Chrome OS Gets OSX Like Mission Controls Exposé – Calls It Overview Mode

OSX  users, Apple fans start here

OSX users, pick up your pitchforks or any online tool you have. You’ll need it. Chromebooks just got a new feature called “Overview Mode” which works ( or at least looks at this moment ) like the mission control mode of OSX.

Chromebook users, start reading from here.

Chrome OS team has added a new featured called Overview Mode, hidden behind the flag  chrome://flags/#enable-overview-mode. This works best when you have multiple windows open. Press the []]] button of your Chrome Device (or F5) to get a “birds eye view” of all open windows. From there, you can click on any window to go to it.

Update: This now works with ALT + TAB keyboard shortcut. Hold down both the keys to go to the Overview mode.

Here is how it looks like:


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The feature is work-in-progress. But for now, it does a pretty and good job on my Chromebook. What we need to know now is if the team has plans to implement a track-pad gesture like OSX. On a Mac, you can get this mode with a three finger swipe. It will be pretty cool to have such a gesture on the Chromebook too.

via François Beaufort

In Category: Chromebook


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Job 14/08/2013, 1:13 am

    I cant find it in my dev channel flag setting… what am I doing wrong?

    • Dinsan Francis 14/08/2013, 9:40 am

      Which version are on you on?

    • Kenny Strawn 18/08/2013, 8:37 pm

      Yeah, if you have any updates available, try actually installing them. Or, at the very least, navigate to the “chrome://chrome” page, copy the version, and paste it here, and if it’s not the latest version, keep refreshing the page until it updates.

      Sometimes, a “Powerwash” also helps… And also, if you were on Dev but switched to Beta via the channel toggle, you would still be on Dev until Beta is updated to a newer version. Again, what version does the “chrome://chrome” page mention? If it’s anything other than, yeah, better update and THEN we’ll go from there.