How To Enable Aero Peek for All Tabs in Google Chrome

Enable Aero Peek in All Google Chrome TabsEarlier, grooveDexter showed you , a much appreciated fix that lets you see previews of all of your open tabs by mousing over the Firefox tab in the Windows 7 taskbar. For Google Chrome, enabling Aero Peek previews for all tabs makes even more sense—especially as Google attempts to revolutionize the browser as an operating system. In , the Chrome tab bar will replace the Windows 7 taskbar, as we take more of our apps to the cloud. The only downside of that is that, by default, Aero Peek only shows one Google Chrome tab at a time. Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this

that enables Aero Peek previews for all Google Chrome tabs by using a Chrome.exe command line switch. This groovy tweak works with all Google Chrome channels, including the stable, beta and dev releases.

Enable Aero Peek in All Google Chrome Tabs

Enable Aero Peek in All Google Chrome Tabs

Step One

Create a shortcut for Google Chrome. If you already have a Chrome shortcut on your desktop or , you can use that one.

Step Two

Right-click the Chrome shortcut and Click Properties.

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Step Three

In the Target field, add “–enable aero-peek-tabs” to the end (without the quotes). The entire string should be something like

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –enable-aero-peek-tabs

Enable Aero Peek in All Google Chrome Tabs

Click OK.

Step Four

Launch Google Chrome using your modified Chrome shortcut. Now, when you mouse-over the tab on the Windows Taskbar, you’ll see Aero Peek previews for all of the tabs. You’ll also notice that when you mouse-over an Aero Peek preview, the window in Chrome shows that tab (even if that tab isn’t currently selected).

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Note: This feature is disabled by default for a reason—this is a feature Chrome intends to implement later, but for certain reasons, it’s not quite stable yet in some situations. If you experience any trouble with Chrome, try removing this line from your Shortcut.



  1. Thomas Vanhoutte

    May 9, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Just like in Internet Explorer 9. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Jim Bronson

    July 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    doesn’t work for me. does it require administrative rights?

  3. christer247

    October 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    It’s not stable YET??? Windows 7 has been along for… how long again??? Omg are they slow :( This is one feature I find _really_ useful and of course, it doesn’t work in my favourite browser :/

  4. christer247

    October 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Doesn’t work… I type exactly what is shown, and it gives me an error message. I just can’t continue… Have to click cancel… Tried both the start menu one and the superbar one..

  5. amir

    February 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    removed since chrome version 20.

  6. Lana

    December 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Doesn’t work for me, either. I get an error message that I have an incorrect Target.

  7. Joe B

    March 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Nope doesn’t work. This is the ONLY reason I never use Chrome!

  8. VanguardLH

    April 25, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Don’t know if this is applicable anymore. Besides, a command-line argument in a shortcut does not have effect when the web browser is opened as a handler, like when you click on a URL (hyperlink) in an e-mail or a URL shortcut on the desktop. The only time the command-line argument gets used is when you use the shortcut. I rarely go clicking on a desktop shortcut to load a web browser. I already know where I want to go and use the Address Bar in the Windows taskbar or click on a hyperlink in a document. As of today, Google Chrome still does not directly support tab previews (in the Windows taskbar) although both Internet Explorer and Firefox do. There no setting in chrome:flags to enable tab preview.

  9. VanguardLH

    April 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    The aero tab preview feature in Google Chrome was removed long ago (I think since version 20). So the –enable-aero-peek-tabs command-line argument does nothing.

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