To address Tab overflow issue in Chrome, Google added Grouping Tabs and Scrollable tab bar features. Chrome lets you scroll through extraneous tabs that no longer fit in the tab strip through Scroll buttons. The feature is a welcome addition to Chrome for sure, but the way feature development is progressing currently hints that scroll buttons on the tab strip to appear permanently even if you’ve one tab open at the moment, which doesn’t make sense.
The Scrollable Tab Strip flag added a year back in Chrome has started working recently.
To scroll through tabs with mouse wheel in Chrome
- Launch Chrome browser
- Visit chrome://flags
- Search for “scrollable TabStrip”
- Click on the dropdown arrow and select “Enabled”
- Restart the browser.
Scrollable TabStrip buttons
Today, an additional flag named “Scrollable TabStrip Buttons” has been added by the Chromium team to Chrome Canary which ensures Scroll buttons appear permanently on the tab strip.
The problem with this is, unlike Firefox, Chrome shows Scroll arrows on the tab strip even if you’ve less number of tabs open.
Chrome should be showing Scroll buttons after a certain number of tabs open to scroll through. Firefox does this beautifully, where Chrome not at the moment in Canary.
Let us hope the Chromium team addresses this issue and makes Scroll arrows appear only when there are more tabs open.
Any Firefox user here, What’s your take on this change? Let us know in the comments below.