If you have used the Microsoft Edge web browser classic (new Edge does not have the feature yet), you may have stumbled upon the browser's Tab Preview Bar feature. Just click on the arrow icon on the tab bar to display thumbnail images of the sites and resources open in the browser.
It appears that Google is attempting to bring a similar feature to the company's Chrome web browser. Already in Chrome OS, Google engineers are working on introducing Tab Strip functionality in the Chrome browser.
The feature introduces an option in the Chrome browser to display a strip of tabs. While it is unclear yet how it would be activated by the user, it is likely that Google is adding an icon to the browser's tab bar to activate and deactivate the Tab Strip view in the browser.
The following screenshot shows the Tab Strip in the Microsoft Edge web browser.
The arrow icon next to the plus icon in the Tab Bar displays and hides the Tab Strip interface. When activated, it pushes the activate site down as it needs room to display the thumbnails. Edge users may use drag and drop to change the order of tabs or jump to any open site with a click on the tab.
The video that is embedded below demonstrates how the Tab Strip looks like in Chrome OS.
All tabs open in the web browser are displayed with thumbnails when users activate the Tab Strip functionality. Since thumbnails use a wider area than tabs, scrolling is available to go through the list of open sites and resources in the browser.
It is furthermore possible to drag and drop tabs to reorder them just like it is the case in Chrome's Tab Bar (and any other browser's for that matter).
The visualization may improve use on touch-enabled devices and help users locate tabs quicker.
Google did not reveal when the new functionality will land in Chrome; it is likely that it will be introduced behind a flag that users need to enable to activate the functionality.
While I'd like to see options to scroll the tab bar in Chrome, as the browser still becomes unusable when too many tabs are opened, it is clear that the Tab Strip would offer users some resource as it supports scrolling. Chrome users who cannot identify tabs anymore could use it for navigational purposes.
Now You: Would you use the Tab Strip if it lands in Chrome / your browser? (via Caschy)
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