There are two types of individuals in the world: those who keep their tabs tidy and those who drown in a sea of miniscule slivers on their computer. Actually, that’s not true. I’ve never encountered somebody that keeps their tabs organised. I don’t think so. Oh, believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve experimented with numerous tab grouping approaches over the years. I’ve tried horizontal tabs with two layers.
I’ve tried a few extensions that let you search for and close tabs quickly. Vertical tabs, the topic of this piece, are something I’ve tried before in various incarnations. But I’ve always reverted to the default tab layout masochistically. After that, Microsoft Edge introduced Vertical tabs. Yes, I’m one of those oddballs who prefers to use Edge as their primary browser. I switched from Chrome to Firefox nearly by mistake a time back.
I made Edge my main browser to check out some new features, and I’ve never felt the need to go back because it does much the same thing but runs a little faster and lasts longer. But it was Edge’s use of Vertical tabs that convinced me I couldn’t go back, at least until Chrome offered something similar.
Vertical tabs, when compressed, provide all of the functionality of ordinary tabs while taking up less space and making it easier to sift among 11,000 pages. It’s straightforward enough. Your tabs are sorted after you click the tabs button in the upper left corner. By default, they take up a large portion of the left side of your screen, but tapping the small arrow at the top of the list shrinks the tabs to just the width of the favicons. When you hover your mouse over the icons, you’ll see your full list of tabs, which you can navigate Vertical and interact with normally.