Introducing Sets in Windows 10

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    Introducing Sets in Windows 10

    Introducing Sets in Windows 10

    Last Updated: 14 Jan 2018 at 11:32

    One of the biggest digital challenges today is pulling together that ideal mix of apps and websites to complete everything from writing a report for work to planning a weekend getaway. Finding time to work on these things often falls into an unpredictable schedule that gets interrupted by other commitments. Oftentimes there is nothing more frustrating than pulling up files, websites, notes, and apps, only to be pulled away to something else. It can be like a never-ending game of musical chairs.

    This Insider Preview build 17063 will hopefully set the stage as we try to make starting, stopping, and continuing complex tasks a painless activity with a new feature we call Sets.

    The basics

    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, we’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.

    How you can help

    This is new territory for us, so we’re excited to get your feedback from the start. Your input will play a key role in how we’ll craft this experience and we’re looking forward to seeing where this collaboration takes us.

    Hit us with any opinions and suggestions about Sets that you can dream up. One of the best ways to contribute is using Quests found in the Feedback Hub. Remember that this is a controlled study, so not all Insiders will see Sets.

    More info on this approach can be found on the Windows Insider Program blog.

    What you will see in the December release

    • Modern apps can add web tabs
    • Sets of tabs will automatically save with most files and will automatically restore the next time you open them
    • App tabs can be dragged out of a Set
    • The new tab page will allow you to search the web, access frequently visited websites, and browse a news feed

    What we’re targeting for future releases

    • Desktop apps and File Explorer will be able to add tabs
    • Tabs can be merged together
    • Web tabs can be dragged out of a Set
    • You will be able to control what tabs you restore when launching a Set
    • Timeline integration
    • The new tab page will allow local search, show frequently visited apps, and include additional feeds
    • The new tab page will be able to launch apps in a new tab


    We created some keyboard shortcuts for Sets. Some might be challenging, so we welcome your feedback.

    Shortcuts Action
    Win+Ctrl+Tab Switch to the next tab
    Win+Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switch to the previous tab
    Win+Ctrl+W Close the active tab
    Win+Ctrl+1 through 8 Switch to a specific tab
    Win+Ctrl+9 Switch to the last tab
    Win+Ctrl+T Open a new tab

    Throughout this process we’ve put a lot of effort into making Sets easy to use for everyone. We expect to have Narrator support soon and screen-reader functionality is on the horizon as well.

    If you’re currently using Ease of Access tools and don’t want this experience, you can turn it off in Settings. Select the Start button, then select Settings > System > Multitasking > Uncheck Tabs in apps.

    Source: Introducing Sets - Windows Insider

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    19 Dec 2017

  1. Posts : 61,918
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Does anyone have this feature available yet?
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  2. Posts : 5,184
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 21H2

    It has not appeared in either of my two insider builds I use but I figured that was just because I am in the UK.
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  3. Posts : 983
    Windows 7/64 Professional

    I don't have it and I fully updated using 1709.

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  4. Posts : 5,833
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro

    Brink said:
    Does anyone have this feature available yet?
    Have you gotten it yet, Shawn? I would think MVPs would be their choice to test.
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  5. Posts : 61,918
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    I haven't gotten it yet.
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  6. Posts : 5,833
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro

    I haven't seen any members that have yet. Performing a search of Sets in the Hub gets a lot of hits.
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  7. Posts : 5,184
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 21H2

    I appear to have the Sets feature in the latest build 17074. Looks to be working and I can see that all the apps I currently have working together are in Tabs in a window that is a bit like an Edge browser window.
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  8. Posts : 12,485
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    I'm getting 17074 now on one IP computer, check the other later today.
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  9. Posts : 5,833
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro

    I received Sets in my last IP build 17063 on my main ASUS tower, but not the Acer. Same thing with the new build 17074. I've concluded out of this that it's not related to an Insider account, but may be the resources/power of the machine? Not sure. It is heavy on resources.
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