Microsoft Edge update to improve vertical and sleeping tabs

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge has gotten very popular since its
debut last year and as it continues to gain popularity in the
browser market, new features and customization options are
being added with almost every update.

Earlier this year, Microsoft Edge was updated with vertical
tabs, which ditches the traditional tab strip that all browsers
use. For vertical tabs, Microsoft added a button that allows
users to access the vertical tab UI and switch between the two
layouts, but there’s a catch – you cannot change the size of
the layout.

With the next update, Microsoft will address some of the
shortcomings of both vertical tabs and sleeping tabs.

For example, Microsoft appears to be adding support for
‘resizable vertical tabs’. In the beta builds, you can now
hover over the panel to expand it and use the cursor to resize
the panel. To change its size, you need to click and drag the
panel.

This new experimental feature is still being developed, but you
can test it today by downloading the Canary, Dev or Beta
builds.

Hide the browser title bar with vertical tabs

It also appears that users can soon hide the title bar when
they’re using Microsoft Edge in vertical tabs layout, as shown
in the screenshot below.

Microsoft Edge vertical tabs

Sleeping tabs is getting better

With
Edge version 89, Microsoft also enabled the sleeping tabs
feature, which has been designed to reduce the memory usage
when you have tons of tabs open while working. If a tab is
inactive for a couple of hours, Microsoft Edge will put the
tabs to sleep and you’ll notice it when the tab looks dim or
faded.

If you hover over faded tabs, you will see the “tab is
sleeping” alert and if you click it, the tab reloads the
webpage without data loss.

For those who hate faded tabs, Microsoft is testing a new
experimental flag that will allow you to turn off the animation
without disabling the sleeping tabs feature.

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