How to close tabs in Microsoft Edge with double click

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Microsoft Edge now lets you close tabs faster with a double click option. Firefox and Vivaldi allow doing that. Microsoft has added the convenience to Edge and turned it off by default, here is how you can enable and close tabs in Microsoft Edge with a double click.

Normally, to close a tab in Micorsoft Edge, you’ll hover the mouse over the active or focused tab and click on the close button. Or, you can also use the Ctrl+W shortcut. You can restore the last closed tab like this with the Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut.

You can also close the tab with a middle click by pressing on the mouse wheel. But that requires more muscle memory and not everyone has a mouse wheel that supports the middle click.

Sometimes, the tab close button doesn’t appear when too many tabs open and when sleeping tabs are enabled, they get faded out making interacting with them or clicking on the cross button more difficult. This requires another option to close tabs.

Users asked Micorsoft to add the ability to close tabs via a double click, Micorsoft has evaluated the community requests and their pain points and added it to Edge finally.

An easy and quick way to close the tab with a double click.

There is also a chance for users to accidentally close a tab by clicking twice while switching between tabs.

The double click to close tabs should be provided as an option and disabled by default.

Users who required this feature can toggle in settings and makes use of it. As of now, Micorsoft Edge is doing the same by making its feature opt-in in accessibility settings.
How to close tabs in Microsoft Edge double click

How to close tabs in Microsoft Edge with a double click

  1. Click on the ellipsis icon
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click on Accessibility
  4. Under “Make Microsoft edge easier to use
  5. Enable the “Use double-click to close browser tabs” setting.
    Enable double click option to close tabs Microsoft Edge

From now onwards (no restart required), whenever you click twice on the tab with the mouse left button, the tab will close.

Note: The feature is currently being tested in Microsoft Edge 105. According to the Edge release schedule, Edge version, 105 is expected to be available to the public in the “week of 01-Sept- 2022”.

Like other features, this feature may be incorporated into Microsoft Edge after considering user feedback.

Final words:

Microsoft Edge now offers a double-click option to close tabs. The feature is optional and disabled by default.

What’s your take on this? Do you like clicking twice on a tab to close in Edge? Is this a convenience or annoyance or not necessary at all? Let us know in the comment below.

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