Microsoft Edge displays preview thumbnails of websites or services open in tabs in the web browser when you hover the mouse over the tab space.
While that may be useful at times, for instance when multiple pages of a site are open that all use the same title, it may be distracting at other times.
When you hover over a tab a small thumbnail preview is displayed by Edge. This preview shows a live image of the site or service.
If you have no use for tab previews in Microsoft Edge, you may want to consider disabling the feature. The browser itself ships with no options to disable previews however.
Note: The option to turn off tab previews in Edge has been removed by Microsoft. There is currently no option to disable these previews in the web browser.
You can disable tab previews in Microsoft Edge by adding a new Dword to the Registry.
Step 1: Launch the Registry Editor
Step 2: Navigate to the TabbedBrowsing key
Use the tree structure on the left to navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\TabbedBrowsing
Step 3: Create the Dword TabPeekEnabled
Note: To enable tab previews again in Microsoft Edge at a later point in time either delete the TabPeekEnabled preference, or set its value to 1 instead.
Step 4: Test if tab previews are disabled
Restart Microsoft Edge to test if tab previews are turned off in Microsoft Edge. The browser should not display previews of tabs anymore when you hover over a tab with the mouse.
If that is not the case, retrace the steps outlined under step 3. Make sure the preference name and value are correct, and that you have created them under the right key in the Registry.
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