How to Disable Edge Browser Tabs in Alt + Tab on Windows 10

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and the latest versions of Windows 10 have some powerful sets of features that jointly make life a lot easier for PC users.

If you’re a multitasker using insider builds of Windows 10, you may have already experienced the inclusion of Edge browser tabs in the Alt + Tab menu. And now, with the Windows 10 October 2020 Update and the latest version of Microsoft Edge, the command recognizes browser tabs as separate apps by default.

Edge browser tabs in Alt + Tab

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While the feature lets you quickly switch between apps and Edge browser tabs, it doesn’t always work for everyone. The good thing is that Microsoft made a provision for customizing or removing the browser tabs from the Alt + Tab menu in the October 2020 update.

How to Turn Off Edge Browser Tabs in Alt + Tab on Windows 10

You may want to remove browser tabs from Alt + Tab to stop the navigation nightmare this option presents. The feature works fine when you only have a couple of tabs open. But when you include browser tabs, which can be many, getting to certain items on the menu takes time.

Follow these steps to prevent Microsoft Edge browser tabs from appearing in Alt + Tab in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update:

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Go to System
  3. Select Multitasking
  4. Below the “Alt + Tab” section, choose Open windows only from the drop down menu

Next time you press Alt + Tab, no Edge browser tabs will appear.

However, the browser tabs in Alt + Tab experience isn’t that bad if you only have a couple of browser tabs open. Instead of disabling the feature, you may customize it to include only a few of the most recent sites you visited.

How to Customize the Windows 10 Edge Browser Tabs in Alt + Tab Feature

Follow these steps to show only a handful of Edge browser tabs when you press Alt + Tab in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Go to System
  3. Select Multitasking
  4. Below the “Alt + Tab” section, select the number of recent Edge browser tabs you want included in the Alt + Tab task switcher. The drop down menu offers three other options in addition to Open windows only.
  • Open windows and all tabs in Edge
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Edge

After applying any of the three options, you’ll see a maximum of 3 or 5  or all Edge browser tabs next time you invoke the Alt + Tab task switcher.

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update is a major OS upgrade, so its innovative features don’t come as a surprise to most users. But not all enhancements are excellent for you, and customizing Windows 10 experiences comes down to what works for you. Hopefully, you can now tweak the new Alt + Tab feature in the latest version of Windows to optimize your experience.

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