Enabling a Warning before Closing Multiple Edge Tabs

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated July 19, 2021)

Tabbed browsing is very helpful with reducing the number of windows you need on your screen as your surf the web. As you get more used to using tabbed browsing, you may find yourself having multiple tabs open on your system during any given web session. While this is helpful, it can be problematic if you close a browser window in Microsoft Edge Chromium with multiple tabs open; Edge will close the additional tabs of the window without you possibly wanting them all closed.

Edge has a feature that you can enable that will alert you when you attempt to close a window with multiple open tabs. To enable warnings before you close multiple tabs, follow these simple steps:

  1. With Edge open, in the search bar, enter (without quotes) "edge://settings/appearance" and then press Enter. Edge displays the Appearance settings for the program.
  2. Scroll down and click the toggle for "Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs." This enables the feature.
  3. Continue surfing the web or close Edge. The setting takes effect immediately.

With this setting enabled, every time you try to close an Edge browser window with multiple tabs, Edge will alert you. It displays a simple popup box that asks, "Do you want to close all tabs?" with three options: " Cancel" or "Close All," and a "Don't Ask Again" checkbox. Choose "Cancel" if you want to look through the tabs and see if one needs to stay open. Selecting "Close all" causes Edge to immediately close all the open tabs associated with the window. The last option, the check box next to "Don't Ask Again," turns the feature off. If you click this option by accident, repeat the steps above to reactivate the alert.

 This tip (13885) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...


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