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How to Enable and Use Vertical Tabs on Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 88 and later, the company has started rolling out a “Vertical Tabs” feature. The new feature moves the open tabs from the top of the title bar and moves them to the left-hand side of your browser in a vertical fashion. This feature (also known as “Side Tabs) is rolling out in phases. So even if you have Edge version 88 you might not see it yet. Here’s how to enable and use Vertical Tabs on Microsoft Edge.

Check Your Version of Edge

To check if you are running Microsoft Edge version 88 or above, click the Settings and more button (three dots) at the top-right corner. Then click on Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge.

On the “About” page you can see which version of the browser you are currently running.

about

Enable and Use Vertical Tabs in Microsoft Edge

If the feature hasn’t rolled out to your version of Edge yet you can manually enable it. Launch Edge and type (or copy and paste) the following into the address bar and hit Enter.

edge://flags/#edge-vertical-tabs

That will open to the Vertical Tabs flag. Set it to “Enabled” from the dropdown menu and then click the Restart button for the change to take effect.

Once enabled, you will see a small “Vertical Tabs” button at the top-left corner of the browser next to your other open tabs. Click on it to turn on vertical tabs.

That will move all your open tabs from the top of the browser, over to the left-hand side. You can move up and down the list and click the one you want to open.

Once you open a tab, you can collapse the pane which will give you more screen real estate for the site you’re viewing.

It will only display the site icons. Hovering over the vertical tabs bar will automatically expand it so you can see the full site name and info like shown above.

collapsed

If you aren’t a fan or just want to move tabs back to the top of your browser, click the Vertical Tabs button.

If you don’t think you’ll use the new feature and want the button gone you can remove it. Go to Settings > Appearance and under the “Customize toolbar” section, flip the “Show vertical tabs button” switch off.

That’s all there is to it. It takes some getting used to so go ahead and see if you like the Vertical Tabs feature. Microsoft is adding a lot more tab features to Edge this year like Sleeping Tabs to save system memory.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Bender5  

    I have no need for vertical tabs or a bookmarks bar.

    I just always hide my bookmarks tab, and have edge://favorites set as my home page. That gives me the best view and access, and it’s just one click away.

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