How to restore Microsoft Edge “Close All Tabs” message?

By Tobenna Nnabeze | April 19, 2019 |

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Would you like to know how to restore the “close all tabs” confirmation message in the Edge browser in Windows 10? You’ve come to the right place.

Microsoft Edge comes with a “warn on close” feature that ensures you don’t mistakenly close multiple tabs.

When you open multiple tabs and click on the red Close button, a confirmation message will be displayed to let you verify. Once you’ve given your permission, the window closes along with all open tabs.

The confirmation message reads: “Do you want to close all tabs?”

Below the question, there is the “Always close all tabs” checkbox. Below it, you find the following options: “Close all” and “Cancel”.

If you click on the Cancel button, the window does not close. But if you click on the “Close all” button, the window and all the tabs open will close.

It may happen that you mistakenly (or intentionally) enable the “Always close all tabs” checkbox before clicking on the “Close all” button. If you do, Microsoft Edge will never display the confirmation message again whenever you try closing the window with multiple tabs open.

The “warn on close” feature is important since it ensures you don’t accidentally close all open tabs when you only intend closing the current tab you are on.

If you would like to discover a way to enable it, keep reading.

How to restore the “warn on close” feature in Microsoft Edge

Unfortunately, Microsoft Edge browser doesn’t come with a built-in option you can use to restore the “Do you want to close all tabs” prompt. To enable it, you have to modify your Windows 10 Registry.

Modifying the Registry is risky. If you do something incorrectly, you may cause damage that will require the reinstallation of your Windows OS before it can be fixed. It is therefore very important that you consider whether to go ahead with the Registry modification.


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If you wish to continue, follow these simple steps to enable the “warn on close” feature in Microsoft Edge on your Windows 10 PC:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog box.
  2. Type regedit in the text box and press enter or click ok to open Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main

Note: to do so, copy and paste it into the address bar of Registry Editor.

  1. Locate the AskToCloseAllTabs DWORD in the right-hand pane of the window.
  2. If the value is set to 0, double-click on it to set it to 1.

Note: If the value is set to 0, it means the “Close all tabs” confirmation message is disabled. But if it’s set to 1, it means it’s enabled.

  1. Close Registry Editor.

That’s it. Once you’ve successfully completed these steps, Microsoft Edge will begin displaying the “Close all tabs” warning anytime you try closing the window while multiple tabs are open.

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