In the world of web browsers, there are plenty of options available to users. However, when it comes to vertical tabs, the choices are limited, with Microsoft Edge being one of the few browsers offering this layout. Vertical tabs display open tabs as a list or a column of icons, providing a more streamlined browsing experience.
While Vivaldi has been an alternative for vertical tabs, its extensive range of power-user features can make it overwhelming for some users. Now, Brave, another Chromium-based browser, has stepped up by adding vertical tabs as a native feature, eliminating the need for browser extensions.
Enabling vertical tabs in Brave is incredibly simple. Users can right-click on an existing horizontal tab and select "Use vertical tabs" from the context menu that appears at the bottom. The line of horizontal tabs at the top of the window will then transform into a vertical list on the left-hand side of the page.
For users who want to maximize their webpage viewing area, clicking on the sidebar's gray panel icon will turn the tabs into a slim strip of icons. Hovering over an icon will temporarily display the full sidebar and the name of the webpage.
While vertical tabs may not suit everyone's preferences, they can significantly enhance navigation, especially for users with ample screen space.
Brave was already an appealing Chromium browser, supporting all of Chrome's extensions while offering unique features like automatic blocking of cookie consent notices. With the addition of native vertical tabs, Brave becomes an even more enticing option, making it a viable alternative to Microsoft Edge.