Google Chrome tests scrolling to manage open tabs | Applications and Software

O Google Chrome is working on a new feature to make managing open tabs easier. As reported by the user Reddit Leopeva64-2 this Tuesday (6), the function allows the user to use the scroll of the mouse or trackpad (scroll) to navigate between the tabs of Google Chrome Canary 88.

Google Chrome (Photo: Bruno Gall De Blasi / Tecnoblog)

The resource in the experimental phase is identified as “Scrollable TabStrip” (free translation) and allows the user to use scrolling to manage the tabs of the Google browser. According to the function description, it is available on Chrome OS, Linux, macOS and Windows.

“Allows users to access tabs by scrolling when they no longer fit within the tab strip,” explains the description of Scrollable TabStrip in Chrome Flags.

In tests carried out by the Tecnoblog this Wednesday (7) with Chrome Canary 88.0.4285.0 for macOS Big Sur (11.0) beta, it was possible to use the touchpad gestures of the MacBook Air to the sides, with both fingers, to view the open tabs. The same can be said for scrolling using a conventional Bluetooth mouse.

The feature is still being developed and, therefore, only available in the experimental version of Google’s browser, Chrome Canary. There is no prediction of when the Scrollable TabStrip will reach the final version of the browser.

Google Chrome tests scrolling to manage open tabs (Image: Reproduction / Tecnoblog)

Google Chrome: How to enable scrolling of open tabs

If you have Google Chrome Canary installed on your computer, you can activate the feature through Chrome Flags. Learn how to enable scrolling of open tabs below:

  1. Update Chrome Canary and access “chrome: // flags”;
  2. Look for the “Scrollable TabStrip” option;
  3. Activate the feature;
  4. Restart your browser.

Then, just position the mouse over the tabs and scroll, if there are many tabs open in a browser window, as shown in the image below.

Google Chrome tests scrolling to manage open tabs (Image: Playback / Reddit / Leopeva64-2)

Google Chrome tests scrolling open tabs (Image: Playback / Reddit / Leopeva64-2)

With information: MSPowerUser, Neowin and Reddit

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