While managing tabs in Microsoft Edge is not exactly exciting, it becomes necessary if you have too many open tabs. Luckily, Edge comes with a wide range of tools and features that help you organize and manage your tabs efficiently to avoid clutter and ensure you can easily find what you’re looking for. Read this guide to find out everything you need to know about tab management in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and learn how to maintain a clean, organized browsing environment. There’s quite a bit of ground to cover, so let’s get started:
After you start the Microsoft Edge browser, there are several ways to open a new tab. The most intuitive way is to click or tap the + (plus) button next to the last open Microsoft Edge tab. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T for the same result.
If you’re using a mouse, you can also open any link from a web page in a new tab by middle-clicking on it. On devices with physical keyboards, hold down the Ctrl key and then click or tap on the link you want to open in a new Microsoft Edge tab. Alternatively, you can also right-click or press-and-hold on a link to open a contextual menu. Then, click or tap on “Open link in new tab.”
Do you still need a tab you just closed? Don’t worry! Microsoft Edge lets you reopen the last closed tab. First, right-click or press-and-hold on either a tab or the toolbar to open a contextual menu. Then, click or tap on “Reopen closed tab.”
Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift +T to reopen a closed tab. Keep in mind that you can keep using this option to reopen several tabs you previously closed.
Not everyone knows this, but you can select multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge using Ctrl or Shift on your keyboard. This works just like selecting multiple files in Windows 10 with the same two keys.
Click or tap on a tab, and then hold down Ctrl on your keyboard while clicking or tapping on another tab. Both tabs are now selected, as seen below. You can do this with as many tabs as you want.
To select adjacent tabs, click or tap on a tab, hold down Shift, and then press on the last tab you want to highlight. All the tabs in between the two are immediately selected. You can also use this method to select all the open tabs in Microsoft Edge by clicking on the first tab in the browser, and then holding down Shift while pressing on the last active tab.
NOTE: You can apply most of the instructions shown in the following chapters of this guide to one tab or more, depending on what you selected in Microsoft Edge.
Moving tabs is easy and intuitive. You can change the position of a tab by dragging and dropping it to the place you want, using the mouse cursor or your finger (if you have a touchscreen).
TIP: If you’re moving multiple tabs that are not next to each other, this automatically groups them together in Microsoft Edge.
To move a tab (or more) to a new window, right-click or press-and-hold on it and then click or tap on “Move tab(s) to new window.”
Alternatively, you can pull out a tab and use it in another window by grabbing it first and then dragging and dropping it away from the toolbar.
When it comes to websites you use all the time, you might want to pin them. That makes Microsoft Edge open them automatically each time it starts, regardless of other settings. Pinning tabs in Edge is very simple: right-click or press-and-hold on the tab(s) you want to pin, and then click or tap on Pin tab(s).
Pinned tabs are automatically placed before other open tabs and show only icons, without displaying the name of their corresponding web pages. This also helps them take less room on your toolbar.
To unpin a tab, right-click or press-and-hold on a pinned tab and click or tap Unpin tab.
TIP: You can also pin a website to the taskbar or Start Menu in Windows 10 to access it more easily.
You may also want to duplicate a tab or more. To do this, right-click or press-and-hold on the tab you want to open again, and then press on the Duplicate tab option.
Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + K.
To refresh a web page in Microsoft Edge, click or tap on the corresponding button next to the address bar. If you’re a fan of the keyboard, you can press the F5 key (or Fn + F5 on some devices) or use the shortcut Ctrl + R for the same result.
You can also right-click or press-and-hold on any tab or inside the window to open a contextual menu and then click or tap Refresh.
NOTE: Unfortunately, the Edge Refresh all tabs option is gone, but you can select all your tabs, as shown in the third chapter, before following the instructions in this section.
Some tabs start playing audio or video as soon as you open them. If you are having trouble finding the webpage that’s making noise, look for a speaker icon shown on that tab.
There is more than one way to mute a tab. The easiest is to click or tap on the speaker icon. You can also right-click or press-and-hold on a tab and select the Mute tab. Alternatively, you can open that tab and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + M.
The tab is immediately muted, as shown by the speaker icon. Press it again to unmute the tab.
Did you ever have so many tabs open that you can’t see the ones you need any more? Vertical tabs are a new feature that ensures you get a better overview of your open tabs by displaying them on the left side of the Microsoft Edge window. Even if they take some getting used to, vertical tabs are ideal on wide monitors. However, they’re also great for other displays since most websites (ours included) don’t fill the width of your screen with content. To enable the feature, click or tap on the “Turn on vertical tabs” button in the upper-left corner of the Edge window.
This opens all your tabs in a sidebar on the left. If you need more screen real estate, you can press the Collapse pane arrow.
The pane is minimized to a narrow strip that only displays icons for different websites. As you can see in the image below, that doesn’t help much, especially if the open tabs belong to the same website. 🙂
Luckily, hovering over the bar expands it briefly, and you can click or tap on Pin pane to return it to its original state.
If you want to go back to the regular tab setup, click or tap on “Turn off vertical tabs.”
The Collections feature replaces the old method of setting tabs aside in Microsoft Edge. You can use the Edge Collections to organize your ideas and synchronize tabs across devices.
There are more ways to add a website to the Microsoft Edge Favorites bar. In the address bar, you can click or tap on the “Add this page to favorites” button, which looks like a star next to a plus sign) or press Ctrl + D on your keyboard.
In the pop-up window, rename the new favorite, change its folder, and press Done.
You can also add all your open tabs to Favorites by right-clicking or pressing-and-holding on any tab to open a contextual menu and then clicking or tapping on “Add all tabs to favorites.”
Another option is to right-click or press-and-hold on the toolbar and then click or tap on “Add open pages to favorites.” Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + D to add tabs to Favorites.
You can then choose where you want to save the open tabs and even create a New folder to group them. Click or tap on Save when you are done.
The straightforward way to close a tab in Microsoft Edge is to click or tap the X button shown in that tab. If you prefer the keyboard, you can also use the Edge close tab shortcut: Ctrl + W.
Alternatively, you can also right-click or press-and-hold on a tab and then click or tap on Close tab.
There are also several options to close multiple tabs simultaneously in Microsoft Edge. To close all tabs except one, right-click or press-and-hold the tab you want to keep, and then choose “Close other tabs.”
If you open several tabs looking for something and you found what you want, you can also decide to close all tabs to the right of a particular tab. Right-click or press-and-hold on a tab and click or tap on “Close tabs to the right.”
Microsoft Edge is working hard to become one of the best web browsers on the market, which works to our advantage. The vertical tabs and the Collections are the features we like the most, making Edge a fantastic asset, especially when we research certain subjects. What do you think? Do you find it easy to do work with tabs in Microsoft Edge? What features do you like? Let us know in the comments section.