While Microsoft Edge is based on the Chromium source engine, it tries its best to differentiate itself from its counterpart Google Chrome. And more often than not, it’s able to do so quite effectively.
With the addition of tons of new features at regular intervals, it always manages to stay in the limelight and probably a step ahead of other Chromium browsers. Continuing this tradition, it has made another addition to its rich collection of features.
Dubbed as Vertical Tab allows you to shift all your tabs to the left menu bar instead of the earlier horizontal one. As a result, the horizontal bar that earlier had your tabs will now only display the currently opened tab’s name and icon.
Apart from that, there’s a couple of other handy options baked into it that we will be discussing here.
But first, let’s check out the steps to enable this new Vertical Tabs feature in the Microsoft Edge browser.
Enable Edge Vertical Tabs
The option to enable vertical tabs is not enabled by default. However, we can enable it from the Appearance setting.
Here are the steps to enable vertical tabs on Microsoft Edge:
- Launch the Edge browser on your PC.
- Click on the More for menu list.
- Select the Settings option from the list.
- Click on the Appearance tab from the left menu bar.
- Scroll down to the Customize toolbar section.
- Click on the
button next to Show vertical tabs for all current browser windows.
- Enable the Show tabs action menu toggle button.
It will enable the tabs action menu in the header.
- Click on the Tabs actions menu, and select the Turn on vertical tabs option.
That’s it, all your tabs will shift to the left menu bar, and tabs in the header will be disabled.
Customize the Vertical Tabs
Now that you have enabled this functionality let’s check out the steps to make full use.
First off, as you might have noticed, all the vertical tabs are in a condensed form, with only their icons visible by default.
However, you could quickly expand them by hovering your mouse cursor over these tabs. Doing so will make the title of the tabs visible and bring up the associated tab preview window.
Moreover, there’s also an option to keep the vertical tab in its expanded state all the time. For that, you need to click on the Pin icon situated at the top right.
Turn Off Microsoft Edge Vertical Tabs
If you wish to revert to the original horizontal tabs at any point in time, you can disable the verticle tabs option.
Here are the steps to disable vertical tabs on Microsoft Edge:
- Launch Microsoft Edge browser.
- Click on the Tab Actions menu in the vertical bar.
- Select the Turn off vertical tabs option.
It will shift the vertical tabs to their original horizontal top space.
If you want to permanently disable the tab actions menu, open Microsoft Edge’s Settings > Appearance and disable the Show tabs action menu option.
It will remove the tab actions menu and shift the horizontal tabs to their original position.
Bottom Line: Microsoft Edge Vertical Tabs
So with this, we conclude the guide on enabling Vertical tabs in the Microsoft Edge browser. It is a welcome move from Microsoft to incorporate this unique but handy feature into its browser.
As per my personal usage experience, I initially found it reluctant to switch since the horizontal tabs were all used since the initial phase. However, upon giving it a try, it soon became my preferred choice.
What are your views about the vertical tabs in Edge browser? Are you willing to make a switch?