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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Google Chrome’s Hover Cards: My New Favorite Thing I Didn’t Know I Wanted

If you only have a handful of open tabs in Google Chrome, it’s easy to tell what they are. But as you start to collect more tabs (or make the window smaller), it gets harder. That’s where Hover Cards come in.

What Are Hover Cards in Chrome?

Google Chrome’s Hover Cards feature allows you to see more info about an open tab by simply hovering the mouse over it. The feature is currently hidden behind a flag in the Stable (75), and Beta (75) builds, so it’s not quite ready for primetime just yet—but I’ve been using it for weeks and haven’t had any issues. Here’s a peek at what it looks like in action:

Pretty snazzy, right? Just wait—it gets even better. There’s a separate flag that also enables an image preview, so you get not only the site name and address but also a quick preview image of the page. Like so:

I found the image preview to be a bit much—it takes up a lot of space, and I honestly don’t need to see a preview. However, I can see how this could be valuable—like when doing online shopping and comparing several products on the same site. How many times have you had 19 Amazon tabs open trying to figure out which thing to buy? Hover Card Image Previews would be killer for quick navigation in a situation like that.

But as it stands, Hover Cards by itself (without the preview) is so useful I’m not sure how I lived without it. I do a lot of research and often end up with dozens of open tabs, which is where Hover Cards shows its value. It makes finding the particular tab I’m looking for so much easier. I didn’t realize how much I need this until I got it.

If you’re into it, here’s how you can get it now.

How to Enable Hover Cards (and Preview Images) in Chrome

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