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Microsoft Edge Gets a Unique Vertical Tabs layout


Microsoft Edge Gets a Unique Vertical Tabs layout

In March, Microsoft said that its Chromium-based Edge browser would get a vertical tabs option and smart copy feature. For now, all browsers show the tabs at the tops of the screen with a horizontal layout. Microsoft has now rolled out a preview of the vertical tabs feature to users in the Dev and Canary channels. The feature lets you move the tab bar from the top to the left side in a vertical layout. You can also switch between the old and new layout with one click.

Horizontal tabs are the only option in most popular browsers available today, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and many more. However, with heavy workflows, the appearance of tabs shrinks so much that it becomes difficult to recognize open tabs.

If you are part of the Edge Dev channel, you can enable the new layout by going to Settings > Appearance and then toggling the “show vertical tabs button” option. The tabs will appear in the side left bar, where you can reorder, mute, and pin the tabs individually. The vertical tabs pane can also be minimized by clicking on the arrow icon in the tabs pane. As the feature is in beta, it is expected to come to all users very soon.

If you still cannot wait for the same, you can try Vivaldi, the only browser which fully supports the vertical tab in a stable version. Founded by ex-founders of Opera, Vivaldi has the most extensive “tab management” solution. It allows users to customize how and where their tabs appear in the browser and even search the tabs from the sidebar. If you are a Google Chrome user, you can install a vertical tab extension. However, Chrome does not allow the vertical tabs feature natively.

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