Google Chrome: Quickly View Larger Facebook Pictures with Facebook Photo Zoom

Lately, I’ve realized how little I like clicking on things.  When opening programs, I’d rather type a command with my keyboard than open my Start menu.  If I need to open a file in a folder, I type the first few letters of its name and press the enter key.  So when I’m on Facebook, I’d much rather hover my mouse over an image to see the full size than to interact with that licentious mouse button.

The Facebook Photo Zoom extension for Google Chrome is a welcome relief to us mechanomusophobics (ok, I made that word up, but the roots are syntactically correct!).  To start using Facebook Photo Zoom, simply install the extension from its Chrome Extensions page and it will automatically be activated.

The next time you want to view a larger version of an image on Facebook, simply hover your mouse over it.  This works on both profile pictures as well as photos.

If you ever feel like turning Facebook Photo Zoom off temporarily, just press CTRL + SHIFT + Z or click the small photo button to the left of your Facebook chat bar.

Image credit: John Stansbury

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5 responses to “Google Chrome: Quickly View Larger Facebook Pictures with Facebook Photo Zoom”

  1. Nora Colleen Proctor Avatar

    I also hate clicking on things, but am wondering how this would work with a touchscreen interface… has anyone you know tried it out? I have an HP Touchsmart which I love, but a lot of the applications on the web don't quite work with my hands on approach unless they're specialized for touch.

    PS: Hi Evan!!! I haven't seen you FOREVER

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      Anonymous

      Maybe you could use some kind of trick – you could click on some whitespace near the photo and then just drag the mouse over the image with your finger. Would that work?

  2. Evan W. Avatar

    Hey Nora 😀

    Very true about touch screen computers, and I'd bet that this extension wouldn't play nicely (it would probably just open the link instead). Hopefully developers will start including customizations for touch screens though, especially with the popularity of touch screen phones.

  3. Nora Colleen Proctor Avatar

    I also hate clicking on things, but am wondering how this would work with a touchscreen interface… has anyone you know tried it out? I have an HP Touchsmart which I love, but a lot of the applications on the web don't quite work with my hands on approach unless they're specialized for touch.

    PS: Hi Evan!!! I haven't seen you FOREVER

  4. Evan W. Avatar

    Hey Nora 😀

    Very true about touch screen computers, and I'd bet that this extension wouldn't play nicely (it would probably just open the link instead). Hopefully developers will start including customizations for touch screens though, especially with the popularity of touch screen phones.

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