Using Browser Tabs

Whichever web browser you use on a day to day basis, you will probably have used the tab functionality to open multiple sites at the same time. It’s really useful functionality and lets you switch from one site to another quickly and easily.

Horizontal browser tabs in Google Chrome.

There is one slight downside to this. Because the screens that computers (laptops or desktop PCs) use are all rectangular in shape, the tabs are using up some of the vertical screen space which is the smaller dimension of the screen. This means that the useful vertical space of a browser window is reduced slightly when you use tabs.

Vertical Tabs in Edge Browser

To help make better use of the available screen space, the Microsoft Edge browser has come up with a clever bit of functionality. You can move browser tabs from being displayed horizontally to being displayed vertically.

Vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge.

This means the amount of vertical space available in the browser window stays the same and only the horizontal screen space is reduced. You can even reduce this so that only the icons are displayed for each tab. This means the reduction in screen size is even more minimal.

Minimised vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge.

To use this functionality in the Edge browser, open multiple tabs as normal and then click on this icon that is displayed in the top left-hand corner of the browser window.

The vertical tabs icon.

In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the line “Turn on vertical tabs”.

Link to turn on vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge.

The drop-down menu will close and all the horizontally displayed tabs will be moved to a vertical bar on the left-hand side of the browser window.

Vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge.

To reduce the amount of space that the vertical tabs are using, click on this left pointing arrow

The vertical tabs minimise button.

and the vertical tabs will be reduced to just show their individual icons.

Minimised vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge.

You now have multiple tabs available in the Edge browser and are losing only a minimum amount of screen space.

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