Screenshot of Edge with Mica on Windows 11 | Image Courtesy: WindowsLatest.com.
- Microsoft Edge received an update that inadvertently activated the tablet-friendly “touch mode” on Windows 11 and 10 desktops, making UI elements like tabs and icons more spaced.
- While the “touch mode” is designed to improve the browsing experience on tablets and 2-in-1 devices, the accidental activation on standard desktops frustrated many users due to the enlarged tabs and increased spacing.
- Users can manually revert these changes by going to Settings > Appearances and disabling Edge’s “Touch mode” option. Microsoft’s intention to enhance tablet browsing is clear, but they need to ensure such updates don’t negatively impact desktop users.
Today, I opened Microsoft Edge on my desktop and was in for a surprise. The browser was updated and looked different. The buttons widened, the space between favourites or bookmarks pinned to the toolbar increased, and the tabs were further apart. That’s not what you’d expect on a desktop, right?
You’re not alone if your Microsoft Edge looks different with broader elements or increased spacing/padding between tabs, favourites, or sidebar. The tech giant accidentally force-enabled the tablet-friendly mode of Microsoft Edge on desktops running Windows 11 and 10.
On Windows, Microsoft Edge has a lesser-known feature, “touch mode”, that allows you to make the browser more touch-friendly. When the feature is enabled, spaces between various UI elements of Microsoft Edge, such as buttons,…