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Last night’s Google Chrome release announcement for the Beta channel has flipped over to version 7. One of the major updates is the Google Chrome Labs feature becoming available for the first time in this channel. This is in an attempt to move some features out of the command line switch and into an easier toggle method by using the “about:labs” command from the Omnibox for the menu of options.
One interesting other feature included for Macs is an expose-like showing of all open tabs. CNET’s Steve Shankland has a photo of this, which looks like a great feature that has been on display as a variety of extensions, but is integrated for Apple users.
The Canary build of Chrome was updated today, and as result DownloadSquad discovered you can now use Google Chrome Labs, which was previously only available in Chromium. Just get the latest version of Canary, and type “about:labs” in the omnibox. From there you’ll get to see what Google is calling “some crazy experimental stuff”.
However, for the time being, the only things that’s available is the Side Tabs function that puts your tabs over to the left – good for widescreen users.
Now that it is in Canary, expect to see Chrome Labs show up in the beta release soon and hopefully more experimental browser goodness to come in the near future.
Many people have asked for the ability to move their tabs to the side in Google Chrome. This is a feature that first took off in Firefox, and fortunately the Chromium team has graciously put them into the early builds. Now, if you’re using Chrome 6 in the form of the development or canary builds, you can have sidebar tabs as well.
The first thing you need to do is add “–enable-sidebar-tabs” to your Chrome shortcut like this.
To revert to regular tabs, right click on an open tab and uncheck the Use side tabs option.
I’m not sure what to think about sidebar tabs – I’ve never used them, so I am accustomed to using regular tabs on the top. I think the feature also need a bit of UI polish as well, but if you’re using Firefox just for the sidebar tabs, you might want to grab yourself the development build of Chrome and give it a shot.