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Microsoft working on 'Search tabs' feature in Edge Canary

Edge Dev Hero 2020 Newfeature
Edge Dev Hero 2020 Newfeature (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A "Search tabs" feature was spotted in Microsoft Edge Canary earlier this year.
  • The option can now appear in the tab actions menu if you enable it with a command line flag.
  • Microsoft also made some slight visual changes to the search tabs menu.

Microsoft hasn't officially announced or rolled out the option to search tabs in its Edge browser, but the company appears to be working on it. Reddit user Leo Varela discovered that it's possible to add "Search tabs" to the tab actions menu in Edge Canary. To make the feature appear, you have to enable it using a command line flag.

The option to search tabs has been in the works for months but appears to be in its early stages of testing. Varela managed to enable it back in February 2021 through a command line flag. Note that a command line flag is different than using edge://flags.

Source: Leo Varela via Reddit (Image credit: Source: Leo Varela via Reddit)

When you click on the option to search tabs, a menu pops up in the middle of the browser. The menu doesn't expand from the tab actions menu or from the taskbar, though its placement will likely change to something more natural.

Source: Leo Varela via Reddit (Image credit: Source: Leo Varela via Reddit)

Microsoft also tweaked the design of the tab search menu a bit. The new menu, shown above on the right, has a square hover effect on the button to close a tab. This lines up better with the rest of Edge Canary.

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1 Comment
  • Chrome already has this feature. I'm not sure if it's still dependant on enabling in the Chrome flags section - I already have had it enabled for months. I also don't know if it's actually Chrome that has the feature, or Chromium. If Chromium, then Edge should already have the feature, or be able to without much work on Microsoft's part.