Switch Tabs in Chrome Visually via Thumbnails

Do you often work with Chrome by opening more than 10 tabs at a time? If yes, then I am sure that you must be facing problems when it comes to tab switching in Chrome. Usually, in order to switch to the required tab in Chrome, one has to navigate almost through all the open tabs.

This is because it is difficult to identify the required tab via its title that gets shrunk when too many tabs are opened simultaneously. So, the only way left is to click each tab to switch to the required one in Chrome. Isn’t this time consuming, boring, and irritating? Well, there’s a better solution now!


How about switching to the required tab visually via thumbnails? Imagine your browser in the Thumbnail mode where you can preview all your open tabs, navigate through each of them quickly via keyboard, and switch to the desired one via just a single click. Isn’t this something that you wanted for Chrome apart from the Windows taskbar?

Such a way to switch tabs in Chrome eliminates the cons of the traditional method of switching. In fact, I would say that it is the most efficient method of switching tabs in Chrome. So, are you interested in knowing how to view the thumbnails of your open tabs? Kindly read further!

Get the Thumbnails Via A Geeky Chrome Extension

It is the Visual Tabs extension that aids in navigating through the tabs via thumbnails that appear in a cover-flow style in a popup window. This is the most demanded extension until now to switch tabs in Chrome. All you need to do is use the arrow keys to browse the thumbnails for spotting the desired tab to which you need to switch.

You can also delete a tab from this thumbnail popup window. So, what are you waiting for? Just get the Visual Tabs extension from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gmpnbibondcjmkmmdmdjahgoglpendge by clicking the ADD TO CHROME button.

Geeky Chrome Extension

Finally, you will see that the black-colored icon appears on the Bookmarks toolbar, which is known as Tabs Navigation (see this in tooltip).

Tabs Navigation

Now, it’s time to explore the extension options so that you can customize the way it works. To do so, you need to right-click the icon and select Options.

Visual Tabs Options page

This will show up a new tab with the Visual Tabs Options page wherein you can change the background and size of the thumbnail popup window. You can also specify whether the setting bar will appear in the thumbnail popup window or not.

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Put The Visual Tabs Extension Into Action

Restart Chrome, open some tabs, and then just click the Tabs Navigation icon. You will see the popup window wherein all the open tabs are displayed as thumbnails.

Visual Tabs Extension

Now, just use the arrow keys to navigate through these thumbnails, spot the desired tab to which you want to switch, and click it. That’s it! This is how you switch tabs in Chrome visually. Notice that as you browse, you can see the tab title below each thumbnail and the settings bar that will appear only if you have selected its respective check box on the Options page.

Sometimes, you need not even have to navigate through the thumbnails for tab switching in Chrome. This is a special case where you can see your desired tab for switching in the first display set. In this case, you can switch to that tab via a click on its thumbnail.

Visual Tabs Extension features

If you want to close a tab from this popup window, just place the mouse pointer over the desired tab thumbnail and click the small cross icon that appears at the top right corner.

Did you like the Visual Tabs extension? Do you have any suggestion? Please share with us in comments!