Tutorial: How can I remove the tab preview from my Microsoft Edge browser

There are times when you could see Microsoft Edge’s tab preview as even offensive; especially when you don’t see the use in it. Don’t get too fiery, in this very tutorial, we will take you through a means of disabling it making some simple manipulations in the registry.

Tutorial: How can I remove the  tab preview from my Microsoft Edge browser

Although it is fair to say Microsoft Edge still has some catching up to do among its browser contemporaries. Yet it would be equally unfair to deny the immense work Microsoft has put in this browser rolling in some new features, as well as enhancements, thus sophisticating the web browser with more power efficiency.

Alright, well included in these features in the Windows 10’s default web browser is tab preview. This very feature gives the browser the capacity to show a little thumbnail (well identical to the thumbnail for apps located in the taskbar) that allows you to supposedly enjoy a peek while in course of hovering the mouse over open tabs. This way you would not need to exit your current page. But then not everyone really enjoys this, as to some it is a big discomfort. For this category of persons, we will be guiding them through how to disable this feature.

It is vital we remind you before you tweak the registry, ensure to recognize that this sort of tweaking have the possible implication of wreaking irreversible damage to your present installation when you don’t really do them the right way. Thus we critically advise you carry out a complete backup of your computer prior to starting. Alright, so no fear, now that the need for caution has been established, let us move on.

So first, you have to close Microsoft Edge.
Make use of the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut. This will now open the Run command.
Insert (by typing) regedit. After that type OK so as to open the Windows registry.

Now navigate the path prescribed below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\TabbedBrowsing

Now right-click on the right side, take New, after which you can click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

You will now do a naming of the new key, the name should be TabPeekEnabled.

Tutorial: How can I remove the  tab preview from my Microsoft Edge browser

Take OK.

You will have to double-click the created key you just created ensuring it is set to 0.

When you are through, select OK.

Tutorial: How can I remove the  tab preview from my Microsoft Edge browser

Alright, now to round up the task, you will have to close the the registry editor.

The moment you finish these steps, you can launch Microsoft Edge. So to check if all we have done has gone well, you can open several web pages. You could hover over the tabs, and if you have followed this tutorial properly, you will not see tab previews anymore. Rather what you will only see is the name of the web page. This is more of a tool tip.

There is no time restriction, at any interval you may turn on tab preview on the web browser. To do this you will have to follow the aforementioned steps, but when it comes to double-clicking the newly created key, you will now set the key from 0 to 1.

And the last thing to add here is that, these very alterations we have made to the registry may possibly get wiped off in course of a new feature update rollout; something like after you have installed your Windows 10 Anniversary Update or something resembling that.

Hope this guide was useful.


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