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How to Use Tab Preview in Microsoft Edge

Updated on April 5, 2017
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

As part of the Creator's Update for Windows, rolled out publicly by Microsoft in April 2017, users will be able to see a quick preview of any website they have open in a tab without having to open that tab. Users can choose to see a preview for the site in a particular tab, or they can preview thumbnails for all sites they have open in a tab at one time. Additionally, you can sweep all of the tabs you currently have open into a separate section where you can see them later so you can work from a clean slate in your Edge browser.

Microsoft released the Edge browser in August 2016.
Microsoft released the Edge browser in August 2016. | Source

How to Use Edge Tab Previews

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your Windows computer.
  2. Click inside of the address bar at the top of the Web browser, and then navigate to any website you want to visit. At the top of the browser window, you'll see an icon, the name of the site you're visiting, and potentially a brief summary of the site within the tab along the top edge of the screen.
  3. Click the "+" icon two times to create two tabs. Navigate to a different website in each of the tabs. You should now have three tabs associated with three different websites.
  4. Press the down-pointing arrow that appears to the right of the plus sign. The tab box will expand and push the part of the browser that's displaying the current site down roughly two inches. Each of the three tabs along the top of the screen will expand into a small window showing the content on the last page you visited at each of the sites.
  5. Click any one of the tabs to bring that content up in the main viewer on the lower half of your browser window.
  6. Right-click any one of the tabs to bring up a context menu.
  7. Click "Close Tab" to close any of the individual tabs.
  8. Click "Reopen Closed Tab." This will open the last tab you closed.
  9. Click "Close Other Tabs" to close all other open tabs and only keep open the tab you right-clicked.
  10. Click "Close Tabs to the Right" to only close tabs to the right of the tab you right-clicked.
  11. Click "Refresh All" to refresh the image representing each of the tabs to reflect what's currently on that page.
  12. Click "Duplicate" to create a copy of the tab you right-clicked.
  13. Click "Move to New Window" to open the site you right-clicked in its own Microsoft Edge browser window.
  14. Click "Pin" to pin that particular tab to your browser so it will be there every time you open a new browser session.
  15. Click the upward-pointing arrow to the right of the plus sign that appears to the right of your open tabs to minimize the previews for each tab.
  16. Alternatively, if you'd rather not move your primary window down and you just want to see the preview screen for one particular tab, hover the mouse pointer over the tab you want to see a preview for, and the preview screen will appear after a few seconds.

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Click the "+" icon next to the right-most tab to add additional new tabs.Click the down-pointing arrow next to the "+" icon to show the preview screen for each tab.Right-click any of the tab previews to bring up a context menu with additional options for the tab previews.Hold your cursor over any of the tabs when they are minimized to display the preview for that particular tab.
Click the "+" icon next to the right-most tab to add additional new tabs.
Click the "+" icon next to the right-most tab to add additional new tabs. | Source
Click the down-pointing arrow next to the "+" icon to show the preview screen for each tab.
Click the down-pointing arrow next to the "+" icon to show the preview screen for each tab. | Source
Right-click any of the tab previews to bring up a context menu with additional options for the tab previews.
Right-click any of the tab previews to bring up a context menu with additional options for the tab previews. | Source
Hold your cursor over any of the tabs when they are minimized to display the preview for that particular tab.
Hold your cursor over any of the tabs when they are minimized to display the preview for that particular tab. | Source

How to Set Aside Tabs

  1. Click the "Set These Tabs Aside" icon to the far left of the tab names at the top of the Microsoft Edge browser window. This icon looks like a folder with a left-pointing arrow on it. Clicking this icon takes all of the tabs you currently have open, removes them from the browser window, and puts them into a Tabs You've Set Aside area that you can access at any time later on. Doing this effectively gives you a clean slate in the browser to work with. Each time you opt to set tabs aside, those tabs get placed in groups in the Tabs You've Set Aside section.
  2. Click the "Tabs You've Set Aside" icon, which looks like two folders. You can see each group of tabs you've previously set aside.
  3. Hold your cursor over any single tab in a particular tab you want to delete to bring up an "X" in the lower-right corner of that tab. Click the "X" to instantly remove the tab.
  4. Click the "X" on the far right side of any group to remove the entire group.
  5. Click "Restore Tabs" to the right of any group to restore the tabs in that group to your current browser window.
  6. Click anywhere outside of the Tabs You've Set Aside window to close it.

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The Set These Tabs Aside icon looks like a folder with a left-pointing arrow.The Tabs You've Set Aside window shows the groups of tabs you've set aside.Move your cursor over any tab preview to bring up a red "X" in the lower-right corner of that preview, which you can click to remove that particular tab from that group.
The Set These Tabs Aside icon looks like a folder with a left-pointing arrow.
The Set These Tabs Aside icon looks like a folder with a left-pointing arrow. | Source
The Tabs You've Set Aside window shows the groups of tabs you've set aside.
The Tabs You've Set Aside window shows the groups of tabs you've set aside. | Source
Move your cursor over any tab preview to bring up a red "X" in the lower-right corner of that preview, which you can click to remove that particular tab from that group.
Move your cursor over any tab preview to bring up a red "X" in the lower-right corner of that preview, which you can click to remove that particular tab from that group. | Source

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