Topic Preview mouse-over preview effect for phpBB3
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Topic Preview Topic Preview for phpBB3

A phpBB extension that displays a short excerpt of text from the first post in a tooltip while the mouse hovers over a topic’s title.

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Browser support

Chrome 4+4+     Firefox 3.5+3.5+     Safari 3+3+     Internet Explorer 6+6+     Opera 10.5+10.5+


  • Let your visitors peek at what's inside a topic before they click on it
  • Admin options to display user avatars and text previews from the first and last posts
  • Admin option to set the amount of text shown in the preview
  • Admin option to define BBCodes whose contents you want removed from the topic preview
  • Admin options to customize the appearance and assign different themes to board styles
  • Ships with four themes, additional custom themes can be added using CSS files
  • No theme option, i.e.: native browser tooltip (does not support avatars or last posts)
  • User option allows users to disable topic previews
  • Previews are aware of browser window top/bottom edges and are responsive
  • The last word in the topic preview is not cut off and will be followed by an ellipsis
  • BBCode tags and URL links are removed for a cleaner text-only appearance
  • Smileys are displayed as text :)
  • Does not significantly impact server load (no additional db queries)
  • Multiple languages are supported. View the pre-installed localizations.
  • Built-in support for "Precise Similar Topics", "Recent Topics" and "Top Five" extensions


  • Featured MOD of the Week in the phpBB Weekly Podcast, episode #143.

Minimum Requirements

  • phpBB 3.2.0 or higher
  • PHP 5.4 or higher


  1. Download the latest validated release.
  2. Unzip the downloaded release and copy it to the ext directory of your phpBB board.
  3. Navigate in the ACP to Customise -> Manage extensions.
  4. Look for Topic Preview under the Disabled Extensions list and click its Enable link.


  1. Navigate in the ACP to Customise -> Manage extensions.
  2. Click the Disable link for Topic Preview.
  3. To permanently uninstall, click Delete Data, then delete the topicpreview folder from phpBB/ext/vse/.


Support is available for Topic Preview in the phpBB Extension Database.


GNU General Public License v2

© 2013 - Matt Friedman