How to show three tabs side by side

Do you find yourself always switching between tabs when you’re working online? I know, I do.

Imagine this: you’re knee-deep in a Google Docs project, toggling between a Wikipedia article you’re referencing and ChatGPT for those essential rewrites and proofreading tasks. The constant tab-switching dance can be a real time-drain, right?

What if there was a way to have all these tabs open side by side, working in perfect sync, like this:

How to show three tabs side by side in your web browser.

Imagine the convenience of having everything you need right there, simultaneously boosting your efficiency. Well, in this blog post, you will learn you to put two or more websites side by side.

By the end of this tutorial, you will learn to create your setup like the one shown in the screenshot above. Let’s dive in.

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How to open two tabs side by side

Before we delve into the methods for displaying three tabs simultaneously, let’s begin by understanding how to showcase two tabs side by side.

To achieve this, we’ll be utilizing a feature known as ‘split screen,’ which comes built-in with the Microsoft Edge browser. On Windows OS, Microsoft Edge comes pre-installed; however, if you’re using MacOS, you can download it from Microsoft’s official website.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft Edge has made significant strides since the era of Internet Explorer. it runs on Chromium, the same engine that powers Google Chrome. So, all the good things about Google Chrome, including its extensions, seamlessly work on Edge. It’s definitely worth a try!

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Now, the feature we’re about to employ goes by the name “Split Screen.” It’s important to note that this is still considered an experimental feature on certain versions of Edge. To confirm whether it’s enabled on your system, press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+2, which activates the split-screen mode.

If your screen doesn’t split vertically into two sections, it means that this feature isn’t enabled on your Edge. Let’s fix this:

How to enable Split screen on Microsoft Edge

  1. Go to “Edge://flags” (Just copy and paste this in the address bar)
  2. In the search bar, search for “Split Screen”
  3. In the drop-down menu, choose ‘enabled’ instead of default. 
  4. Restart the browser.

This screenshot will help —

How to enable split screen on Microsoft Edge

After your browser restarts, go to any tab and press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+2 to open the Split Screen view.

Your browser window will split into two.

Split screen example on Microsoft Edge


A good thing about this feature is that it has native support from the browser, so when you right-click any link, it gives you an option to “open it in split screen window”.

Split screen view right click menu microsoft edge

It is super helpful as you don’t have to switch tabs to view the linked page. Nice!

Now we need to find a way to display a third tab alongside these two.

How to show three tabs side by side

To introduce a third tab into the mix, we’re going to tap into the sidebar feature that’s built right into the Edge browser.

In case the sidebar isn’t already visible on the right side of your Edge browser, here’s what you do: go to “edge://settings/sidebar” (simply copy and paste this into the address bar), and then hit Enter. Once you’re in, toggle the switch to activate the “Always show sidebar” option.

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With that configuration in place, you should now have the sidebar neatly positioned on the right-hand side of your screen.

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Now, let’s understand how to seamlessly add a website to this sidebar so you can have quick access whenever you need it.

Follow these steps:

  1. Launch the desired website in a new tab.
  2. Locate the + (plus) icon situated on the sidebar and click it.
  3. A menu will appear – select the “Add current page” button from this menu.

This screenshot will help:

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Now that you’ve smoothly added the website to your sidebar, let’s tie it all together.

Imagine you’re working in Google Docs while simultaneously referencing Wikipedia and ChatGPT. Here’s the game plan:

  1. Start by popping open Google Docs in a fresh tab and access your document.
  2. Ready for the split-screen magic? Hit Ctrl+Shift+2 to trigger the split-screen mode.
  3. Within the split-screen tab, navigate to the Wikipedia article you’re using for reference.
  4. And here comes the slick move – from the sidebar, click on the Website icon (for example, ChatGPT) to have it slide out in the sidebar.

Boom! You’ve got three tabs chilling together, side by side.

But here’s a crucial note: if you want the website in the sidebar to stay put and not vanish when you click elsewhere, you need to pin it. Otherwise, it’ll just slide back into the sidebar the moment you click somewhere else.

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the website icon in the sidebar.
  2. When the site opens up, spot the little pin icon (📌) up top and give it a click.

Your sidebar app is pinned and won’t disappear when you click elsewhere.

Keep in mind, though, that if your tab gets too narrow, the browser might switch to its mobile version. However, you can force the app in the sidebar to always show its desktop version by clicking those three dots up top and hitting the “Show desktop view” option.

And there you have it! You’re now a pro at rocking three tabs side by side. So, whether you are figuring out how to open more than two tabs side by side or just getting the hang of viewing multiple tabs side by side together, you’re all set.


How to show more than two tabs side by side in the browser?

You can open more than two tabs side by side in the Microsoft Edge browser. There’s a feature called “Split Screen” which allows you to show two tabs together. The third tab has to be opened from the sidebar of Microsoft Edge, which is also natively supported.

Is it possible to show three tabs together in Chrome?

It is possible using Microsoft Edge’s ‘Split screen’ feature and sidebar apps but isn’t possible in the Google Chrome browser.

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