Sets is a new feature coming in the Windows 10 Redstone 4 update, and it’ll let users group apps and sites in tabs, just the the browser.
Microsoft unveils a new feature for Windows 10 currently known as “Sets,” which will allow users to group apps along with websites into tabs, just like when using your web browser.
For example, if you’re working on a Word documents, and you need to include content located on another file, instead of opening apps separately, you can now create a new tab, and open the file with its native app on a tab within the same window. In addition, if you click a link within the document, instead of opening Microsoft Edge, the link will open the website using the browser experience, but in the same group of tabs.
As you can see, Sets allows you to stay more organized and work more efficiently on a project by keeping all related things together on a set of tabs. The best part is that if you’re signed in with your Microsoft account, you can always pick the same group of tabs where you left off on another device connected to your account.
The new tab page is virtually identical to a new tab using Microsoft Edge. The difference is that the search box will surface results from your computer, cloud services, and on the web.
Instead of the most recent sites, in the new Sets tab experience, you’ll find your more recent applications. You can also scroll down and access your feed of documents, but it appears that you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to see that.
Tabs for apps is a new feature expected to arrive with the release of Windows 10 version 1803 (Redstone 4). However, Microsoft notes that it’ll start testing this new feature soon with participants of the Windows Insider Program (but not every Insider will get this feature right away). Also, Sets is the temporary name, as the company is still brainstorming a final name for this new feature.
Initially, the feature will only be available for Microsoft Store apps, but it appears that the company is planning to expand the functionality to traditional desktop applications, including File Explorer. An update for Office is in the works to brings support for tabs some time next year.
Alongside the announcement of Sets, Microsoft has also said that soon, it’ll start testing Timeline, a new experience that lets you to go back in time to continue working on documents, apps, and websites you’re working previously.
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Way back in 2018, Microsoft announced a new Windows 10 feature called ‘Sets’ to blur the line between desktop apps and web pages. Sets are essentially tabs for File Explorer, Office, and every other app in Windows 10, so you could quickly open multiple apps in the same window.
The idea behind Sets was incredibly simple—organizing your work. With Sets, Windows 10 could provide users with the ability to organize their apps, documents, web browsing session, and tasks into one tabbed window.
In any version of Windows, you can only open one app within a window (the container), but Sets was set to add tabs into such window containers.
Sets would have allowed users to group apps, websites, and other information in tabs. For example, Sets would have allowed users to open multiple tabs of File Explorer in the same window, so you could quickly find and compare a file. You could also add Notepad to the File Explorer tab and jot down the information.
Windows 10 Sets feature was supposed to debut in 2018, but Microsoft reportedly stopped developing the feature as it was generally not well understood by testers.
If you thought tabs could now only be found in browsers, Windows Terminal, and third-party applications, think again. In Windows 10 v19577 SDK, the references to tabs are back and it looks like Microsoft is still working on Sets, or on a similar feature for some apps on Windows where it would make more sense.
The SDK includes references to WindowTab, WindowTabIcon, WindowTabManager, and WindowTabGroup, which suggests Windows 10 tab-based interface is still a thing and it could debut in preview builds soon.
When Microsoft first unveiled Sets, executives said the feature will support both UWP and Win32 apps. The feature also supports continuity, which means Microsoft will allow you to restore tab groups that you previously opened.
The ambitious Windows 10 tabs interface was also supposed to sync and restore your app groups across desktop devices. In 2018, Microsoft said it would use the integration of Microsoft’s Timelines tool for Sets, so users could restore app groups across numerous platforms.
Windows Insiders have had access to Sets in 2018, so it’s likely that feature will first arrive for the Insiders if it ever gets finalized again.
With Windows 10 Redstone 5 build 17063 Microsoft Added “Sets” feature that lets you organize apps, documents, and web pages into tabs, similar to how tabs work on a web browser. Sets introduce multi-tab support in applications on Windows 10. Different programs or instances of the same program may share a single window so that you may switch between them in the window, and change window states (e.g. minimize, close, or maximize).
Note: With Windows 10 preview build 17704 Microsoft Announced they’re taking the “Sets” feature back and it’ll be released to the Insiders again when it’s ready.
Windows 10 sets feature
The concept behind Sets is to make sure that everything related to your task: relevant webpages, research documents, necessary files and applications, is connected and available to you in one click. Office (starting with Mail & Calendar and OneNote), Windows, and Edge become more integrated to create a seamless experience, so you can get back to what’s important and be productive, recapturing that moment, saving time – Microsoft believes that’s the true value of Sets.
Microsoft currently testing this feature on windows insider Builds (RS5) And may It will reveal on next major update probably on Sep 2018.
The basics Of windows 10 Sets Feature
Sets: With all the elements that go into a task, sometimes convincing yourself to get started is the hardest part. Sets help you keep web pages, documents, files, and apps connected while remaining just one click away. When you close a file that includes a group of tabs, we’ll help you bring those tabs back to life the next time you open it. Whether it’s something you pick up later in the day or in a couple of weeks, Sets is being designed to help you keep the important things together.
Add tabs to apps: To help fuel Sets, most apps will be able to add app and web tabs. When you select a link in something like an e-mail, it’ll open in a new tab next to the app you were using. Selecting the plus (+) in an app will take you to a new tab page, which will help you jump to your next location. You might already know where you want to go, or just need a little bit of inspiration. From here, you’ll be able to search your PC and the internet, access customized feeds, open frequently used websites and apps, and get suggestions based on your recent activity.
- Win+Ctrl+Tab – Switch to the next tab
- Win+Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Switch to the previous tab
- Win+Ctrl+1 through 8 – Switch to a specific tab
- Win+Ctrl+9 – Switch to the last tab
- Ctrl+T or Win+Ctrl+T – Open a new tab
- Ctrl+W or Win+Ctrl+W – Close the currently active tab
Enable And Manage Sets feature in Windows 10
- Define how websites and apps open by default (default: in tabs).
- Define what pressing Alt-Tab shows when you use the shortcut (default: show Windows and tabs)
- Add apps to the blacklist so that they open in their own program window all the time.
How to enable and Disable Sets feature on Windows 10
In the case that Sets isn’t available, you can use the Local Group Policy editor to enable the feature ( Note: Group policy feature available only Windows 10 Pro and later editions.
Press windows + R, type gpedit.msc and press OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Now navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Sets Policy.
Here on right side, and double-click the Turn off Sets setting, And select radio button “Not Configured” Click apply and ok to make save changes.
Also If you are looking for Disable Sets Feature simply select the Radio button “Enabled”
After completing the steps, restart your computer to apply the settings and enable Sets. If you still can’t use apps on tabs, then Sets isn’t available on your installation. Download And install The latest Windows 10 Insider build (RS5) to enjoy the feature.
With Windows 10 preview build 17704 Microsoft Announced they’re taking the “Sets” feature back and it’ll be released to the Insiders again when it’s ready.
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar said in a blog post.
“Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback,”
Sets Coming in Windows 10 20H1
Now it looks like Microsoft is ready to bring Sets back, according to a tweet of Microsoft watcher @h0x0d. If he’s right, Sets is part of Windows 10 build 19481, which means that sooner or later, the software giant is likely to include it in preview builds and let insiders try it out.
Otherwise, this is a sign that Microsoft wants to bring Sets back in Windows 10 20H1, which is scheduled to go live in spring 2020.
Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.
Learn three different ways to multitask and use multiple desktops in Windows 11.
Refocus your workflow with Snap Assist
Snap Assist appears after you’ve snapped a window but have a lot of available space on your screen. Any other open windows are displayed in that space as thumbnails.
To use Snap Assist, click the thumbnail of the window you want to open in the empty space on your screen. If you have two windows displayed side-by-side, you can resize both windows simultaneously by selecting and dragging the dividing line. Resize the window on one side to the size you want it to be, and then release the mouse button. The other window will resize itself to fit alongside the first one so you won’t have any empty screen space. To learn more, see Snap your windows.
Note: Snap Assist is only available for two app windows at a time on Windows 11 SE. Learn more
Pivot instantly with Snap Groups & Desktop
When working on a specific task, snap two or more open apps or windows to create a snap group. When you want to get back to the snap group later, hover over one of your open apps in the taskbar to find it.
Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting. To create multiple desktops:
On the taskbar, select the Task view icon, then select New desktop.
Open the apps you want to use on that desktop and then when you want to switch to a different desktop, select Task view again.
You can also choose different backgrounds for each desktop. To change a background:
On the taskbar, select the Task view icon.
Right-click on the desktop you want to change.
Select Choose background.
Select a picture.
Note: If you choose a solid color or a slideshow, your desktops will all be the same.
Continue right where you left off
If you use external or multiple displays, Windows can remember how you had your apps arranged. So, when you plug your PC back in, everything will be automatically put back into place.
To find the settings for these features, go to Start > Settings > System > Display > Multiple Displays.
Learn three different ways to multitask and use multiple desktops in Windows 10.
Select the Task View icon on the taskbar, or press Alt-Tab on your keyboard to see apps or switch between them.
To use two or more apps at a time, grab the top of an app window and drag it to the side. Then choose another app and it’ll automatically snap into place.
Create different desktops for home and work by selecting New desktop , and then opening the apps you want to use.
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What you need to know
- Microsoft recently started testing tabs in the File Explorer on Windows 11, though the functionality has not yet been officially announced.
- Windows users were split about if Microsoft took things far enough when adding tabs to the File Explorer, according to a recent poll.
- Almost 50% of polled participants want to see tabs in more Microsoft apps, while over 43% of voters are happy with the addition of tabs to the File Explorer.
The latest Insider build of Windows 11 includes a hidden option to enable tabs within the File Explorer. Some Insiders were able to enable the feature, giving us a glimpse of what Microsoft seems to have in store for its default file management app. Tab support has been a requested feature by many for quite some time, and it appears that we won’t have to wait long to see it officially roll out.
While many welcome the addition of tabs to the File Explorer, some think Microsoft should take things a step further and add tabs to more apps. Back in 2017 and 2018, Microsoft worked on a feature called Sets, which allowed people to organize any application with tabs.
Over the weekend, we ran a poll to see if our readers are content with tabs just being added to the File Explorer or if they’d like to see tabs added to more applications. Voting was relatively split on the issue. Just under 50% of polled readers want to see tabs in more apps. Over 43% are happy to see tabs only added to the File Explorer. Around 7% of polled participants said they don’t use tabs at all.
In our comments section, GraniteStateColin explained why they value tabs. “I still love tabs as the simplest, fastest way to group related tasks together. Sets would have been fantastic for me, but just providing the option for tabs in more apps is a solid win.”
Others called for tabs to come to other apps from Microsoft. “Tabs in File Explorer is a good first start. Now let’s implement tabs in Office 365 and Notepad,£ said peiaird.
Tarkus13 expressed different thoughts in the comments section. “The only thing I used Sets for was Explorer, so yes, this is enough for me. Far better to have it natively in the app too, rather than the clunky Sets method.” They don’t appear to be alone, as over 43% of voters said they were happy with tabs only being added to the File Explorer on Windows 11.
While it’s not a native solution, it is already possible to get tabs in Windows using Stardock’s Groupy application. Groupy allows you to organize any app on Windows with tabs. It also supports saved groups, which make it easier to launch a collection of apps you frequently use together.
If people prefer to wait for built-in tab support in the File Explorer, it seems like they won’t have to wait long. While File Explorer tabs haven’t been announced by Microsoft, the user interface for the feature appears to be well into development. Of course, Microsoft could always change its plans.
This third-party application allows you to organize any application on Windows in tabs. It also supports saved groups, which makes it easy to quickly launch a collection of apps.
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Organize multiple applications into grouped tabs on your Windows desktop.
Without Groupy With Groupy
- Group apps under a common tabbed interface
- Save groups of applications together for future usage
- Mouseover tabs to preview the window contents
- Automatically group instances of the same app together
Keep your workspace organized
Groupy is a powerful organizational tool for Windows that will keep information tabbed and organized. You can drag and drop multiple applications and documents together to group them into a tabbed interface for easy access and reference.
Optimize your workflow
Straightforward and easy to use, Groupy lets you manage tabs in quick and natural ways within the browser-like interface. Tabbing between apps keeps the desktop clear of additional distractions and eliminates the need to constantly look around for and open or close multiple programs.
Save groups of applications together for future usage. Optionally add a New Tab button to quickly launch a new instance of the currently highlighted application.
Saved groups for Office files combine all your working documents in one convenient link.
Access information quickly and easily
Web browsers existed for over a decade before the capability for multiple tabbed pages was available. Groupy brings this option to the Windows desktop by letting you keep reference data in multiple locations contained in a single group that’s only a tab-click away.
Multrin is a cross-platform app built on Electron that lets you to organize apps in tabs by simply dropping them onto Multrin. It aims to greatly improve your productivity and organization.
NOTE: Multrin works currently only on Windows and macOS. Support for Linux coming soon.
- Dark theme
- Ctrl + Tab keyboard shortcut to change selected tab
Multrin has some very important components:
- Tabs from Wexond for managing the docked windows
If you have found any bugs or just want to see some new features in Multrin, feel free to open an issue. I’m open to any suggestions and bug reports would be really helpful for me and appreciated very much. Multrin is in heavy development and some bugs may occur. Also, please don’t hesitate to open a pull request. This is really important to me and for the further development of this project.
Before running Multrin in development mode, please ensure you have Node.js installed on your machine.
When running on Windows, make sure you have build tools installed. You can install them by running as administrator:
Firstly, run this command to install all needed dependencies. If you have encountered any problems, please report it. I will try to help as much as I can.
Now the native modules need to be rebuilt with Electron’s headers. To do that, please run:
В приложении Safari Вы можете использовать вкладки для перехода между несколькими открытыми веб-страницами.
Примечание. При использовании варианта «Одиночная вкладка» меню и внешний вид браузера могут отличаться от описанных в данном руководстве. См. раздел Изменение внешнего вида Safari на iPhone.
Как открыть ссылку в новой вкладке
Коснитесь и удерживайте ссылку нажатой, а затем коснитесь «Открыть в новой вкладке».
Чтобы оставаться на текущей вкладке при открытии ссылок в новой вкладке, выберите «Настройки» > «Safari» > «Ссылки» и коснитесь «В фоновом режиме».
Просмотр открытых вкладок
Чтобы просмотреть открытые веб-страницы, коснитесь кнопки , затем выполните одно из следующих действий.
Закрытие вкладки. Коснитесь кнопки в правом верхнем углу предварительного просмотра.
Повторный переход к просмотру одной вкладки. Коснитесь вкладки или коснитесь «Готово».
Повторное открытие недавно закрытой вкладки.
Коснитесь , коснитесь кнопки и удерживайте ее, затем выберите нужную вкладку в списке недавно закрытых.
Просмотр вкладок, открытых на других устройствах
Войдите в iCloud, используя один и тот же Apple ID на всех Ваших устройствах.
Выберите «Настройки» > [Ваше имя] > «iCloud» и включите Safari.
Примечание. Чтобы отображать также вкладки, открытые на Вашем Mac, необходимо выбрать Safari в настройках iCloud на Mac и выполнить вход с тем же Apple ID.
Коснитесь , коснитесь и прокрутите, чтобы просмотреть вкладки, открытые на других Ваших устройствах, в нижней части начальной страницы.
Чтобы удалить вкладку из списка, коснитесь ссылки и удерживайте ее, затем выберите «Закрыть». Ссылка будет удалена с Вашей начальной страницы; на другом устройстве вкладка останется открытой.
Примечание. Для просмотра вкладок, открытых на других устройствах, параметр «Вкладки iCloud» должен быть включен для Вашей начальной страницы. См. раздел Персонализация начальной страницы.
Чтобы изменить устройство, вкладки iCloud которого отображаются на начальной странице, коснитесь «С [Имя устройства]» и выберите устройство в раскрывающемся меню.
Создайте группу вкладок, чтобы упорядочить вкладки и упростить доступ к ним в дальнейшем.
Коснитесь , чтобы посмотреть все открытые вкладки.
Коснитесь вкладки и удерживайте ее, затем выберите «Переместить в группу вкладок».
Коснитесь «Новая группа вкладок», затем дайте ей название.
Совет. Чтобы перемещаться между группами вкладок, коснитесь кнопки по центру в нижней части экрана.
Перемещение вкладки в другую группу
Коснитесь , чтобы посмотреть все открытые вкладки, затем коснитесь вкладки, которую хотите переместить, и удерживайте ее.
В появившемся меню коснитесь «Переместить в группу вкладок».
Выберите одну из ранее созданных групп вкладок или создайте новую группу.
Синхронизация вкладок и групп вкладок на Ваших устройствах
Выберите «Настройки» > [Ваше имя] > «iCloud» и включите Safari.
Примечание. Чтобы отображать также вкладки, открытые на Вашем Mac, необходимо выбрать Safari в настройках iCloud на Mac, выполнить вход с тем же Apple ID и включить двухфакторную аутентификация для iCloud. См. раздел Настройка iCloud на всех устройствах в Руководстве пользователя iCloud и статью службы поддержки Apple Двухфакторная аутентификация для идентификатора Apple ID.
Закрытие всех вкладок
На любой открытой странице коснитесь кнопки и удерживайте ее, затем коснитесь «Закрыть все вкладки».
Вы также можете закрыть вкладки на экране «Обзор вкладок». Коснитесь и удерживайте «Готово», затем коснитесь «Закрыть все вкладки».
Recent versions of Windows 10 include an implementation of the Tabbed Shell, known as Sets. When enabled, Sets allows app grouping exactly like tabs in a browser. The user can combine windows from different apps in a tabbed view. It is possible to exclude certain apps from sets of tabs.
The main idea behind Sets is to provide the user a way to organize your workspace efficiently: your opened web sites in a browser, documents in a word processor – every app connected with a single task can be grouped together in a single window.
Also, using Sets you can open folders in tabs in File Explorer without using third-party tools. See the following article.
By default, all apps can be combined in Tabs. However, you can add or remove specific apps to a special list, so they won’t be included in sets of tabs.
To exclude apps from sets of tabs in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to System – Multitasking.
- On the right, go to the section Apps added to this list can’t be included in sets of tabs.
- Click on the button Add an app.
- In the next dialog, select an app you don’t want to be included in sets of tabs.
Note: If you add File Explorer to the list mentioned above, the command “Open in a new tab” will open a new window of File Explorer until the app is removed from the list.
To remove an app from Sets exceptions,
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to System – Multitasking.
- On the right, select the desired app under Apps added to this list can’t be included in sets of tabs.
- Click on the remove button.
Note: The final version of the Sets feature may come with Windows 10 Redstone 5. This could change if Microsoft prioritizes the Sets feature to ship with Redstone 4 but as of this writing, that does not seem to be the case. Also, the name for Sets may change in the final release.
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Navigate to the folder that you want to pin to Quick Access.
Select that folder by clicking on it.
Click the Home tab on the Ribbon.
The Home tab is shown.
In the Clipboard section, click the Pin to Quick Access button.
The selected folder is now listed in Quick Access.
You can also pin a folder by right-clicking it and selecting Pin to Quick Access in the right-click menu.
Unpin folders from Quick Access
Click the Quick Access section.
Right-click the folder that you want to unpin.
The right-click menu appears.
In the right-click menu, click Unpin from Quick Access.
The selected folder is no longer listed in Quick Access.
Change the position of the Quick Access Toolbar
One of the menu’s options is to change the Quick Access Toolbar’s position so that it’s below the Ribbon rather than above it. Here’s how:
Open File Explorer.
In the Quick Access Toolbar, click the down-pointing arrow.
The Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu appears.
In the menu that appears, click Show Below the Ribbon.
The Quick Access Toolbar is now below the Ribbon.
To place the Quick Access Toolbar back at the top of the Ribbon, follow the preceding steps and, at Step 3, click Show Above the Ribbon.
Add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar
In the Quick Access Toolbar, click the down-pointing arrow.
The Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu appears.
In the menu that appears, click the function you want to add to the Quick Access Toolbar (such as Undo, Redo, or Delete).
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We’ll show you how to use virtual desktops on Windows 10.
Using virtual desktops in Windows 10 can be highly advantageous, particularly for anyone with a single-monitor setup. If you’re still working from home due to the pandemic and juggling several different projects on the same computer, multiple desktops can be a life-saver. (And now, if you’re one of the many who are upgrading to Windows 11 , it’s even easier to set up and toggle between multiple virtual desktops . And you’ll have access to other cool features like support for Android apps .) Whether you’re a longtime Windows 10 user or have only recently upgraded to Windows 10 after support for Windows 7 ended in 2020, we’ll walk you through using multiple virtual desktops.
The Task View pane in Windows 10 allows you to add an unlimited number of virtual desktops quickly and easily. You can manage the view of your virtual desktop, and move applications to different desktops, show windows on all desktops or close pages on a selected desktop. Here’s how to do it.
How to add a desktop in Windows 10
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To add a virtual desktop, open up the new Task View pane by clicking the Task View button (two overlapping rectangles) on the taskbar, or by pressing the Windows Key + Tab. In the Task View pane, click New desktop to add a virtual desktop. If you have two or more desktops already open, the “Add a desktop” button will appear as a gray tile with a plus symbol. You can also quickly add a desktop without entering the Task View pane by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + D.
How to switch between desktops in Windows 10
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To switch between virtual desktops, open the Task View pane and click on the desktop you want to switch to. You can also quickly switch desktops without going into the Task View pane by using the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow.
You can add an unlimited number of virtual desktops — we stopped at 368.
How to move windows between desktops in Windows 10
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To move a window from one desktop to another, you first have to open up the Task View pane and then hover over the desktop containing the window you want to move. The windows on that desktop will pop up; find the window you want to move, right-click it, and go to Move to and choose the desktop you want to move the window to. You can also drag and drop windows — grab the window you want to move and drag it into the desired desktop.
How to close a desktop in Windows 10
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To close a virtual desktop, open up the Task View pane and hover over the desktop you want to close until a small X appears in the upper-right corner. Click the X to close the desktop. You can also close the desktop you’re currently on without going into the Task View pane by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + F4.
Looking for a lost picture or document? Trying to make it easier to view and manage all your files? These tips will help you wrangle Windows 10’s File Explorer.
File Explorer in Windows 10 has changed in look, feel, and functionality over the years, but its basic goal has always been to help you manage, view, and launch the array of documents, photos, and files nestled on your PC. Even if you’ve been using Windows 10 since its debut, there are likely features in File Explorer that you may not know about or haven’t used in awhile.
Within the confines of File Explorer, you will see a Quick Access section that displays your most frequently used folders and recently used files. A dedicated Share button allows you to quickly share files from File Explorer. If you’re a Microsoft OneDrive user, the file storage service is embedded inside File Explorer so you can easily store and sync files in the cloud. Read on for other useful features that will make file management in Windows 10 easier than ever.
Customize Quick Access View
The Quick Access section of File Explorer appears at the top of the left pane and displays your most frequently used folders and recent files. Since it is home to the folders and files you’ll want to access most often, you can customize the Quick Access view to make it even more useful.
Right-click any folder in File Explorer and click Pin to Quick Access from the pop-up menu to manually add folders to the Quick Access section. Files and folders can always be removed from Quick Access if you right-click the item and select Unpin from Quick Access from the pop-up.
You can change the order of the entries in Quick Access by dragging and dropping one higher or lower in the list. Quick Access even plays a role in the Windows taskbar. Right-click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar, and your pinned folders for Quick Access appear in the menu.
Not too crazy about Quick Access? Stop it in its tracks. In File Explorer, click the View tab at the top to display the View ribbon. Click the Options icon just above its down arrow. From the Privacy section of the General tab, click the checkmarks for Show recently used files in Quick access and Show frequently used folders in Quick access. Recently used files will disappear and no longer populate. Your frequently used folders will still appear but stop populating.
Launch File Explorer to Show ‘This PC’ By Default
In Windows 8.1, File Explorer automatically launches in “This PC” view so you can see all of your drives and default folders right off the bat. However, Windows 10 has File Explorer launch in Quick Access view instead. You can tweak this and revert to the “This PC” view by default.
In File Explorer, click the View menu and then click the Options icon. From the Folder Options window, click the Open File Explorer to: setting and use the drop-down menu to change that setting from Quick Access to “This PC.” Click OK and then close File Explorer. The next time you open the program, it will display the “This PC” view by default.
Turn the Ribbon On or Off
File Explorer displays a ribbon full of commands for the Home, Share, and View categories. By default, you have to select each tab to display the ribbon, then click another part of the screen to make it disappear. This saves space since the ribbon appears only when you need it. However, you can also make it so that you always see the commands available for the current ribbon.
At the very top of the File Explorer window, click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar arrow to the right of the folder icon. You will see a menu with various commands, including one to Minimize the Ribbon, which will likely sport a checkmark in front of it. Select this option to change the size of the ribbon.
Maximizing the ribbon will display it in full view all the time. Minimizing the ribbon will restore the default functionality to disappear when not in use.
Show or Hide File Extensions
File extensions are a key way of revealing the types of files displayed in File Explorer. A file with a .DOCX extension is a Word document, a file with a .JPG extension is a JPEG image file, and a file with a .WAV extension is a sound file. But sometimes you may not want or need to see the extension, especially if you already know the file type based on its name or location.
You can turn file extensions on or off easily enough. In File Explorer, click the View tab at the top to display the View ribbon. Click the box next to File name extensions to turn on the checkmark and reveal the extensions. Click off the box to remove the checkmark and hide the extensions.
Display Your Libraries
Windows 10 offers a Libraries feature in which you can house your most often-used folders, but it does not show your libraries by default. If you like to use libraries and want them easily accessible, you must first set them to display in File Explorer. To do so, click the View tab and then click the icon for Navigation pane. From the pop-up menu, click Show libraries. Your libraries then appear toward the bottom of the left pane in File Explorer.
View Different Panes in File Explorer
File Explorer offers various panes to display certain information about folders and files. You can turn those panes on or off to see or hide certain details.
To start, the Navigation pane on the left side of the window displays all the drives and folders on your PC, so you can easily explore them. You’ll likely want to leave this pane alone. But if you wish to turn it off to create more space in the window, click the View tab in the ribbon, click the Navigation pane icon, and uncheck the checkmark next to Navigation pane. To re-enable the pane, click the icon and click the command back on again.
The Preview pane lets you see the contents of certain types of files without actually opening them, such as photos, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, and more. It’s a handy way to peek at a file without having to launch its associated program. To enable the Preview pane, click the View tab and then click the option for Preview pane. Now select a particular file, such as an image or PDF, and you’ll see it previewed in the right pane of File Explorer.
The Details pane shows you key data on individual folders and files, such as the name, size, and last modified date. To turn on this pane, click the Details pane option on the View tab of the ribbon. Note that you can display the Preview pane or the Details pane, but not both together.
Share Files With Specific Apps
You can share a file with a person or application of your choosing, another handy option that saves you time and effort. Click a file that you wish to share and then click the Share tab at the top of the screen to display the Share ribbon.
Click the Share icon to open a pane on the right side of the screen with a list of people and apps with which you can share that file. The number of apps will depend on the type of file and which apps are already installed. Select the person or app you want to receive that file.
Yo u can open as many tabs as you want in Chrome. You can also view all your tabs and switch among them.
Open a new tab
At the top of your Google Chrome window, next to the last tab on the right, click New tab . Or, use a keyboard shortcut:
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + t
- Mac: ⌘ + t
Click and drag the tab outside the Google Chrome window.
To open a new window, use a keyboard shortcut:
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + n
- Mac: ⌘ + n
Browse and select the file from your computer. Open a new tab, then use a keyboard shortcut:
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + o
- Mac: ⌘ + o
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + click a link
- Mac: ⌘ + click a link
Customize your new tab page
When you open a new tab, under the search box, you’ll find websites you visit often or shortcuts to websites you’ve chosen.
- To hide shortcuts or your most visited websites, or to switch between them, open Chrome and go to the shortcuts tab under Customize .
- To visit a site, click the icon.
- To remove or edit a site, point to the icon. At the top right of the icon, click More .
Add a custom background image
- In the bottom right of the new tab page, click Customize .
- In the “Background” tab, select a Chrome background to customize your browser, or upload your own photo.
Change your browser color
You can change the color of your Chrome browser.
- In the bottom right of a new tab, click Customize .
- In the “Color and theme” tab, select a color.
- After you select a color, click Done.
To change the order of your tabs, drag a tab along the top of the browser window.
- To pin a tab to the left, right-click the tab and select Pin. Pinned tabs are smaller and only show the site’s icon.
- To unpin a tab, right-click the tab and select Unpin.
- To move a tab to a different window, right click on the tab and point to Move tab to another window, then select the window you want to move it to.
Group your tabs
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- Click New tab .
- Right-click a tab and then select Add to new group.
- To edit your tab group, right-click the colored circle or name to the left. You can:
- Name your group.
- Add additional tabs to the group.
- Remove the group.
- To add a tab to an existing group, drag the tab into the group.
- To remove a tab from a group, right-click the tab, then select Remove from group.
- To edit your tab group, right-click the colored circle or name to the left. You can:
Collapse and expand tab groups
You can collapse your tab groups so only the group’s name or colored circle is showing in your tab strip.
- Create a tab group.
- To expand or collapse the group, select its name or colored circle.
Close a tab
At the top right of the tab, click Close . Or, use a keyboard shortcut:
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + w
- Mac: ⌘ + w
- Close all tabs in the window.
- At the top corner of the window, click Close .
- Windows & Linux: At the top right.
- Mac: At the top left.
You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to close a window:
- Windows & Linux: Alt + F4
- Mac: ⌘ + Shift + w
You can close Google Chrome entirely.
- Open the Chrome menu.
- Windows & Linux: On the top menu bar, click More .
- Mac: On the top menu bar, click Chrome.
- Close Google Chrome.
- Windows & Linux: Click Exit.
- Mac: Click Quit Google Chrome.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut to close Google Chrome:
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + q
- Mac: ⌘ + q
Bring back a tab or window
If you accidentally close a tab or window, you can open it again using a keyboard shortcut:
- Windows & Linux: Ctrl + Shift + t
- Mac: ⌘ + Shift + t
Organize your windows
- Point to the minimized window with your cursor.
- Press Alt + Tab to move between windows.
- Right-click on a tab and select Move tab to another window.
To name a window:
- Go to the window you want to name or open a new window.
- At the top, right-click the empty space next to New Tab , then select Name window.
- Alternatively, at the top right, select More More toolsName window.
- Enter a name for your window.
Force a page or app to close
If a tab, window, or extension isn’t working, you can force it closed with Chrome’s task manager.
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If you’re someone who uses the Command Prompt utility for most of your tasks, you likely often have multiple utility windows open at the same time on your screen. Managing these windows becomes a bit difficult when the number of the windows grows. A tabbed Command Prompt interface can help you out here.
Just like your browser tabs, you can also enable tabs in your Command Prompt windows. That way you don’t need to open a new window for each of your CMD tasks. You can open a new tab instead for your Command Prompt instances. It helps you avoid getting your screen cluttered with all your CMD windows scattered here and there.
This is possible using some of the apps available for your Windows computer.
Use The Windows Terminal For Tabbed Command Prompt
The current Command Prompt utility on your Windows 10 computer doesn’t come with the tab feature. So for now, the only way to run multiple instances of the utility is to open a new window for each.
However, there’s now a preview version of the Windows Terminal app available on the Microsoft Store. It helps you add the tabbed interface feature to your computer so you can open new tabs instead of Windows to run your commands.
- Launch the Microsoft Store app on your PC and search for and click on Windows Terminal Preview. Install the app on your computer.
- Launch the app and you’ll immediately notice a few new icons right next to the app name at the top.
- You can choose from any of the available options and a new tab will open in the utility. You can manage these tabs just like how you do your browser tabs.
Windows Terminal is currently in the preview stage meaning it isn’t currently ready to be included in the Windows installations. However, it won’t be too long before it comes as a stock app on your Windows machines.
Using Console For a Tabbed Terminal In Windows
Another way to enable tabbed Command Prompt on your Windows machine is to use a third-party app. There’s an app called Console (free) that allows you to have a tabbed CMD interface on your computer.
This app offers several more features than the Windows Terminal app.
- Download Console and extract the files from the ZIP archive.
- Double-click on Console.exe to launch the app.
- It’ll immediately open your first Command Prompt tab. To add a new tab, click on the File menu at the top and select New Tab followed by Console2.
- You can switch between your tabs by clicking on any of the tab names. You can customize the names of these tabs as well.
- To close a tab, you can either click on the X icon at the top-right corner of the tab or select the File menu followed by Close Tab.
This utility’s been around for quite a long time and is a good one to use a tabbed Command Prompt interface.
Get The Tabbed Command Prompt With PowerCMD
PowerCMD (free) is yet another way to add tabbed functionality to your Command Prompt utility. This app offers much more than what you get with the default utility on your computer.
- Download and install the app on your PC.
- Right-click on the app icon on your desktop and choose Run as administrator.
- The app will launch with a CMD tab open in it. To open new tabs, either click on the + icon or select the File menu followed by New Prompt Window (although it says Window, it opens a tab actually).
- You can access the open tabs by clicking on them like you do in other apps.
Enable Tabbed Command Prompt Using ConEmu
ConEmu is an open-source and free tool that lets you open multiple tabs in a Command Prompt window on Windows machines. It comes with a basic and clutter-free user interface so you can focus on your actual commands.
- Download and install the app on your computer.
- You’ll be asked to configure the app options. It’s optional and you can do it at a later time, too.
- Click on the + (plus) sign to add a new tab. You’ll see the number of open tabs right next to this sign.
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You use the Tabs panel (Window > Type > Tabs) to set tab stops for a paragraph or type object.
A. Tab alignment buttons B. Tab position C. Tab leader box D. Align On box E. Panel menu F. Tab ruler G. Snap panel above frame
You can access additional commands and options in the Tabs panel menu. To use this menu, click the triangle in the upper right corner of the panel.
Align the Tabs panel with a selected type object
You can position the Tabs panel anywhere in the work area; however, it is usually helpful to align the Tabs panel with a type object.
Click the magnet icon . The Tabs panel moves directly above the selected text object, with the zero point aligned with the left margin. If necessary, you can drag the resize button at the lower right corner of the panel to expand or reduce the ruler.
Snap tab stops to the ruler units
By default, you can position tab stops anywhere along the tab ruler.
Change the units of measure for the tab ruler
The units of measure for the tab ruler are defined by the General units settings specified in the Units preferences (for all files) or by the units specified in the Document Setup dialog box (for the current file).
- To change the units of measure for all files, specify a new value for General Units in the Units preferences.
- To change the units of measure for the current file, specify a new units value in the Document Setup dialog box.
Tab stops apply to an entire paragraph. When you set the first tab, Illustrator deletes all default tab stops to the left of that stop. As you set more tab stops, Illustrator deletes all default tabs between the tabs you set.
to align horizontal text to the left, keeping the right margin ragged.
to center text on the tab mark.
to align horizontal text to the right, keeping the left margin ragged.
to align vertical text to the bottom margin, keeping the top margin ragged.
to align vertical text to the top margin, keeping the bottom margin ragged.
to place text in alignment with a specified character, such as a period or a dollar sign. This option is useful for creating columns of numbers.
You can change the alignment of any tab by simply selecting it and clicking one of these buttons.
Click a location on the tab ruler to position a new tab stop.
Type a position in the X box (for horizontal text) or Y box (for vertical text), and press Enter or Return. If the X or Y value is selected, press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key to increase or decrease the tab value by 1 point, respectively.
note: When you use the tab ruler, you cannot set tab stops in increments smaller than 1. However, if you specify a position in the X or Y box, you can set stops at intervals as small as 0.01 point.
Sets, Microsoft’s Windows-management feature which allowed users to group data, sites and other information in tabs, is gone and not expected to come back in a future release of Windows 10, my contacts say.
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In 2017, Microsoft officials provided a preview of two new features coming to Windows 10: Timeline and Sets. Timeline made it into Windows 10 as part of the April 2018 Update, but Sets didn’t. And it’s looking like it never will be included in Windows 10.
My sources say Microsoft dropped plans for Sets, a Windows-management feature, which would have allowed users to group app data, websites and other information in tabs, months ago. Although Microsoft did test Sets last year with some of its Windows Insider testers, the feature generally wasn’t well received or understood. For apps like Office to work well with Sets, the Office engineering team was going to have to do a lot of extra work.
Sets didn’t make an reappearance in the Insider test builds leading up to the May 2019 Update/1903, and officials haven’t mentioned the Sets feature in months.
Over the weekend, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner tweeted “The Shell-provided tab experience is no more, but adding tabs is high on our to do list.” (That’s likely the closest we will get to an “official” comment on the future of the Sets feature.)
Turner pointed to a Devblogs.Microsoft.com post originally dated June 29 about tabs coming to the Windows Console. At that point in time, the Console team was planning to use the new Sets feature as the base for adding Tabs in the Windows Console. But since the Windows team has decided against moving forward with Sets, the Console team is now going to have to build Tabs into the Console without using Sets as the foundation, my sources say.
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When Microsoft first unveiled Sets, officials said the feature might or might not make it into the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. But the goal was to ship that feature at some point as part of a Windows 10 feature update.
At first, Sets was going to work only with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications. But over time, Microsoft was planning to optimize full Win32 apps like Office to work with the Sets tabs. Microsoft officials also were hoping to help third-party Win32 apps to be optimized to work with Sets over time.
When the Microsoft Edge team began work on moving to the Chromium engine last year, they had to make a choice about whether or not to redo the work necessary to integrate with Sets. Doing so could have delayed Chromium-based Edge significantly — or resulted in Sets integration not coming to the new Edge browser until months after it debuted. So that helped finalize the decision to table Sets, my contacts say.
Windows users who still want a feature like Sets can buy the Stardock application called “Groupy,” which allows users to group app data, websites and other information in tabs.
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Back when Windows was going through an identity crisis with Windows 8, Stardock was there to offer users a software solution that made Windows 8 more like Windows 7 and thus a more familiar and welcoming tranistion for many. The company’s Start 8 software brought back the lauded Windows 7 Start Menu alongside Microsoft’s new Widnows 8 interface.
Well, the company is back offering users additional functionality with its Groupy software.
For a bit of reference, the Windows team teased a new tabbed experience that would come in some future update to Windows 10. The new tabbed functionality was called Sets and would allow users to group separate applications into a tabbed interface similar to an internet browser, helping to declutter desktops as well as organize tasks and workflows.
Unfortunately, the Windows team pulled back on that release in its Insider program and will presumably revisit development of it at some future date, but having tested it, I found that I quickly became addicted to the functionality.
Despite Microsoft selling productivity as a multi windowed experience with its titular product Windows over the past 30 years, I personally found that tabbing my workflow boosted my productivity.
Thankfuly, Stardock offers a similar and in most ways, a superior experience with Groupy.
I’ve been testing Groupy for the past few months and it’s become a necessity for me. Using Stardock’s software, I’m able to organize my workflow by ‘tabbing’ all of my open Office docs, Google properites such as Docs, AdWords, YouTube Studio, etc, as well as all of my UWP and PWA apps into neat sections.
As a bit of context, I’ve been testing Chromebook functionality, and as the OS prioritizes a tabbed experience, I can see the appeal of signal clear windows of productivity. The time of moving a mouse between windows becomes shorter, time searching for open windows is reduced and customization is increased, in my opinion. Opining on Microsoft’s Windows 10S experiement paired with Sets, the company could have a decent ChromeOS competitor from a workflow standpoint.
Other benefits of Groupy include:
- Drag and drop applications together to group them under a common tabbed interface
- Organize multiple applications and documents together for convenient access
- Group related tabs together for optimal workflow
- Save groups of applications together for future usage
- Manage tabs in quick and natural ways with the browser-like interface
- Add new tabs to existing groups quickly and easily
- Mouseover tabs to preview the window contents
- Copy files between Explorer tabs. Drag files to the target tab, pause to switch, and then into the target window.
- Automatically group instances of the same application together
It’s a bit premature to measure Groupy against the nascent development of Sets, but where Groupy excels over Sets is in its sheer performance. Apps don’t crash when paired, tabbed groups are kept in memory and can be pulled back up and reopened, thus saving me time and enabling to be more productive. Apps also keep their sizing when switching between windows. Another benefit is that Groupy’s presence spans Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10.
Perhaps, the best thing about Groupy is that it’s available, now. No waiting, no promises of soon or Insider testing. Users can head to Stardock’s website and either try it for 30-days for free or a one time purchase of $9.99 or $29.99 for a package that includes Object Desktop.
Once purchased, users can install the software on up to five devices (I believe).
My only objection about Groupy is the target window for tabbing applications is a bit large. Users may find themselves accidentally tabbing apps they may have only intended to snap to one of the four grid sections in Windows.
For Insider looking to regain Sets functionality or Windows users looking for more organizational resources, I recommend giving Groupy a try.
Last year, Microsoft revealed its plans to bring Tabs in File Explorer in Windows 10. The feature was initially expected to be available in October 2018.
Microsoft planned to make use of the Sets feature for further projects. Sets basically work by grouping related content into tabs. It works similarly to the way a web browser works by grouping documents, web pages, and apps whenever needed.
The Sets feature is already available in a couple of Microsoft Store apps including Microsoft Edge, OneNote, Mail, and Calendar application. It is a pretty handy feature if you want to manage your work by opening a tab for the documents folder, a tab for your email app and the pictures folder.
It makes it easier for you to switch between all of them.
You might not remember that apart from introducing the Tabs in File Explorer Microsoft planned to launch a new feature allows the users to restore previous sessions. It has been a core part of the web browsers for decades, so it is going to work just like it has done in the web browsers.
Is Microsoft still working on Tabs in File Explorer?
The feature is one of the most demanded features and it was voted by around 22 thousand+ insiders at the time of its announcement.
In fact, the feature was available to the Insiders running build 17618 for testing purposes. Additionally, the company planned to offer support for Notepad, Powershell, File Explorer, and Command Prompt.
Microsoft has not shared any release date information yet about Tabs in File Explorer. Most of the users are now wondering whether Microsoft is still working to develop the feature or it dropped the idea completely. If you are one of them here is the answer.
First Edge on Chromium, then File Explorer Tabs
According to the reports, Microsoft wants to first complete the development of Chromium-based Edge browser before moving to the File Manager Tabs feature.
The company is still working on the feature but it might have been slowed down due to the fact that Microsoft Sets depends on Edge. As a matter of fact, Sets are also an important part of the Windows Lite (Santorini) UI that will be released during the first half of 2020.
Furthermore, Microsoft wants to implant all the Edge features in the in Chromium project and the implementation of the features is currently work in progress. Therefore, Microsoft is waiting so that the shift to Chromium takes place successfully to speed up the development of the forthcoming feature.
It’s surprising that Microsoft has not thought about this feature for years. This is an important usability feature that needs to be developed to facilitate the life of Windows users.
The tech giant is doing pretty well as far as other products including Azure, Surface, TypeScript, HoloLens 2, Visual Studio, and Office are concerned. Even Skype is performing pretty well after the recent restructuring.
Get Tabs in File Explorer today with these third party tools
You might not be interested in waiting for Microsoft to finish the development of this feature. There are many third party tools that offer the same feature and are already available for download.
Some of these tools allow users to add tab functionality to the existing Windows File Explorer. While others have tabs feature and can be considered as an alternative to the Windows File Explorer.
You might be surprised to know that the Groupy app actually offers a lot more features as compared to the Sets feature of Microsoft.
It manages the apps in a similar way just like you use a web browser to manage webpages in separate tabs. Another advantage is that it supports Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 operating systems.
You can use it to tab all of your open Google Docs, AdWords, Office docs into neat sections.
Another unique feature that might be appealing for the users that the software remains tabbed groups in its memory and you can easily reopen them when required.
Key features include:
- Drag and drop application support
- Organize documents and applications
- Save groups of applications
- Update existing groups with New tabs
- Automatic grouping of similar app instances
However, email activation is required for using the software. It allows the users to switch between the tabs using Alt + Tab.
If you are interested in the software its license is available at a price of $9.99. At the time of writing this article, the Groupy is at a sale for $4.99 so it is the best time for purchasing the license.
Most of the users have recommended using QTTabBar. It is a freeware that adds quick access tools for enhancing Explorer‘s experience. QTTabBar offers a couple of unique features. It helps the users in tracing folders and files in a better way. You can save a lot of time as you will no longer have to use the manual method anymore. All of its options are user-friendly and easy to understand.
Some of the key features provided by QTTabBar are:
- Image Preview
- Pin folders
- Allows to group frequently used drivers and folders
- Add programs to use as an Application Launcher
- Switch between the tabs using keyboard shortcuts
- Allows copying folder name and path
- Saves the positions of Desktop icons
Many users recommend XYplorer as an alternative. It is basically a tabbed file manager me that meets the needs of Windows users.
Furthermore, it also includes a highly customizable interface, helps to automate frequently recurring tasks in an efficient way, and optional dual pane. It is preferred by users just because it is portable, lightweight, fast, and innovative.
Some of the major features that are offered by XYplorer are:
- Dual panes
- Queued file operations
- Tabbed browsing
- Six key navigation
- A duplicate file finder
- Batch rename
- Folder view settings
- One-click previews
It’s a paid program and you can either buy a Standard License at $ 39.95 per user or enjoy a Lifetime License for $ 79.95.
It’s up to you if you want to use any of these third-party programs to enjoy the features that will be offered by the built-in Microsoft’s Tabs in File Explorer feature that is currently in the development stages.
Let us know in the comments section below if you are using any other third party tool.
Yes, tabs have arrived in File Explorer in Windows 10. If one of your Windows 10 computers are Skip Ahead testing the next version of Windows 10, you can have a quick taste of it and see how it works.
First of all, clicking the + icon next to the tab will not open another File Explorer tab. Instead, it opens an Edge browser tab staying there side-by-side with File Explore tab.
To open a new tab so you can have two File Explorer tabs grouped together in one Windows, simply press Ctrl + T, the standard keyboard shortcut in all tab-based browsers, or Ctrl + N which opens a new window.
To close the current tab, use Ctrl + W. Again, it’s also a standard keyboard shortcut to close a tab in browsers.
You can also open a new tab from the File Menu. Click File > Open new window > Open new tab.
Moreover, you can right-click any file folder and choose Open in new tab from the context menu to open the folder in a new tab in File Explorer.
How about the middle-button on your mouse? Unfortunately, that still doesn’t work. Will have to wait and see if Microsoft adds it in the future builds.
Just like how the tabs work in the browser, you can right-click any of the tabs to bring up the tabs context menu, from which you can close the current tab, close other tabs, close tabs to the right, or move the tab to the new window.
One last tip, there is a new setting in Settings app that controls how Alt+Tab behaves, allowing the tabs to show in Alt+Tab view or not.
Open Settings, go to System > Multitasking and change the setting in Sets section.
/update on April 23, 2019/
Unbelievably, one of the anticipated features like this has officially been canceled by Microsoft, according to ZDNet and not expected to return.
One of the reasons for Google Chrome’s popularity among web browsers is its ability to easily manage and organize tabs.
Here’s a comprehensive overview of all the ways you can open, customize, group, and arrange tabs in Google Chrome .
How to organize tabs in Chrome
How to open a new tab
You can have a virtually unlimited number of tabs open at once using Chrome, though if you have too many tabs open, your computer’s performance will suffer. Here are all the ways to open a new tab.
- Open a tab in the current Chrome window: Click the New tab button (the plus sign) at the top of the browser window to the right of the existing tabs. Or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + t on a PC, or Command + t on a Mac.
- Open a tab in a new window: You can click any tab and drag it out of the Chrome window; it’ll open in its own window instead. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + n on a PC and Command + n on a Mac.
- Open a link in a new tab: If you click a link, it will open in the current tab, replacing the current content. If you want to open it in a new tab, press Ctrl + left-click on your mouse on a PC, or Command + left click on a Mac.
How to close a tab
To close a tab, click the close button (the X) at the right side of the tab. You can also right-click and choose “Close” or press Ctrl + w on a PC, or Command + w on a Mac. You also have some other options at your disposal.
- Close several tabs at once: If you want to close a bunch of tabs, right click the tab to the left of those tabs and choose “Close tabs to the right.” This works best if the tabs you want to close are already the right-most tabs.
- Close all tabs except one: Right-click the one tab you want to keep open and choose “Close other tabs.”
- Close all the open tabs in the Chrome window: Click the close button for the Chrome window or use the keyboard shortcut: Alt + F4 on a PC. On a Mac, it’s Command + Shift + w.
How to open a tab closed by accident
If you accidentally close a tab, press Ctrl + Shift + t on a PC to reopen it, or Command + Shift + t on a Mac.
You can also find recently closed tabs: Click the three-dot menu at the top right of the Chrome window and then click “History.” Find the link you want and click it.
How to customize the new tab page
Chrome displays a list of recently visited websites on every new tab you open using the New tab button. You can customize the image on the page as well as edit the list of links. Here’s how:
1. Open a new tab by clicking the New tab button at the top of the browser window or by pressing Ctrl + t on a PC, or Command + t on a Mac.
2. In the lower right corner of the tab page, click the Customize this page button, shaped like a pencil.
3. On the Customize this page window, click “Background.”
4. Select the background image you want to use. You can turn off images entirely by choosing “No background” or upload one from your computer. You can also pick an image from any of the categories. When you’re satisfied, click “Done.”
5. To customize the links on the page, go back to the Customize this page window and click “Shortcuts.”
6. By default, Chrome shows “most visited sites.” If you want to customize this list, click “My shortcuts” and click “Done.” (If you don’t want to see any shortcuts on this page at all, turn on “Hide shortcuts” by swiping the button to the right.)
7. To edit a shortcut, hover the mouse over a shortcut icon and then click the three-dot menu to the right. You can choose to edit the shortcut or remove it from the page entirely.
How to arrange open tabs
You can rearrange tabs to make them easier to find, and “pin” tabs you don’t want to accidentally close.
Arranging tabs is easy: You can click and drag a tab to move it left or right in your list of open tabs at the top of the browser window.
You can also right-click a tab and choose “Pin” from the dropdown menu. This moves the tab to the left and makes it smaller. You can’t drag a pinned tab around to arrange it, but there’s no close button so you can’t accidentally close it. To unpin a tab, right click it and choose “Unpin.”
How to group tabs
If you have a lot of tabs open at the same time, you can group related tabs to make them easier to find and organize. To group a tab, right-click it and choose “Add tab to new group.” From here, you have a lot of options to manage groups, customize them and close unwanted groups. You can learn more in our article, “How to group tabs in Google Chrome and organize your web browsing.”
Occasionally, you may want to perform an advanced search to find large files somewhere on your computer. Choose a Windows version to get started.
- Type “Show hidden” and click on the “Show Hidden Files and Folders” option.
- In the “View” tab of the window that opens, under “Files and Folders,” check “Show hidden files, folders, and drives.” Reverse this process when you’re finished.
2. Open Windows Explorer by clicking the folder icon on your taskbar.
3. Locate the search bar in the upper right. When you click it, you’ll notice a new “Search Options” tab appear at the top of the window. This will give you advanced search options.
4. Click the “Size” drop-down menu and choose the file size range you’d like to search for.
1. In the Start Menu, click the “Computer” option.
2. Click the “Windows (C)” drive to open it.
3. Click the “Organize” button in the upper left corner of the window and select “Folder and search options.”
4. Under the “General” tab, check the “Show all folders” checkbox.
4. Under the “View” tab, select the radio button “Show hidden files, folders, and drives.”
5. Click “Apply” then “OK.”
6. Make sure the “Windows (C)” drive is selected, and click in the search field in the upper right corner of the window, then click the “Size” link.
7. Click on “Gigantic (> 128 MB)” in the menu if looking for files of that size or larger. The search will take some time and show a green progress bar in the address field since it is searching the entire C: drive.