Enable Tab Search Feature in Microsoft Edge

How to enable Tab Search in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is constantly improving tab management in the Edge browser. Following the scrollable Tab Strip feature, the Edge devs have enabled the new Tab Search feature that allows you to quickly find an open tab in the current browser window.


Currently, when you open multiple tabs, their width will reduce until you can only see the icon. Further opening tabs will make the icon disappear too. This makes it hard to quickly go to a specific tab. In addition to the tab group feature, the new Tab Search feature can help in this situation.

Tab Search Flyout In Microsoft Edge

Tab Search feature will display a flyout in the Edge tab strip that allows you to search over your currently open tabs. It is really useful when you need to quickly find a specific tab among the bunch of active tabs opened in your Edge session. This is directly inherited from Google Chrome, which has recently received the similar Tab Search option.

This post will show you how to enable the Tab Search feature in Microsoft Edge.

To Enable Tab Search Feature in Microsoft Edge

  1. Close the Edge browser if you have it open.
  2. Right-click on its shortcut, e.g. on Desktop, or on other shortcut you have.
  3. Select Properties from the right-click context menu.
  4. In Properties, modify the Target text field by adding the following argument:  --enable-features=TabSearch. Perpend it with a space, e.g. first add a space after msedge.exe to get something like this: "msedge.exe" --enable-features=TabSearch.Enable Tab Search In Microsoft Edge
  5. Click on Apply and OK.
  6. Launch Edge with the modified shortcut.

You are done. You just enabled the Tab Search Feature in Microsoft Edge.

Tab Search Feature In Microsoft Edge
The Tab Search feature enabled in Microsoft Edge

Here is how to use the Tab Search option.

How to use the Tab Search feature in Microsoft Edge

After you launch the browser with the modified shortcut, you will find a new tab strip button with down arrow. By clicking on it you will open a search pop-up from where you can type and search for a tab by its title or URL.

Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Shift + A keyboard shortcut to open the search flyout.

So, to use the Tab Search feature in Microsoft Edge, do the following.

  1. Click on the button with a drop down arrow in the address bar.
  2. Alternatively, press the Ctrl + Shift + A  shortcut keys.
  3. In the tab search flyout, enter the title or URL of a tab you want to find.
  4. Once the tab will appear in the search result, click on it to directly open it.Tab Search Flyout In Microsoft Edge
  5. Finally, there is a cross button (x) that appears when you hover over the tab in the list. Clicking on it will close the tab.Tab Search Close Tab Button In Microsoft Edge
  6. To close the Search Tab flyout, press the Esc button.


The ability to search for a tab is a nice addition to your browser and can save you time. It adds a great option to quickly jump to any open tab, as long as you remember its name. This is especially useful for users who are fast typing and often use keyboard shortcuts.

At the moment of this writing, the Tab search feature is available in the Dev version of Edge. It will soon hit the stable version of the Edge browser.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Enable Tab Search Feature in Microsoft Edge”

  1. (a) does not work
    (b) what is this Linux? A steam train? Would you just like us to reprogram windows?
    MS really is a shirt show..

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