February 3, 2023

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Microsoft Edge will soon let you share two tabs in a single window

Microsoft has started testing a new split-screen feature for Edge that lets you compare two tabs side-by-side. The feature was first spotted by Leopeva64-2 on Reddit and is available in an experimental flag in the beta, dev and canary versions of Microsoft Edge. Once enabled, a new button will appear next to the address bar, allowing you to split an Edge window into two separate tabs side by side.

While Windows already lets you compare tabs side-by-side by dragging a tab and then using the built-in Windows split views to place them side-by-side, this can be difficult to achieve unless you drag the tab all the way along the right or left side of your monitor. This built-in split view in Edge makes it easier with a single click without having to rearrange your tabs or open a new browser window.

Once you split existing tabs into a single window, a single tab is created with the combined web pages. That means you can create multiple split tabs in Edge and navigate through them. You can also pin, duplicate, or add these side-by-side tabs to groups just like you would with regular tabs. This makes this feature very useful if you regularly compare documents or websites.

Vivaldi offers a similar feature with its tab tiling option, which even includes stacking up to four tabs in different layouts in a single window. Microsoft Edge is currently limited to only two tabs side by side. Microsoft is also currently testing this in macOS and Linux and will offer a better window management feature for browser tabs outside of Windows.