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At home I'm running Fedora 17, and I've grown accustomed to quickly scanning through open tabs by using the mouse wheel while hovering over the tab bar. It's a very natural gesture for me now.

At least once a week at work (usually Mondays), I attempt to use the same technique on chrome running on a MacBook Pro, but the tabs won't budge. This is starting to make me crazy.

Does anyone have a solution which will allow me to use the scroll wheel to change tabs on google chrome for OSX?

(I found the following google code thread, but the suggested fix does not address the issue as far as I can tell --

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Did you ever find a solution? – Some Guy Feb 21 '14 at 15:36

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The extension Chrome Toolbox might be of interest to you:

Chrome Toolbox Options

I have not tested it on OSX but it's working for Windows 7 and there should not be compatibility problems there.

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These options seem to be missing from my install of the Chrome Toolbox extension. It seems to be OS-dependent. Still looking for a solution... – user636685 Jan 18 '13 at 14:42
Most of the tab options (including the scroll mouse option) aren't available in OS X. – namuol Sep 16 '13 at 4:09
The extension is broken in current chrome versions and has been removed from the extension store. – ThiefMaster Dec 30 '13 at 12:23

Found a solution on a Google Groups thread. Use AutoHotKey with the following script:

;; Wheel Scroll Tabs for Google Chrome 

#IfWinActive ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_1 
    MouseGetPos,, yaxis 
    IfGreater,yaxis,23, Return 
    IfEqual,A_ThisHotkey,~$WheelDown, Send ^{PgDn} 
                                 Else Send ^{PgUp} 

Note: I've changed it to Chrome_WidgetWin_1 because that's what worked for me. If that doesn't work for you, try changing it to Chrome_WidgetWin_0


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There is a simple chrome extension which allow you to scroll tabs with alt + mouse wheel up / down:

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If you are the author of this extension, please disclose your affiliation with it. – slhck Aug 23 '14 at 7:51

If you are using Chrome 32+ check this solution with AutoHotKey (compiled script). Chrome Toolbox is not working on Chrome above 31.

Or use directly:

; Mouse Wheel Tab Scroll 4 Chrome
; -------------------------------
; Scroll though Chrome tabs with your mouse wheel when hovering over the tab bar.
; If the Chrome window is inactive when starting to scroll, it will be activated.

#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
#Warn   ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
#SingleInstance force   ; Determines whether a script is allowed to run again when it is already running.
#UseHook Off    ; Using the keyboard hook is usually preferred for hotkeys - but here we only need the mouse hook.
#MaxHotkeysPerInterval 1000 ; Avoids warning messages for high speed wheel users.

SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
Menu, Tray, Tip, Mousewheel tab scroll for Chrome (1.0.3)

    MouseGetPos,, ypos, id
    WinGetClass, class, ahk_id %id%
    If (ypos < 45 and InStr(class,"Chrome_WidgetWin"))
        IfWinNotActive ahk_id %id%
            WinActivate ahk_id %id%
        If A_ThisHotkey = WheelUp
            Send ^{PgUp}
            Send ^{PgDn}
        If A_ThisHotkey = WheelUp
            Send {WheelUp}
            Send {WheelDown}
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