Microsoft Edge recently enabled support for extensions, and it is now becoming a more popular choice of a web browser. There are even those who would consider switching from the RAM guzzling Google Chrome to this more efficient Internet browsing application. One feature wherein many does love or hate is the pop-up preview you get whenever you hover your mouse pointer over to a tab. For those who find this as an annoyance, it might be a bit disappointing to know that there is no easy option for you to disable this. However, you can do it with a simple tweak to your computer’s Registry files.
Turning Off Tab Previews in Microsoft Edge
Step 1 – In order to turn off the tab previews in Microsoft Edge, you would have to make a slight adjustment in one setting found in your Windows computer’s Registry. Because you are going to make a change to the operating system’s Registry, as a standard warning, regedit is a very powerful tool, and misusing it can render the entire system unusable. Therefore, only edit what you need to change and leave every other thing the way they were. You should also definitely back up the Registry and your computer as well before making any changes.
Step 2 – With that being said and done, open the Registry Editor by going to the Start menu and typing in “regedit” without the quotes. Press the Enter key on your keyboard, and you will be able to open up the Registry Editor. Make sure to give it permission to make changes to the system.
Step 3 – Inside Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate towards the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\TabbedBrowsing. You’re going to add a new value in the next step to disable the tab previews in the Edge browser.
Step 4 – For the next step, you will have to create and name a new value found inside the TabbedBrowsing key. Do a right click on the TabbedBrowsing folder and a menu will pop out. In this small menu, choose New, and then DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this new value as “TabPeekEnabled” without the quotes. Then, when it appears in the panel to the right, double-click on this new value to open its properties window.
Step 5 – In the value’s properties window, enter the number “0” in the “Value data” box as this will disable the tab previews in Microsoft Edge. Hit OK once you’re done. After doing this, the tab previews in the browser will no longer work. If you want to enable this again, head on back to this value in regedit and change the Value Data to 1.
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