Take A Better View Of Your Photos With Photo Zoom For Facebook [Chrome]

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That’s why Facebook gradually brought in changes to the way we upload, view, and share photos. The Photo Viewer with the Lightbox (inspite of an unflattering welcome) has stayed on and grown on us. High-resolution photos are very welcome, thank you. The eight time increase in dimension has  made for a much richer experience. Though, it still hasn’t made Facebook the hot destination for professional photographers Learn Photography: Connect With Top Photographers On Google+ Communities Finding inspiration for photography is never a problem on the web. But even when we are taking in all we can, we shouldn’t forget the real-timeliness of social media and its natural give and take... Read More , it’s definitely better than the Facebook of old.

I like my photos, and that’s why my Chrome packs extensions that make for a better photo experience 7 Cool Google Chrome Extensions For The Guy Who Likes His Photos Read More . The latest Chrome extension to join the tribe is Photo Zoom for Facebook. Let me tell you why.

FB Photo Zoom – Is 2 Million Plus Downloads A Reason Enough?

The small fact that Photo Zoom for Facebook is on our Best Chrome Extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More page was just the first nudge. The statistical fact that it has racked up 2 million plus downloads on the Chrome Web Store was the shove. Frankly, that’s quite a score for an extension that claims to be the best way to view photos on Facebook.

My preferred install before this extension came into my crosshairs was Hover Zoom. Hover Zoom helps to enlarge photos across lots of photo sites like DeviantArt, Pinterest, Flickr, and Facebook. Photo Zoom for Facebook as the name says is for Facebook alone. So, if you love viewing photos on a range of sites, I would say – plonk for Hover Zoom. But if your second home is Facebook, give Photo Zoom a try because it is specialized for the social network.

Built Specifically For Facebook

Photo Zoom for Facebook was earlier called FB Photo Zoom. It’s the same deal if you used the earlier avatar, except in name. Now, you can also call it PZ4FB. The functionality is simple – hover your mouse over any image or thumbnail (for instance, the profile thumbnail) and the Chrome extension enlarges it for a better view. There is no right-clicking or clicking anywhere else…it is seamless and tightly integrated into your Facebook browsing experience.

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Looking at images in their enlarged forms with just a mouse-over might not seem like a big deal at first. But try it out on a succession of images and you will get the point. It saves a heck of time. You don’t have to click and open the images in another tab just to see the larger high-resolution versions. Photo zooming then and there is also productive if you have a slower connection.

Photo Zoom also fits the zoomed image perfectly on the browser page. The zoomed image is not cut-off at the edges and ends, and you get the photo in its full glory. Understandably, it blocks the page underneath, but the extension is so lightweight and speedy that you can mouse-over and mouse-out in a second. Photo Zoom has an option to enable or disable the caption underneath the photo in the zoomed view. I would recommend that you keep it on.

Going under the Extension’s Hood – The Options

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The above screenshot shows you all there is. You have to restart the browser to make any changes effective. You can’t do it on the fly. It’s better to keep the Zoomed Opacity to 100%…any less doesn’t make any sense because why would you want to see an enlarged translucent image in the first place. It would have been a great feature if there was some way to change the opacity on the fly so that one could see the text underneath. But that’s not possible here.

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Keep in mind the shortcut keys to toggle the extension. The speed of the extension sometimes comes in the way as images enlarge in a split second and prevent you from reading content on the page. So, use the toggle shortcut to keep the extension subdued till you need it. You can also set the two modifier keys mentioned under the toggle control.

For some reason or because of Facebook’s own, Disable Facebook’s “Photo Theater” didn’t work for me. I couldn’t figure out the reason, so if it does work in your case do let the rest of know in the comments. If it’s a bug, the developer can look into it.

A Simple Time Saving Chrome Extension

Photo Zoom for Facebook is a lightweight extension. Memory consumption is average…just on par with other popular extensions like Pocket and LastPass. Over a course of time, the time you save by not opening each image in Facebook’s Photo Viewer or separate tab really adds up and then you will start appreciating the must-install angle of this extension.

Give FB Photo Zoom a hover and tell us if it will find a place on your Chrome extensions list. If not, do you have a better option?

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  1. Fransiskus Hendro Vikal
    August 16, 2013 at 2:42 am

    (-_-) hehehe... I Like photo zoom...

  2. Magnus Johansson
    July 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I have downloaded the latest FB Photo Zoom and it will not work wit my Firefox ( i use the latest version) I can´t find the setting like in Chrome. What´s wrong?

  3. Anggichie Anagk Rempongabbiezt
    July 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm


  4. Delinke Krivokapic
    May 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks For The Info

  5. Mythical
    May 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

    i don't know how to get it downloaded or installed on my chrome .
    can't find any string to click , any help ?

    • Saikat Basu
      May 22, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Well, it is just a Chrome extension which installs the normal way. Are you getting an error.

  6. Mythical
    May 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

    i don't know how to get it downloaded or installed on my chrome .
    can't find any string to click , any help ?

  7. Shiferaw Berkineh
    May 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I love chrom

  8. Chamal Lakmal
    April 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    It is usefully.thank you..

  9. Stephanie Braithwaite
    April 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I have learnedd so much from "Make Use Of"...one amazing tech site for me.

  10. marko
    April 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    GOPHOTOIT is much better!!!!!!!!

    • Saikat Basu
      April 4, 2013 at 5:16 am

      Thanks for the mention Marko. Will check this one out too. Looks good.

    • Regis Gaughan
      April 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Actually, this is malware and I receive many emails from users who believed they've installed the real Photo Zoom for Facebook.

      The real Photo Zoom for Facebook used to be called "FB Photo Zoom" when it was only on the Google Webstore. Due to its popularity, fbphotozoom.com was purchased by another in an attempt to fool users into installing it over the real extension (you can see on that site it's the same cookie cutter as "GoPhotoIt." Unfortunately, it also installs mal & adware alongside itself (oddly, the "Norton Verified" on the site is for the website, not the extension). I take it as a compliment someone has gone through so much effort to mimic my extension (even copying the logo nearly identically), but it stinks for the users who install it unsuspectingly.

      • pam
        July 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        funny I have never had any issues w/malware or anything else from this.I'm certified in networking,security and support w/a 3.6 GPA in CT,i'm pretty quick to catch if trash has stopped in to visit*malware,adware,viruses,etc.*

      • pam
        July 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

        Question,when will we be able to use zoom w/chrome vs. just the ext. working only for FB we use chrome to run the ext. why not have it work for chrome as well

  11. Regis Gaughan
    April 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    The creator of Photo Zoom for Facebook here. Thanks for the great write-up! It's also available for Firefox and Safari from my website: http://www.regisgaughan.com/fbphotozoom/

    I hope to have a new version soon that faster and takes advantage of some of the new interface changes Facebook is and has been making.

    Thanks Again!

    • Saikat Basu
      April 4, 2013 at 5:17 am

      Thanks Regis for dropping by. Any changes for Chrome to go along with the Firefox update?

      • Regis Gaughan
        April 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        Oh yes, the updates will be on Chrome first (the largest audience), then on Firefox and Safari later. Faster, pre-caching and I'm looking into account integration for more details about the photo. Plus some bugs and things you've noticed like the Theater Disabling, etc.

        Thanks for being a fan!

  12. Ahsan Javed
    April 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks For The Info . i always experience such errors that my pics were too large for profile pic due to which sometimes i cannot put my best pic as PP ..... THanks Again

  13. Ahsan Javed
    April 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks For The Info . i always experience such errors that my pics were too large for profile pic due to which sometimes i cannot put my best pic as PP ..... THanks Again