Enable Scrollable TabStrip in Chrome browser on a Mac computer

February 17, 2021

When you have dozens of tabs opened in Chrome, the browser deliberately shrinks tabs' size to accommodate all the tabbed pages. This makes it difficult for a user to juggle between them. Fortunately, you don’t need an extra app to manage them. A new tab-management feature - Scrollable TabStrip introduced in Chrome simplifies the task as it makes the tab strip scrollable.

Chrome TabStrip

How to activate Scrollable TabStrip in Chrome on a Mac computer?

You’ll need to visit the chrome://flags page to activate Scrollable TabStrip in Chrome. When enabled, it will show the tab previews, once you hover the mouse cursor over them.

  1. Launch the Chrome browser.
  2. Type chrome://flags in the URL address bar and hit the Return key.
  3. Locate the search box on the chrome://flags page.
  4. Type #scrollable-tabstrip.
  5. Hit the drop-down menu adjacent to the option.
  6. Select Enabled option.
  7. Close the browser.
  8. Restart Chrome.

How to find Scrollable tabs in Chrome?

Launch the Chrome browser. Make sure you are running the latest version of the browser.

In the URL bar of Chrome, type chrome://flags and hit the Return Key.

In the Search flags search bar on the Flags page, type #scrollable-tabstrip.

When the feature is visible, click the drop-down menu adjacent to the option.

Scrolling TabStrip Enabled
Scrolling TabStrip Enabled

Select Enabled option to change the default status. In addition, you’ll find other options like,

  • Enabled – Tabs shrink to pinned tabbed width.
  • Enabled – Tabs shrink to medium width.
  • Enabled – Tabs shrink to large width.
  • Enabled – Tabs do not shrink.

Restart Chrome to allow the changes to take effect.

Scrolling TabStrip Chrome
Scrolling TabStrip Chrome

Once done, it will allow users to access tabs by scrolling when they no longer fit in the tab strip. It works on all major platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. To undo the changes, select the Disabled option

Scrollable TabStrip not working?

In Chrome browser, the feature is not enabled by default. You’ll need to do it by changing the default status of the #scrollable-tabstrip via chrome://flags page.

Hope that makes sense!


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