Review: Hover Zoom expands images without extra clicking

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    Hoverzoom provides larger versions of thumbnail pictures when you hover the mouse over them.

Hover Zoom is one of the best and most useful browser plugins in existence...provided you use the Chrome browser, as it is not available for anything else.  It allows you to move your mouse over a small picture and instantly magnify it, without clicking or opening anything.

Shown here on a Facebook feed, Hover Zoom quickly shows bigger versions of thumbnail images.

This free extension from Romain Vallet works on many popular sites, including Facebook, Flickr, Reddit, and Twitter.

The automatic upsizing can get annoying when you mouse over an image by accident, though. To prevent this, you can either specify a time delay before the plugin kicks in, or you can activate the plugin by means of a keyboard shortcut only.

Note: The Download button takes you to the Chrome store, install this software directly into your Chrome browser.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Hoverzoom provides larger versions of thumbnail pictures when you hover the mouse over them.

    Pros

    • Saves clicking

    Cons

    • Doesn't work for all sites
    • High-definition images can take longer to load up and sharpen
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