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    Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10

    Microsoft had announced a new Windows 10 feature called Sets (Microsoft may end up calling it something else by the time it ships) which would be coming to Windows Insiders as a controlled study. The concept behind Sets is to make sure that everything related to your task: relevant webpages, research documents, necessary files and applications, is connected and available to you in one click. Office (starting with Mail & Calendar and OneNote), Windows, and Edge become more integrated to create a seamless experience, so you can get back to what’s important and be productive, recapturing that moment, saving time – Microsoft believes that’s the true value of Sets.

    Sets: With all the elements that go into a task, sometimes convincing yourself to get started is the hardest part. Sets help you keep webpages, documents, files, and apps connected, while remaining just one click away. When you close a file that includes a group of tabs, it’ll help you bring those tabs back to life the next time you open it. Whether it’s something you pick up later in the day or in a couple weeks, Sets is being designed to help you keep the important things together.

    Add tabs to apps: To help fuel Sets, most apps will be able to add app and web tabs. When you select a link in something like an e-mail, it’ll open in a new tab next to the app you were using. Selecting the plus (+) in an app will take you to a new tab page, which will help you jump to your next location. You might already know where you want to go, or just need a little bit of inspiration. From here, you’ll be able to search your PC and the internet, access customized feeds, open frequently used websites and apps, and get suggestions based on your recent activity.

    Here are a few keyboard shortcuts you can try out:
    • Win+Ctrl+Tab – Switch to the next tab
    • Win+Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Switch to the previous tab
    • Win+Ctrl+1 through 8 – Switch to a specific tab
    • Win+Ctrl+9 – Switch to the last tab
    • Ctrl+T – Open a new tab
    • Ctrl+W – Close the current active tab

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider build 17063, Sets will be available to Insiders however because it is being introduced as a controlled study, not all Insiders will see Sets. That means a smaller percentage of you will initially get Sets in a build. It also means that some of you won’t get it at all for a while, as Microsoft compares the usage and satisfaction of task switching in Windows for people who have Sets versus people who don’t. Eventually everyone will get Sets — but it could be awhile.

    For more details about Sets, see: Introducing Sets - Windows Insider

    In Windows 10 build 17083:

    Thank you for your support of the early testing we’ve done with Sets. Your feedback helps us as we continue to develop this feature. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline as we ready RS4 for release. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it – however, Sets will return soon in a post-RS4 flight! Thanks again for feedback, and we look forward to sharing new Sets features with you soon.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17618, Sets has returned. If you are an Insider who was testing out Sets previously, you’ll find the following improvements to the experience:
    • Support for desktop (Win32) apps. Sets now supports File Explorer, Notepad, Command Prompt, and PowerShell. One of the top feature requests by Insiders has been tabs for File Explorer and with Sets you can get a tabbed File Explorer experience! Try it out with these apps and let us know what you think!
    • You can now launch apps from the new tab page by typing the app name into the search box.
    • UWP apps are launched in the same window replacing the new tab page.
    • The tab UI in Sets now shows icons including website favicons and app icons.
    • Resume your project with more control – When restoring your projects you’ll be prompted to restore related apps and webpages. In Timeline you’ll see when a project has multiple activities associated with it.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17639, the next wave of Sets improvements is here. Microsoft designed Sets to help you keep webpages, documents, files, and apps connected. They’ve been hard at work since their first wave of Sets improvements for RS5, and when you install today’s build you’ll find:
    • Drag and drop app tabs within and between Sets windows is now supported: It works just like it sounds! You can now drag an app tab around within the Set or combine tabbed app windows into Sets.
      • Note: If you open a Microsoft Edge tab outside of a Set, you can’t drag and drop it into a Sets window. Drag and drop for Microsoft Edge web tabs within Sets isn’t supported yet and you may experience a crash if this is attempted.

    • Tabs are now bubbled up in Alt + Tab: Have Photos, Microsoft Edge, and OneNote tabbed together? You can now use Alt + Tab to switch between them. Prefer to only show the primary window in Alt + Tab? There’s a new setting – more on that in just a moment…
      • Note: If you have multiple Microsoft Edge windows in a Set, only the one most recently accessed will be visible in Alt + Tab.

    • Improved Settings for Sets: Microsoft has updated the Settings for Sets via Settings > System > Multitasking. To start with, Sets now has its own section on this page, and is searchable (try typing “Sets” or “tabs” and it will appear in the dropdown). Microsoft has also added a setting to control the Alt + Tab behavior mentioned above.
    • File Explorer & Sets Improvements: Microsoft has heard your feedback – you’d like it to be easier to get two File Explorer windows grouped together, and Microsoft is working on it. To start with, you no longer need to hold CTRL on the new tab page to launch a File Explorer window in a tab (this was a temporary necessity with the last wave). Microsoft has also added a new keyboard shortcut to open a new tab when a File Explorer window is in focus: Ctrl + T. Remember, you can use Ctrl + N to open a new window, and Ctrl + W to close the window/tab. Finally, Microsoft has added some new UI for easily opening new tabs and windows in the File Menu.
    • New context menu options for tabs in Sets: If you right-click on a Sets tab, you’ll discover Microsoft has added several options for you to leverage, including “close other tabs”, “move to new window”, and “close tabs to the right”.
    • Improvements to Previous Tabs: Microsoft has done a few things to improve the experience in this space, including:
      • You can now pick and choose which Previous Tabs you want to restore, instead of only being able to restore all tabs. Note: if you use the Sets activity card in Timeline, it will automatically restore all tabs.
      • You can now restore Previous Tabs from any type of activity – whereas with the previous wave of features Microsoft only supported restoring tabs when the primary window was a document.
      • When you open a document that previously had tabs, a prompt will appear offering to restore those tabs, and the Previous Tabs button will be in the filled state. For things that aren’t documents, a prompt will not automatically appear, but you’ll know that there are tabs available to restore because the Previous Tabs button will be in the filled state.
      • Microsoft added an animation to the experience when there are no Previous Tabs available to be restored.

    Other Sets improvements and fixes based on your feedback, including:
    • Microsoft fixed an issue where the active tab color wouldn’t be visible until you hovered over it.
    • Microsoft has been working on their polish, and you’ll notice that switching between open tabs is now a lot smoother.
    • Microsoft improved the reliability when restoring tabs, fixing some issues where tabs didn’t restore as expected.
    • Microsoft fixed an issue where closing a tab in a Set then immediately opening a new tab might result in the window unexpectedly maximizing.

    Here are a few things Microsoft is still working on that aren’t quite finished / resolved yet:
    • File Explorer ribbon doesn’t stay pinned open across restart.It may take some time for the app exclude list in Sets settings to populate the first time it’s opened.
    • Sometimes it takes two tries to bring up an inactive tab from the taskbar.
    • There’s a chance that you may see an unexpected second row of tabs when you open the new tab page.
    • When you launch an app or website from the new tab page, there’s a chance focus will change to a different tab.
    • The “filled” state of the restore icon in Sets will remain filled even though you’ve restored all tabs.
    • Microsoft is aware of an issue that causes Narrator to read extra text when invoking Alt + Tab, and we’re working on a fix.
    • The new tab may sometimes open blank. Closing the tab then opening it again should resolve this issue.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Sets feature to have tabs in apps for your account in Windows 10.

    Sets is available for all Insiders who have opted in to Skip Ahead. Since Sets is an experiment, it requires a configuration setting to kick in for it to show up. If you don’t see Sets yet, try rebooting your PC.

    Enable Sets Manually in Windows 10 RS5 builds Solved - Windows 10 Forums


    • Option One: Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Settings
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) using a REG file

    EXAMPLE: Sets in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Click/tap on Multitasking on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Tabs in apps for what you want under Sets on the right side. (see screenshots below)

    3. Restart the computer to apply.

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    Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) using a REG file

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the BINARY value in the registry key below.


    Data BINARY

    02,00,00,00,51,1a,48,fb,c1,cd,d3,01,00,00,00,00,43,42,01,00,00 (hex) = On
    02,00,00,00,7a,fa,5c,b5,bd,cd,d3,01,00,00,00,00,43,42,01,00,02,00,00 (hex) = Off

    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.

     2. To Turn On Tabs in apps (Sets)

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.



     3. To Turn Off Tabs in apps (Sets)

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.



    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

    That's it,

  1.    09 Mar 2018 #1

    I merged the reg file but it doesn't appear to have worked. How do I get tabs?
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       09 Mar 2018 #2

    Hey Nick,

    It won't work unless you have Windows 10 build 17618 instead.
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  3.    09 Mar 2018 #3

    I am now on 17618.
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       09 Mar 2018 #4

    Odd. Do you have Option 1 available in Settings?
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  5.    09 Mar 2018 #5

    No, this is what it looks like:

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       09 Mar 2018 #6

    You would need to scroll down further on the right side in your screenshot to see it if there.

    MS didn't mention anything about Sets being available for only certain locations.

    As a test if you like, change your location to "United States" and/or language to "English (United States)" to see if Sets may be available after that.
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  7.    09 Mar 2018 #7

    Thanks Shawn, I'll look at that tomorrow.
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       09 Mar 2018 #8

    Anytime mate. I look forward to your findings.
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       09 Mar 2018 #9

    I just tested by switching to UK location and display language then restarting, and I still have Sets.

    I'm not sure why you don't have Sets available either.
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