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You will soon be able to close tabs in Microsoft Edge with a double-click

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Microsoft Edge is getting another update in the Canary Channel and it comes with a few new additions, including a new feature that lets you close Microsoft Edge tabs with a double click.

For those who don’t know, Edge Canary is a raw and unfinished browser compared to the stable, beta and dev versions. The experience in Canary is generally a bit bumpy compared to the stable version of the browser you’ve used before. Bugs and features can pop up at any time, and one of the new additions is the ability to close a tab with a double tap.

Microsoft has made several changes to the tab management in the browser to make it faster, easier to use and manage. You can now use gestures to manage the tabs in Edge. The first gesture, which works on both desktop and tablet, lets you close a tab by double tapping.

This feature is being rolled out as part of ‘accessibility improvements’ and must be manually enabled through Settings:

  • Navigate through settings.
  • Go to the Accessibility tab.
    Double-click tab in Microsoft Edge
  • Enable the “Double click to close browser tabs” button.

When you’re done, you can double-click any tab to close it. Or you can also use the existing keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + W to close tabs.

Over the years, Microsoft has slowly refined Edge’s tab management so that you can manage tabs in the left sidebar while also browsing the web.

It’s worth noting that such a feature can suddenly disappear without warning or be delayed. For example, Microsoft Edge was supposed to get the Workspaces feature (a new way to organize tabs) last year, but the feature later disappeared and no announcement about its comeback has been made.

In short, Edge Canary is a work in progress. It is updated almost daily with fixes and features and it is not guaranteed to be stable.

Microsoft automatically hides the forward button in Edge

Microsoft is also experimenting with a new change that hides the “forward” button to reduce the clutter in the address bar. The position of the refresh and home buttons also changes when the browser automatically hides the forward button.

Auto hide edge forward button

There is no notification or an option to simply disable it, but you can use the command line code below to disable the experiment:

--disable-features=msEdgeForwardButtonOnlyShowWhenEnabled

One of the latest updates also enabled rounded corners and more Windows 11 Mica effect for the browser.

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