No More Tab Clutter On Chrome, Engineer From Google Confirms Work On Scrollable Tabstrips

Google Chrome is undoubtedly one of the more used and popular browsers to the common man. One huge problem that Chrome suffers from is tab cluttering. Tab cluttering happens when a user opens new tabs, one after another, and after a certain number of tabs Chrome automatically reduces the width of all the open tabs in the browser’s UI to make space and accommodate all the new tabs that are being opened.

This often leads into hiding the webpage header which you would normally see on your tab and then switching between these tabs and looking for your desired tab can become annoying and even mildly infuriating at times.

However, there are two browsers which do not face this problem because they found a fix and implemented it before many other browsers would. Firefox and Microsoft Edge both, come with the feature of what they call ‘tab bar scrolling’. This feature allows the users to use the mouse scroll wheel as well as the arrow keys on the keyboard to quickly navigate through tabs saving a considerable amount of time and effort.

In a recent Reddit thread Peter Casting, an engineer for the Chrome team said “Scrollable Tabstrip is in the works. In the meantime, try using shift-clicking and ctrl-clicking to select multiple tabs at once, then drag out to separate windows to group tabs by window.” when a user suggested an improvement for the existing tab cluttering problem.

Google is late to the party considering that this is one of the bigger UI flaws that Chrome has and that both Firefox and Edge have had it for quite some time now. This feature has been one of the most requested ones from Chrome users as they constantly point out on various forums that the minimum width of the tabs can go to an annoying 76 pixels per tab which make them near impossible to always accurately click on.