Update your Edge Chromium browser today and you’ll get a funny little message asking if you’d like to enable the browser’s new vertical tabs feature. As someone who always likes to try new things, I decided to follow my browser’s suggestion.
This, of course, gave me a rather monstrous list of tabs on the left side of my browser. (If I I really need to order(This is just a small part of the list that fills all the vertical space on my 1440p screen.)
You will notice that all my Reddit links got mixed up. That’s intentional – I’ve been looking for ways to make the vertical tab bar a bit more manageable.since now it feels more like an outline than a wasteland of tabs that lives on top of my browser, and I’ve stumbled across a few tricks tor consider if you are doing a test drive the new interface.
Before you begin, know that the default look of your sidebar doesn’t have to be permanent. Click on the little “<" arrow in the upper right corner of the tab bar to collapse everything in a series of icons. Hover over them and your tabs will expand. I confess, I don’t find this to be the most useful setting for productivity, but at least it makes my browser look super clean.
As for organizational tricks, I recommend entering edge: // flags in the address bar of your browser and enabling three different flags:
- # edge-tab-groups: It allows users to organize tabs into visually distinct groups, for example to separate tabs associated with different tasks.
- # edge-tab-groups-auto-create: Automatically create groups for users, if tab groups are enabled.
- # edge-tab-groups-collapse: Allows a group of tabs to be collapsed and expanded, if groups of tabs are enabled.
These will do nothing for the tabs you already have open, but will be put the new tabs you create from the same domain into a handy group of tabs that you can collapse and expand at will. While you will still be able to clutter up the tab bar, at least grouping the tabs will help you manage it a little better.
Another approach you can take, either overriding or in addition to the “groups” function, is to use an extension to organize your list of open tabs. I like it Tab organizer, which automatically sorts all your tabs by URL. The extension will automatically sort your tabs every time you press a keyboard hotkey, but I find it more useful set it to sort automatically time-lapse tabs. Out of sight, out of mind.
Finally, there are two more browser flags that you can enable for fun, not because they help you keep your tabs organized. Lift up edge: // flags / one more time and turn on:
- # tab-hover-cards: Allows a popup containing tab information to be visible when hovering over a tab. This will replace the tooltip with tabs.
- # tab-hover-card-images: Displays a preview image on tab floating cards, if tab floating cards are enabled.
Now when you float hover your mouse over any of your tabs on your vertical bar, you will get a beautiful Pop-up window that gives you the full title of the site and a preview of the image:
All that said, I’m still waiting for the biggest change of all: a way to resize the vertical tab bar so I can see a little bit more of a site’s name. default. This it was possible when Microsoft was testing the feature in beta versions of Edge Chromium, so hopefully it will return at some point..