[Update – Thumbnails Coming too] – Chrome’s Tab Tooltip Gets Material Design, Becomes “Hover Card”

Update on 06-FEB-2019

Through a separate flag, the team is getting ready to test image previews also. This means, when you hover cursor on any of the open tabs, you will see an image preview of the tab. Something similar to what you see on Windows task bar.

Here is the code commit for this:

Add a flag to separately enable hover card preview images.

CL which actually implements images is forthcoming.

Here is the bug associated with this change, which says “Issue 928954: Tab Hover Card Preview Images”

Now, here is the flag description, which clearly explains how this feature will work (or rather look!)

Tab Hover Card Images

Shows a preview image in tab hover cards, if tab hover cards are enabled.

Also, note that only a flag has been added to the code and according to the commit log, the actual code to implement this feature will follow soon.

This is getting interesting, folks!

End of update.

Looks like the tab tool tip on Chrome is getting a Material Design makeover. This is a very small piece in the whole Chrome user interface, but the change is very noticeable.

The Flag

Name: Tab Hover Cards

Description: Enables a popup containing tab information to be visible when hovering over a tab. This will replace tooltips for tabs. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS

URL: chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards

I have had this flag enabled for a few weeks now, but the design changed after today’s update to the Canary version of Chrome.

It doesn’t look polished yet. I would say we are looking at a very early version of this design. I am hoping to see this improving in coming weeks.

As always, stay tuned for more!

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