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Automatically Zoom Photos On Mouse Hover In Google Chrome

Google Chrome comes with a zooming function which will enlarge the web page including text, images, videos etc. However, each web page needs to be manually zoomed in or zoomed out. Hover Zoom will automatically zoom the photos on your mouse hover in Chrome.

The shortcut for zooming in is Ctrl – + and for zooming out, you can press Ctrl – -. To zoom in or zoom out using the mouse, you can hold the Ctrl key and move the mouse scroll button up or down to zoom in or out.

Automatically zoom photos with Hover Zoom
Hover Zoom Example

Most of the time, we need small images to be zoomed in to take a closer look at pictures.

Hover Zoom – automatically zoom photos on hovering

Update: Now you can use Hover Zoom+ for the same purpose.

Hover Zoom+
Hover Zoom+
Developer: Oleg Anashkin
Price: Free

Hover Zoom is a wonderful Google Chrome extension which does the trick for us.

Hover Zoom activated successfully message

Hover Zoom provides larger versions of thumbnails or smaller images when you hover your mouse over the image.

This will be done automatically without delays. Just move your mouse pointer over an image and it will open a magnified version of the image in a hover window without clicking or opening anything else.

When you move your mouse pointer away from the image, the magnified image will automatically disappear.

Sometimes it can be annoying that the extension opens the images instantly even if we hover the mouse accidentally.

Fortunately, we can configure the delay after which an image is magnified.

Hover Zoom options

To configure the delay, go to Chrome Settings –> Extensions. Under Hover Zoom, select Options. Under Delay, adjust the delay by seconds according to your needs.

You can also enable or disable Hover Zoom extension for specific sites.

Hover Zoom Delays

The biggest issue with Hover Zoom is that it doesn’t work for all sites but will work for the majority of the sites including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Reddit, Amazon, Tumbler and of course ITechtics.

Overall, if you open websites with a lot of small images, Hover Zoom extension is a must have for you. If you are uncomfortable with Hover Zoom, you may also try out similar Google Chrome extensions like Photo Zoom for Facebook, Photo Zoom for Twitter, Image Hover Zoom, and Hover Free.

Update: Imagus is another wonderful app for zooming images on Chrome. It’s quite popular and works really well to enlarge thumbnails, and show images/videos from links with a mouse hover. The biggest advantage of Imagus is that you can define on which sites Imagus should be enabled or disabled.

Imagus
Imagus
Developer: Deathamns
Price: Free

Which Google Chrome extension works best for you? For me, the primary extension to zoom images still remains Hover Zoom. If Hover Zoom doesn’t work for you, you can use Hover Zoom+ or Imagus as better alternatives.

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About the author: Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching. Reach him at Twitter @usmank11

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  • Anonymous August 13, 2014, 4:34 AM

    And if you want it to be general across all Windows rather than only browsers, you may user the ImageZoomer tool.

  • Anonymous August 13, 2014, 4:33 AM

    How is CoolPreviews? It’s available for Firefox.

  • Anonymous August 13, 2014, 4:32 AM

    I like the Facebook photo zoom feature more attractive. Not interested in zooming functionality anywhere else.

  • Anonymous August 13, 2014, 4:30 AM

    I am using Firefox at the moment. Is there any plugin which can do the same trick on Firefox? I want to zoom pictures in firefox.

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