Vertical navigation

Microsoft Edge gets vertical tabs navigation experience

Here's a closer look at the vertical tabs navigation on Microsoft Edge. It's different, but it looks like a good idea.

Microsoft Edge vertical tabs

Microsoft is building a vertical tabs navigation experience into its Chromium version of Microsoft Edge, and it’s almost ready as the new feature is now also available in the Beta Channel for some users. The new vertical navigation allows users to stack tabs at the left side, instead of having a long list of tabs at the top of the browser.

According to the company, vertical tabs makes it easy to shift your tabs view to the side allowing you to easily see the titles and access controls, such as mute and close. In addition, it makes it easy to reorder your tabs.

After the vertical tabs navigation becomes available on Microsoft Edge, you’ll notice a new button at the top-left corner of the browser. You can click the button to enable vertical tabs on the side.

MIcrosoft Edge vertical tabs button
MIcrosoft Edge vertical tabs button

Once the feature is enabled, a collapsed pane will appear on the left side with all your current open tabs showing as buttons.

MIcrosoft Edge vertical tabs collapsed
MIcrosoft Edge vertical tabs collapsed

You can hover over the pane to expand the view and find the tab you want to switch. If you move the mouse away, the pane will collapse automatically.

MIcrosoft Edge vertical tabs expanded
MIcrosoft Edge vertical tabs expanded

If you prefer to keep the pane open, you can click the pin button at the top-right of the pane.

While the new navigation mode may look a little different at first, it’s a good idea and especially ideal on laptops and displays using a 16:9 aspect ratio as most websites have a more rectangular view rather than a stretch view.

Vertical tabs for Microsoft Edge is now available in the Beta and Canary Channel and only to a select group of Insiders. If you want to enable vertical tabs on Microsoft Edge, there’s not a set of steps because the company is testing it out in a controlled feature rollout, but you may be able to get it (but not guaranteed) if you’re running the latest preview of Windows 10 in the Dev Channel and installing either the Beta Channel or Canary Channel build of Microsoft Edge.