Microsoft doesn’t want Edge users to wallow in despair when
they close their tabs by mistake. Currently, if you
accidentally press Alt + F4 keyboard shortcut or tap on the
exit button of the window, Microsoft Edge or Chrome will simply
exit without any warning.
Unwanted browser exit sucks, especially when you’ve several
important browsing sessions open. Fortunately, Microsoft is now
working on a solution to protect you from any unwanted
According to experimental flags found in Canary builds, you can
soon enable tab protection in Microsoft Edge so you can catch
your mistake before Windows or macOS closes the browser.
Basically, you just need to go to the Microsoft Edge settings
and enable the ‘Ask before closing multiple tabs’ option, as
shown in the screenshot below.
Once enabled, Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 and macOS will
display a pop-up warning when you try to close multiple active
There’ll be two options – “Close all” to exit the browser and
“Cancel” to keep using the browser. You can also select “Don’t
ask me again” in the pop-up to disable this feature without
opening the Settings page of Edge.
Microsoft Edge’s solution is elegant, and it won’t warn you
when you only have a single tab open. The warning shows up only
when you have multiple tabs open, but in future, it would be
possible to always provide an alert if you try to quit.
If you want to test the feature right now, install Edge Canary
and enable the experimental flag labelled as “Ask before
closing multiple tabs”.
This feature is expected to arrive in the stable builds of
Microsoft Edge early next year and it will save you a bunch of
time if you’re prone to mistakenly closing your tabs.
Microsoft is also working on a new accent theme for Edge,
improvements for the Android version, faster startup time, and