Microsoft informed us a few months ago about the upcoming introduction of a vertical tab option in its Edge browser. It’s been a little quiet on this front since then, but it’s now possible to change the organization of your tabs.
According to Microsoft, the vertical alignment of tabs can help improve work efficiency, but there are also aesthetic benefits that many people appreciate. A main advantage of the vertical arrangement is that it is easier to manage a large number of tabs at the same time and does not face the problem of shrinking tabs when hiding labels.
The arrival of vertical tabs is the first time that such an option is available in a mainstream browser. Sure, there is a comparable option in the chrome-based Vivaldi, but this is a far cry from a widely used mainstream app.
The vertical arrangement of tabs makes much more use of the extra horizontal space that we all now enjoy thanks to the proliferation of widescreen or ultra-widescreen monitors. It makes it much easier to identify tabs at a glance without having to rely on favorites to find out which site a tab refers to.
A new vertical
While Microsoft has started to give edge users access to vertical tabs, this will not be immediately available to everyone. In fact, you need to run the Canarian build of Microsoft Edge, which you can download here.
If the correct version of the browser is installed, you will need to do the following to enable a hidden experimental setting that enables vertical tabs:
- Start Edge Canary and visit Edge: // flags
- Search for the word shy and use the dropdown menus to enable that Activate the full screen drop-down list and Activate Swipe to ShyUI Options
- Restart Edge