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I tried vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge, and now I can’t go back to Chrome

todayAugust 5, 2021

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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who keep their tabs neat and tidy and those who drown in an endless sea of microscopic slivers atop their browser. Actually, scratch that. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who keeps their tabs tidy. I certainly don’t.

Oh, I’ve tried. Over the years I’ve various tab grouping methods. I’ve tried double-layer horizontal tabs. I’ve tried various extensions that allow you to quickly search for and close tabs. I’ve even given vertical tabs, the subject of this post, a try in various iterations before.

But inevitably I’ve always masochistically reverted to the default tab layout. Dedicating a few brain cells to actually organizing tabs into groups seems to annoy me just as much as the actual agglomeration of tabs. And other tab layout alternatives wasted too much space.

Then Microsoft Edge added vertical tabs.

Yes, I’m one of those weirdos that use Edge as their main browser. I made the switch from Chrome a while back, almost by accident. I set Edge as my default browser to try out some new features, and never felt the need to switch back since it does basically all the same stuff but runs a little smoother and gets better battery life.

But it was Edge’s implementation of vertical tabs that really meant I wasn’t going back, at least not without Chrome offered something similar.