Microsoft is adding its own Tab Search feature to Edge

As you may remember, both Google and Microsoft include a Tab Search feature that allow finding the required tab by its name or URL. Both browsers use the implementation of the underlying Chromium project. Microsoft recently replaced most "Chromium" interface solutions with its own, modern flyouts, and the same is happening to the Tab Search.


Recent builds of Microsoft Edge include a new user interface for Downloads, Collections, History, and Favorites. Microsoft has recently updated those with the ability to be pinned to the right side of the window, search, and other extra options. All the flyouts have received a modern look.

Edge Pin Favorites Bar

The New Downloads Flyout In Edge

We have already covered that these new interface changes can be enabled or disabled with the special command line arguments. For example, you can force enable the Download flyout with the following command:

msedge.exe --enable-features=msDownloadsHub

The other flyouts also have they respective options which you can combine:


Do note that in the above command, only the TabSearch option doesn't include the ms prefix. It enables the Tab Search option in Edge.

Tab Search Flyout In Microsoft Edge

As you can see, it is similar to what Chrome has.

Microsoft must be not happy with this UI, so they started working on a new UI for the Tab Search feature.  While we are not able to preview it yet, we can clearly imagine how it will look. It will definitely fit the appearance of other drop-down menus Edge now has.

Finally, the company has renamed the command line argument from TabSearch to msTabSearch in the latest Canary build. This also indicates that Microsoft will permanently enable this useful option in the browser.

It is not known yet when it will come to the public. But from the previous development progress, we can predict that it is a matter of a few weeks.

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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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