Enable Tab Thumbnail Previews in Google Chrome

How to Enable Tab Thumbnail Previews in Google Chrome Tab Hover Cards

Starting in Google Chrome 78,  the browser includes new tab tooltips. They now include the full page title and its URL address. In addition, it is possible to configure the tooltips to  include a thumbnail preview image of the page opened in the tab. Here's how it can be done.


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

Let's see how to enable thumbnail preview images for tab, so you can quickly identify a tab by its contents at a glance.

Chrome Tab Hover Cards In Action

To Enable Tab Thumbnail Previews in Google Chrome,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text in the address bar:chrome://flags/#tab-hover-card-images.This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.
  2. Select the option Enable from the drop-down list next to the 'Tab Hover Card Images' line.Chrome Tab Hover Cards Flags
  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.

Chrome Tab Hover Cards

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That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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