Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary gains quick access to pinned sites

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge now has a quick access feature for tabs on pinned websites.
  • The feature is available to a subset of Insiders and requires Canary or Dev versions of Edge.
  • The feature lets you preview open tabs when you click on a pinned set of sites.

Microsoft rolled out a new feature to test on Microsoft Edge today, quick access to tabs for pinned websites. The feature allows you to quickly see all of the open tabs when you click on a pinned set of sites in Microsoft Edge. The feature is rolling out to select Insiders and requires Microsoft Edge Insider Build 85.0.561.0 or higher, which is in the Canary and Dev channels of Edge.

This is the second improvement to Edge to recently roll out. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the ability to use ALT + TAB to navigate between apps and websites as part of Windows 10 build 10161 that rolled out to Insiders.

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Senior PM, Microsoft Edge, William Devereux showed off the feature on Twitter as well.

To use the feature, you'll have to remove and re-pin any sites you already have pinned to your Taskbar.

This was just one of the changes that rolled out in Windows 10 preview build 20175. You can read about all of the changes here.

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  • I'm sorry, I don't understand what's different or new with this feature. I have pinned sites as Apps to the Taskbar. They already (in production build of Edge) show all the windows of that pinned site/app when I hover. What's new here?
  • I think it's the individual tabs in each instance of Edge that are visible on hover.
  • Yeah, that's the difference here. Though tab preview in Taskbar is never new, this is a feature first introduced with Windows 7 with Internet Explorer integration that you can switch tabs on Taskbar. Firefox still have this feature which you just have to enable in its settings. Don't remember exactly in Chrome, but if I remember correctly there was a flag for it but later removed. So I don't exactly understand why Taskbar integration of Tabs needs an Insider build for to test, when that integration already exist in the OS and the browser just have to tap on that API. At the same time, people are still waiting for Tab Previews to be implemented in Edge which is used to be a feature in Edge UWP.
  • Oh man, I've wanted tabs to be alt-tab accessible for a long time! IIRC there was a brief time when Chrome had this feature but they took it away. (Don't know if it's there now.) I think this helps a lot. I find myself instinctively hitting alt-tab to go to my previous tab several times a week, and I end up in some other app instead.
  • For those that pin sites to the Task Bar this seems like a good thing. I never pin anything to the Task Bar or the desktop. Only to the Start screen.