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How to Make Microsoft Edge Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs

If you have a bunch of tabs open and accidentally close out of Edge you could be losing data and more. Here’s how to make Edge warn you before closing multiple tabs.

When you close the Microsoft Edge browser and have multiple tabs open you might want to be warned. If you have several tabs running you could lose data entered into online forms or an email. Or you might end up losing your spot while doing a research project, for example. Whatever the reason, here’s how to make Edge warn you when closing multiple tabs.

Ask Before Closing Multiple Microsoft Edge Tabs

To enable the feature, launch Microsoft Edge, and type or simply copy and paste the following path into the address bar and hit Enter:

edge://flags/#edge-ask-before-closing-multiple-tabs

Flag URL Edge

That will highlight the “Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs” flag. From the dropdown menu next to it change it from Default to Enabled.

enable flag

Then you will need to relaunch the browser for the setting to go into effect. Click the Restart button at the bottom of the page.

restart edge

Once Edge comes back, you’ll need to turn on the feature. Click the Menu button (three dots) at the top-right corner of the browser and then click Settings.

Edge Settings

Next, click on Appearance from the left-hand panel. Then on the right side under the “Customize browser” section turn on the “Ask before closing multiple tabs” switch and close out of Settings.

Edge Appearance

That’s it. Now the next time you have multiple tabs open in Edge and you go to close the browser, a message will pop up asking if you’re sure you want to close all tabs. If you still want to exit the browser, click the Close all button. If not, just click on the Cancel button. You can, of course, tick the box for Edge not to ask you again.

ask before closing

If you do check the “Don’t ask me again” box, you can always go back into Settings > Appearance and turn on the “Ask before closing multiple tabs” switch. That feature will always be in Settings now. You won’t need to go into the Flags section again to enable it.

The reason why Microsoft doesn’t already have this as an option in Settings isn’t clear. However, it is currently in the Dev version of Edge so it should be coming soon to the stable channel. And you won’t need to enable a flag first to get it.

And if you’re just getting started with Edge, check out some of our other tutorials like how to use Chrome extensions with Edge. Or read our article on how to make Edge read articles to you.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. random name

    couldn’t find the option ! maybe they removed it in new version (2021)

  2. J Russ

    Brilliant! 1st search and enabled. Thanks.

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