Over the past couple of years, Google Chrome has experienced a lot of change, and Google doesn’t seem to have done so yet. Google added a new “Tab Strips” feature to Chrome on the desktop in one of the latest updates which shows full-size tab previews.
Recently, Chrome Story highlighted a new UI change that is coming to Chrome in the latest update of the Canary channel. The new UI provides full-size previews of Chrome tabs that enable a more visual way of seeing what each tab contains.
This is apparently called “Tab Strips” and appears alongside the usual tab layout in Google Chrome. Notably, Google previously said a “coming update” would add a thumbnail to tabs, but it looks like a completely different feature.
You’ll need to upgrade to the latest version of Chrome Canary to allow this feature on your computer. From there you will find #webui-tab-strip, #new-tabstrip-animation, and #scrollable-tabstrip-animation. All three need to be allowed to restart Chrome at which point
For now, this feature appears to be just live on Chrome OS, so you’ll have to use the Canary channel to check it out. We don’t see the “WebUI” flag on other devices as on the latest updates, but the results may vary. Perhaps these improvements would eventually come to Windows, Mac, and Linux.
When enabled an arrow will appear next to Chrome’s “new tab” icon opening the Tab Strip. This gui takes up a large portion of the display and scrolls after reaching a certain number of tabs. You can see the feature below in action.