Microsoft Edge is finally getting vertical tabs, a feature that was promised a year ago. Announced Thursday, the rollout also includes a History feature thatís a cut-down version of a function available in older versions of the Edge browser.

The vertical tabs feature isnít exclusive to Edge, but itís not widespread yet either. Opera added them to its Neon browser in 2017, and theyíve been a feature of the Vivaldi browser since about that time as well. Chrome plug-ins also allow you to arrange your tabs vertically. Still, itís a fairly profound revamp for Microsoftís venerable browser, and itís now generally available, Microsoft said.

To enable vertical tabs, navigate up to the top left-hand corner of your browser window, where youíll find a new icon that will shift your tabs into a vertical column. Youíll still see a familiar tab experience, with tabs and their index icons stacked one on top of the other. The vertical column allows more information about each tab to be displayed, such as the page title, at the cost of fewer tab icons available to see on the page versus the traditional, horizontal tab layout.

Microsoft is also adjusting the Edge History function of being able to view the sites youíve recently browsed. In earlier versions of Edge, some of that history was available within the current browser window itself. In recent versions of Edge, History is confined to a new tab window, the same as in Google Chrome. Microsoft is now bringing that back into the browser, via the ellipsis (three-dot) menu in the upper right-hand corner. Click it, scroll down to History, and youíll be able to browse the last dozen or so sites youíve visited recently. That same menu will open via the CTRL-H shortcut, too, Microsoft says.

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