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Google’s calling the ability to use “crazy experimental stuff” within the browser Google Chrome Labs. Here’s what you need to do to enable Labs right now.
The ability to use Labs is only available in Chromium right now. So the first thing you need to do is get the most recent version. Head over to here to find the platform you use.
Once you have installed the latest copy of Chromium using the appropriate installation files for your system, go ahead and enter in about:labs in the omnibox.
Right now the only Chromium Lab available is using side tabs. If you’re using Chrome, you can already use this feature, and I’ve already written a guide on how. According to ReadWriteWeb, Mac users will see something called expose-for-tabs, and right now Linux does not have any Lab features available.
I would expect to see some pretty cool stuff in labs, but it will usually require one to have the updated version of Chromium to get the newest features. We’ll keep you posted when new ones pop up.
In a Chromium Blog post yesterday, a new contextual menu API was introduced, as well as two experimental ones: and Infobar and Omnibox API to offer developer more options when creating both extensions and webapps. Another possible API coming down the pipe would be sidebar functionality.
As Google’s Aleksey Shlyapnikov has proposed, a sidebar API would give “an extension control over a sidebar panel – a per-tab split-pane HTML container with the ability to resize horizontally to the right of the main page content.”
It makes sense, since webapps are going to need as much flexibility as they can get from Chrome’s existing windows. Sidewiki, which is a Google-made extension that allows users to add additional content to web pages, could use this type of API; currently Sidewiki pops out under the extension as opposed to being a full sidebar.
You can read more about the experimental sidebar API here. In the proposal, Shlyapnikove says that sidebar functionality can be already be tested for development purposes by using the “–enable-experimental-extension-apis” switch.
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.