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If you're in the habit of using the fancy-pants Chrome Beta to get access to the newest features for your browser of choice, try this handy zoom gesture out. On any desktop page, double-tap anywhere, and on the second tap keep your finger on the screen. Then slide your finger up and down for a quick and easy zoom. It works the same way that the "pinch to zoom" function does, but with a single finger.


The handy gesture was mentioned on the official Chrome release blog. It has been included in Google Maps for some time, and will presumably make it to the standard Chrome build sooner or later. It will only work on desktop-formatted pages; mobile sites that don't zoom don't need it. The application is obvious: it's for using your device with a single hand when trying to get your index finger and thumb on the screen at the same time might be awkward. Those who have one of the newer, larger phones or "phablets" will probably get a lot of use out of this.

Chrome for Android Beta 30 includes a few other gestures for the menu and tab pages, among other things. You can read about the rest here, and hit up the widget below to try out the beta for yourself.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • FatBaron

    Hopefully they have patented this so they can repay Apple the kindness it showed with the pinch to zoom gesture.

    • cas_e

      There was a browser ages ago that had this, pretty sure the guy invented it. It was over a year ago. He really should have patented it because it's very clever.. what a fool.

      • Fellwalker

        It's been in opera for at least a year as tap to zoom current text column, and reflow text. Brilliant. Firefox has had the same for a while.

  • deepmenace

    Still not as good as Sleipnir!

  • Matt McNair

    It does work on the mobile version of AP.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Awesome, Ive been wanting the Google Maps one finger zoom for a while now.

  • Magneira

    Just a tip, it works with mobile sites if you go to settings > acessibility > force zoom, with that enabled all sits will alow you to zoom in.

  • nsnsmj

    Awesome. I was waiting for this to come. I hope more apps get Thor's functionality, or they should just build it into android itself.

  • Siddharth M.

    This feature has been there in a browser called Xscope Pro for many years now..check it out.

    • jacob

      you are the only other person i have seen that remembers this. this is not an old feature, it was called "Pin zoom" in Xscope browser.

  • Cody Revels

    One thing I think Safari has over Chrome is that they have gestures for back and forward on the web. Swipe left for back, right for forward. I wish Chrome had this, it works very well and I used it alot when I had an iphone for a short time.

    • mustbepbs

      IE11 on Windows 8 was super nice for this. I loved it. It also showed you what the page was as you're going back so it's really easy navigation.

      • mrpete987

        I agree! I have an Asus T100 and on this device I use IE11 over Chrome for this exact reason. Once Chrome implements this functionality in Windows as well as double tap zoom I will switch back to Chrome.

    • miri

      Desktop Chrome has it and the bezels are free now, so fingers crossed.

  • wickets

    so you can zoom with one finger instead of two....woooohooooo.......why didnt they include an automatic fit to screen with that?

  • Kuyam

    If i'm correct this is very much like zooming in google maps, right?

  • undercoverduck

    Reminds me of the "one-finger zoom" feature of the Samsung Corby and other touch-dumbphones that came out after

  • undercoverduck

    Has the new tab page design been featured already? I'm not sure whether it was already there in previous releases, but it can be activated in the Flags under "Enable NTP".

    • wickets

      i think that this is the best part of the upgrade

  • Sporttster

    Do not use Chrome. It is the laggiest pos app I've ever seen or used. Every time I've used it, it hangs or lags for minutes!! Forget it...needs lots of work on Android...

    • Steve Williamson

      or maybe its a issue with your phone? No problems here with Chrome or Chrome Beta

      • Justin W

        Same on both my HTC One and Nexus 4. With my Bionic (which I haven't used in about 10 months), however, it was laggy at times, but it sure wasn't a POS app. Just goes to show it's probably about the device it's being used on.

    • QwietStorm

      Yea Android 2.1 is pretty bad in retrospect huh?

    • mrpete987

      Probably something with your device, because Chrome on Android is smooth as butter for me on my HTC One and Nexus 7.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Like in Maps? YEEEEEES. I love that feature.

  • skyline159

    I feel the scrolling is smoother

  • anezarati

    oh heck yes, this feature is awesome in google maps

  • jimmy

    all i want is tap to top, like the way HTC One has in their blinkfeed page. Google needs this feature, it is the equivalent to the "home" button on your desktop keyboard. Apple included this feature to iOS yet android still doesn't have it. It makes scrolling through pages less of a hassle

    • mrpete987

      I love this feature on my HTC one. Please Google, be a copycat!

  • Anonymous

    This is useful as f*ck, thanks