Nowadays, practically all web browsers incorporate the possibility of previewing some of the content of the open webs in the tabs of your web browser by simply hovering the mouse cursor over these tabs. Chrome is one of the browsers that has been allowing access to this function for some time, however now it has just given this function a twist and now you can access a much more complete preview menu of open tabs in your browser.
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Now Chrome offers its users the possibility of enabling a hidden bar at the top of the browser in which we will have access to the preview of all open tabs. This preview is done in a carousel and offers more information about the open Webs in each Chrome tab. However, this function is in the experimental phase so we will need to activate it from Flags.
When we activate the new carousel of tab previews (WebUI Tab Strip) of Google Chrome, it will replace the current and traditional view of tabs. The typical open tab bar will be replaced by a button in the form of a tab (similar to the one Chrome offers in its mobile apps) that will be located on the Chrome toolbar.
So if you click the tab button, the preview bar for the tab will be displayed. Chrome will show thumbnail previews of all running tabs and from this view, you will have to click on the specific thumbnail to access the tab associated with it.
Important note: Keep in mind that we activate this function, we will automatically deactivate the Maximize / Restore button present in the Chrome title bar. This means that to maximize or restore the Chrome browser window, we will have to double click on the title bar of the window.
At the moment all we can do is activate or deactivate the WebUI Tab Strip in Chrome since at the moment you cannot customize or configure any of the aspects of this new function.
That said, here is how to activate the new and hidden WebUI Tab Strip preview section of Google Chrome:
How to activate the preview section of open tabs of your Google Chrome browser and hide the tabs of the interface.
1. Open your Google Chrome web browser.
2. In the URL bar enter the following address:
3. After pressing Enter, you will have to search for the following term:
4. The search results will show the option:
“WebUI tab strip
When enabled makes use of a WebUI-based tab strip. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
# webui-tab-strip “
5. Click the drop-down menu next to that option and select the option: Enable
6. To confirm the activation you must click on the blue button: Relaunch.
7. When Chrome has restarted, you will have to return to the Flags section of the Web browser, but in this case we will have to look for the option:
8. After the search the following function will be displayed:
“Touch UI Layout
Enables touch UI layout in the browser’s top chrome. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
# top-chrome-touch-ui “
9. Configure this option as: Enable.
8. Click the Blue button again: Relaunch
9. And voila from now on you will have the new function activated.
How to use the new Google Chrome WebUI Tab Strip preview tab.
1. Now when there will be the browser and you access a website, you will see how a grid icon with a number inside is shown next to the user icon.
2. After clicking on this icon, we will display the new tab preview carousel.
– To add a new tab you will have to click on the + icon located on the right side of the preview thumbnail carousel.
– To access any of the Websites you just have to click on the preview thumbnail.
– To Access any of the tabs you just have to double click on its thumbnail.
– To change the order of the tabs you will only have to drag the thumbnails to the desired position.
– To close a tab you will have to click on the X icon located in the upper right corner of the thumbnail.
– To hide the preview section you will have to click on the square button with the number inside it, on a thumbnail or on the Web that you are currently viewing.
Important note: It should be noted that if you have activated the functionality of grouping tabs with colors in Chrome, it will stop working as soon as we activate the new view of tabs in the browser.