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Exclude Apps from Sets of Tabs in Windows 10

Recent versions of Windows 10 include an implementation of the Tabbed Shell, known as Sets. When enabled, Sets allows app grouping exactly like tabs in a browser. The user can combine windows from different apps in a tabbed view. It is possible to exclude certain apps from sets of tabs.

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The main idea behind Sets is to provide the user a way to organize your workspace efficiently: your opened web sites in a browser, documents in a word processor - every app connected with a single task can be grouped together in a single window.

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Also, using Sets you can open folders in tabs in File Explorer without using third-party tools. See the following article.

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By default, all apps can be combined in Tabs. However, you can add or remove specific apps to a special list, so they won't be included in sets of tabs.

To exclude apps from sets of tabs in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to System - Multitasking.
  3. On the right, go to the section Apps added to this list can't be included in sets of tabs.
  4. Click on the button Add an app.Sets In Settings 17639
  5. In the next dialog, select an app you don't want to be included in sets of tabs.Disable Sets Of Tabs For An App In Window 10

You are done.

Note: If you add File Explorer to the list mentioned above, the command "Open in a new tab" will open a new window of File Explorer until the app is removed from the list.

To remove an app from Sets exceptions,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to System - Multitasking.
  3. On the right, select the desired app under Apps added to this list can't be included in sets of tabs.
  4. Click on the remove button.Remove An App From Tabs Exclusions Window 10

That's it!

Note: The final version of the Sets feature may come with Windows 10 Redstone 5. This could change if Microsoft prioritizes the Sets feature to ship with Redstone 4 but as of this writing, that does not seem to be the case. Also, the name for Sets may change in the final release.

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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.

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