This guide shows you how to stop the Microsoft Edge browser tabs from appearing in the Alt + Tab menu in Windows 11 and 10.
With each upgrade, Microsoft introduces numerous new features to the Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems. Some updates are new features, while others are tweaks to existing ones. One such change is displaying open Edge tabs in the Alt + Tab menu.
As you may already be aware, practically every Windows user uses the Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut to switch or move between open windows swiftly. Using the Alt + Tab shortcut is significantly easier and more intuitive than clicking on taskbar icons.
Because Windows can now display Edge tabs in the Alt + Tab menu, users can quickly move between open tabs. However, you can also use the Ctrl + Tab shortcut to move or switch between browser tabs. As a result, adding Edge tabs to the Alt + Tab option is superfluous. After all, it can be confusing or difficult to move between open windows.
Simply told, not everyone will appreciate this function. If you agree, you can use the settings app to prevent Edge tabs from appearing in the Alt + Tab menu. Though the option is difficult to find, it is simple to configure.
So, without further ado, let me walk you through the process of disabling or removing Edge tabs from the Alt + Tab menu in Windows 11 and 10.
The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.
Stop Edge tabs from appearing in the Alt + Tab menu
Alt + Tab is a multitasking option. As such, you can modify its behavior from the Windows Settings app. Here is how to find and change the option to remove Microsoft Edge tabs from appearing in the Alt + Tab menu.
- Open the Settings app.
- Select “System.”
- Go to the “Multitasking” page.
- Select “Don’t show tabs” from the “Show Microsoft Edge tabs when snapping or pressing Alt + Tab” dropdown.
- Close the Settings app.
- (optional) Reboot Windows.
- With that, Edge tabs no longer appear in the Alt + Tab menu.
Steps with more details:
Launch the Windows Settings application. Press “Start + I” or open the Start menu and click the Settings icon. You can also use the Start menu to search for “Settings.”
After opening the Settings app, select “System.” This page displays all of the system options.
On the left panel, locate and select the “Multitasking” option.
Select the following option from the “Show Microsoft Edge tabs when snapping or pressing Alt + Tab” dropdown.
- Windows 10 users: Open Windows only.
- Windows 11 users: Don’t show tabs.
If you want to limit the number of Edge tabs appearing in the Alt + Tab menu, choose the “5 most recent tabs” or “3 most recent tabs” option from the dropdown menu.
When you change an option, the changes are automatically saved.
Close the Settings application.
Microsoft Edge tabs will no longer be visible in the Alt + Tabs menu in Windows 11 and 10. The change above may necessitate a system restart in some cases. If that’s the case, save your work and reboot the computer to apply all the modifications fully.
That is all. It is that simple to stop Microsoft Edge tabs from appearing in the Alt + Tab menu.
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