Microsoft is experimenting with the Close tab button in Edge

To create a better user experience, Microsoft is still experimenting with the Close Tab button position for vertical tabs. Currently, it appears on right for both horizontal and vertical tabs. But for some Canary insiders, it now appears on the left in vertical tabs mode. Also, it may remain always visible when the tab pane is unpinned.


Close button on the left for vertical tabs in Edge

Close Button On The Left For Vertical Tabs In Edge

Microsoft Edge has recently got a design change in the layout of the browser's vertical tabs. The close button for each tab has been moved from the right side to the left side, making it easier for users to close tabs without having to move their cursor as far.

This is how it works in Edge Canary.

This change is part of Microsoft's ongoing effort to enhance user experience and make Edge more user-friendly, known as the Phoenix project. The update is available in the latest Canary version of Edge and can be accessed by enabling vertical tabs. However, it appears to be a gradual roll-out. None of my devices see the change.

Always visible Close tab button

Another improvement, again for vertical tabs, is the permanently visible close tab button in the collapsed mode. If you unpin the tab pane, the button remains visible all the time when the pane is not in the focus.

Always Visible Close Button

The following video shows the change in action.

It is not yet known if Microsoft is going to make these changes enter the stable branch of the browser. Perhaps the company is collecting feedback from Insiders to see if they welcome the new UI or not.

Thanks to @Leopeva64 for sharing their findings.

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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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