How to Turn Off Tab Hover Card Previews in Chrome

Mar 15, 2021 - 5 Comments

Disabling Chrome tab hover previews

Chrome users may be interested in disabling the tab hover previews that pop-up as you hover the cursor over browser tabs. This feature can be nice for some, but distracting for others.

We’ll show you how to disable those tab hover thumbnail previews (or Tab Hover Cards, as Chrome refers to them) in Chrome on Mac and other platforms too.

If you were happy about disabling Safari tab previews on Mac you’ll probably be equally excited about turning these off for Chrome as well.

How to Disable Tab Hover Previews in Chrome

This should work in Chrome for Mac, Windows, Chromebook / Chrome OS, and Linux, as well as for Chrome Canary and developer builds.

  1. Open the Chrome browser, if you haven’t done so already
  2. In the URL bar, enter the following and hit return:
  3. chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards

  4. For “Tab Hover Cards” choose “Disabled” from the dropdown menu
  5. How to Disable Chrome Tab Hover Preview Cards

  6. Relaunch Chrome

Once Chrome has relaunched you can hover the cursor over the tabs and no preview thumbnail will generate or show up anymore.

This can sometimes make Chrome feel a bit faster, and perhaps even reduce it’s memory footprint a bit, since fewer resources are being used by the browser to render the thumbnail previews on hover.

While this is obviously for Chrome, if you’re a Mac user who uses multiple browsers you might find it nice to know how to turn off Safari tab previews on Mac as well.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks


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  1. RSummers says:

    Now, how do we get rid of these obnoxious cards? It’s no longer an experiment!

    For some reason Google thinks this is actually more useful than obnoxious? I’ve seen zero value and constant distraction; it has to go.

    Please help!

  2. Lee Johnson says:

    As of a Chrome update a few days ago, they have removed the option to disable tab hover cards but still give the option to disable tab hover card images – which does not stop the hover cards showing. Now a compulsory distraction from Google, it seems.

    • Rami says:

      Lol. Thanks for explaining. Any ideas on how to disable them regardless or should I expect to be stuck with them forever?

  3. deekayare says:

    Thank you thank you for the hover card info. It was so annoying in gmail.

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