

    Reply
  10. kerby

    YES this works, but how do you get rid of ALL tooltips (including the classic tab tooltips)?

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