Add or Remove Vertical Tabs Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

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How to Add or Remove Vertical Tabs Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Recently, Microsoft has added the vertical tabs option to the Edge browser. It is an alternative layout of the tab row, where the tabs are arranged vertically. There is also an option to collapse the tab bar, so tabs turn into website icons. For users who prefer the classic horizontal tab row, Microsoft has added the option to remove the vertical tabs button to save the space.

The vertical tabs change is one of the most exciting additions to the Edge user interface. Most Chromium-based browsers do not allow customizing the tab row. The only browser that allows you to place tabs on any desired edge of the browser window is Vivaldi. Firefox used to have such an option, but this is no longer possible with its modern versions, due to the radical changes internally made to the user interface of Firefox.

Update: In recent Edge builds, Microsoft is replacing the Vertical Tabs button with a new one, "Tab Actions". You can add or remove it similar to the below steps. Check out: How to Add or Remove Tab Actions Button in Microsoft Edge

The latest update to the Microsoft Edge Canary browser introduces the ability to get rid of the vertical tabs button from the tab row.

To Add or Remove Vertical Tabs Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge,

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click on the Settings button (Alt + F) and select Settings from the menu.
  3. On the left, click on Appearance.
  4. On the right side, turn on or off the Show vertical tabs button for what you want.

You are done.

Note that you can quickly remove the button right from the tab row. When the vertical tabs feature is disabled, and you have tabs arranged horizontally, right-click on the vertical tabs button, and select Hide from toolbar from the context menu.

Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium-based browser with a number of exclusive features like Read Aloud and services tied to Microsoft instead of Google. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium and Edge Chromium latest roadmap. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, upcoming Linux and mobile apps on iOS and Android. Windows 7 users will receive updates until July 15, 2021.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

6 thoughts on “Add or Remove Vertical Tabs Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge”

    1. It only works when the tab row is set to the horizontal tabs. With vertical tabs, the button remains visible regardless of the setting.

      1. It works you with the horizontal tab layout. Make tabs horizontal first, then enable/disable the option. You will see the difference.

  1. Vertical tab option is not available in Stable version of the Chromium Edge which I currently using now. :(

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