How to Enable or Disable Double-click to close browser tabs in Microsoft Edge

This article explains the steps one can take to turn on or off double-click to close browser tabs in the Microsoft Edge browser.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. Users are allowed to switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

By default, when you have a tab open in the Microsoft Edge browser, you must select and click the X button at the right to close the tab. You can also right-click on the tab and select Close to close a tab.

If you want to prevent the accidental closure of multiple tabs, then turn on a feature to prompt you before closing multiple tabs.

This post shows you how to also enable or disable double-click to close a tab when using the Microsoft Edge browser.

Turn on or off double-click to close a tab in the Microsoft Edge browser

As described above, there are multiple ways to close a tab in the Microsoft Edge browser. You can also enable or disable double-click a tab to close it, and the steps below show you how.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

Next, click on Appearance on the left menu.

microsoft edge settings appearance
microsoft edge settings appearance

On the Settings -> Appearance settings pane, under the Customize browser section, toggle the button on the tile that says “Use double-click to close browser tab” to On or Off.

Microsoft Edge browser double click to close browser tabs
Microsoft Edge browser double-click to close browser tabs

If off, Edge the browser tabs will not close when you double-click. If enabled, the browser tabs will close when you double-click.

Turn on or off double-click to close browser tabs in Edge

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry to turn on or off double-click to close browser tabs in Microsoft Edge.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
microsoft edge show or hide the sidebar via the registry

On the right pane of the Edge folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type an item named DoubleClickCloseTabEnabled.

Double-click the new item name (DoubleClickCloseTabEnabled) and enter the Value data of 1 to enable double-click to close a browser tab.

Value data of 0 will disable double-click to close a browser tab.

Microsoft Edge browser double click to close browser tabs registry
Microsoft Edge browser double click to close browser tabs registry

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable double-click to close browser tabs in the Microsoft Edge web browser. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.