Getting the most out of Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge, the new browser in Windows 10, is designed to deliver a better web experience. It’s faster, safer, and more productive—designed to work the way you do and help you get things done through easy sharing, reading, discovery, and more.
Browsing with Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge makes it easier to search and browse the web. Just enter a URL or search term in the handy address bar. You’ll be redirected to your site or get search suggestions and results from the web, your browsing history, and your favorites—all right on the spot.
Figure 1. Searching from the address bar.
Using the Hub
Think of the Hub as the place where Microsoft Edge keeps the things you collect on the web—including your favorites, reading list, browsing history, and current downloads.
To open the Hub, select Hub .
To change views, select a button at the top of the Hub: Favorites , Reading List , Browsing History , or Downloads .
Figure 2. The Hub and its buttons.
Making Web Notes
Microsoft Edge is the only browser with built-in inking that lets you take notes, write, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages. You can add a few secret ingredients to a recipe to share with your fellow amateur chefs, collaborate on a new project with your coworkers, or have fun with your kids—and then save your Web Note for later or share it with others.
Figure 3. Making Web Notes
Select Make a Web Note to display the Web Note toolbar, and then you can:
Select Draw to draw on the page. When the Draw tool is active, select it again to adjust color or tool size.
Select Highlight to highlight content on the page. When the Highlight tool is active, select it again to adjust color or tool shape.
Select Erase to erase everything you’ve added using the Draw and Highlight tools. When the Erase tool is active, select Erase again and select Erase All.
Select Add a typed note to add a comment, select the place on the page where you want to anchor the comment, and then enter the comment.
Select Clip to clip part of a page, and then drag to select the region of the webpage you want to clip. Release your finger or mouse, and then to save, share, or copy what you clipped, select the Save button that appears next to the clipped region.
When you’re done creating a Web Note, you can:
Select Save on the Web Note toolbar to save the Web Note to your Favorites, Reading List, and OneNote.
Select Share on the Web Note toolbar to share the Web Note via OneNote or to your Reading List.
Select Exit on the Web Note toolbar to close it and return to the normal view.
Getting around with Cortana
Only Microsoft Edge has Cortana, your personal digital assistant, right in the address bar. She's there to help you do things faster and easier—like make reservations and get at-a-glance directions to the perfect dinner spot.
When Cortana has information that may be useful, you’ll see the Cortana icon in the Microsoft Edge address bar—just select it and Cortana will show you details on the right side of the screen. Click anywhere on the web page to close the details pane.
Figure 4. The Cortana icon in the address bar.
Figure 5. Cortana returns relevant content in a pane on the right.
Ask Cortana about content on a webpage
Select a word, phrase, or image on the webpage.
Press and hold (or right-click) the selected content, and then select Ask Cortana.
Cortana appears on the right side of the screen with information that may be useful.
Figure 6. A selected word or phrase, and the results from Cortana on the right.
Making a Reading List
Reading List gives you a place to save content that you want to read later.
Create a Reading List
To save content to a Reading List, select the Favorites icon > Reading List > Add.
When you’re ready to read what you’ve saved, go to the Hub , and then select Reading List .
Figure 7. The Reading List, shown under the Hub.
How to turn on roaming for your Reading List and Favorites
Your Reading List and Favorites will roam across your PC and Windows 10 Mobile devices when you are connected using your Microsoft account (Outlook.com, Live.com, or Hotmail.com).
Select More in the upper right corner.
Switch the toggle under Sync to On.
Saving a site as a Favorite is a simple way to remember sites you like and want to visit often. The latest version of Microsoft Edge introduces some new Favorites functionality that customers have been requesting.
Right-click on the Favorites Bar to select new menu options:
Streamline your Favorites Bar by choosing to Show icons only.
Rename items on your Favorites Bar.
Create new folders to organize your Favorites.
If you would prefer to remove browsing data, you can select More, then Settings, then Choose what to clear under Clear browsing data. After selecting options for data you want to remove, you can select Clear to remove the data one time, or you can select Always clear this when I close the browser.
Using “Paste and go” and “Paste and search”
With the new Paste and go feature, you can copy any link into your clipboard, right-click in the address bar, and choose Paste and go from the context menu. Microsoft Edge pastes the URL into the address bar and navigates to the site. If you copy something other than a link to your clipboard, you will instead see Paste and search, which will launch a web search instead.
Saving a Favorite
Go to a website you want to add as a Favorite.
On the toolbar, select (Add to Favorites or Reading List).
The name of the page appears in the Name box, but you can change it to something more friendly.
By default, your new Favorite is created in the Favorites folder, but you can put it on the Favorites bar, in a custom Favorites folder, or select Create a new folder and then save it there.
After Microsoft Edge has been updated, the first time you use it a welcome page appears that guides you through the steps of importing your Favorites. To import Favorites later, follow these steps.
If Favorites is not shown, select (the Hub), and then select Favorites.
Choose the browser from which you want to import your Favorites.
Downloading and uploading
Microsoft Edge has some new features and improvements to the download and upload experiences:
You can drag and drop a file to upload to sites, such as OneDrive for Business or SharePoint.
You can save an image on a page by right-clicking and selecting Save picture as.
You can save a link or other types of items on a page by right-clicking and selecting Save target as.
When you download a file from the web, after the download is complete you can select Open folder to see the contents of the download destination folder.
To change your download settings, click More > Settings > View advanced settings, then select Change under the Downloads header.
Using tabs with Microsoft Edge
Improvements to Microsoft Edge make it easier to see what is on other tabs at a glance, open a new window, and stop annoying loops of new windows and dialog boxes from malicious websites. If you have a touchscreen, new swipe navigation features make it possible for you to swipe left or right to navigate forward and backward through your browser history.
If you have multiple tabs open in your browser, it can be challenging to keep track of what is on each tab. Microsoft Edge introduces tab preview—when you hover or move your pointer over a tab other than the one that is currently active, Microsoft Edge shows you a thumbnail preview of the content on that tab.
Figure 8. Hover over a tab to see a preview.
Viewing your Tab history
You can right-click the Back button to see your tab history.
Pin a tab
To pin a tab, right-click the tab and select Pin.
Opening new Microsoft Edge windows with ease
Need a new Microsoft Edge window? Just move your pointing device over the Microsoft Edge icon on the Windows taskbar, and click the middle button (on a three-button mouse or trackpad) or tap the scroll wheel on your mouse, and a new window opens.
Using Reading View
Microsoft Edge includes an integrated Reading View, which provides a clean and simple layout to help you stay focused on the content.
Select Reading View in the address bar to use this feature. If Reading View isn’t available for a particular webpage, the button will be dimmed.
To adjust Reading View style and font size, select More > Settings.
Figure 9. A web page in Reading View.
Using the PDF reader in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge includes a built-in PDF reader, so you won’t need to download a separate PDF reader app.
Figure 10. A PDF document in the built-in PDF reader.
PDF supports Ask Cortana
In addition to being available on a webpage, you can find Cortana when you are reading a PDF document in Microsoft Edge. Just right-click or press and hold on a word or phrase, and then select Ask Cortana.
The PDF reader toolbar brings commands front and center
Now, common PDF commands like Zoom, Print, Save, and the page controls are easy to find and use on a new toolbar.
Figure 11. PDF reader toolbar.
Opening webpages with Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge uses a new rendering engine to help you get the most out of modern webpages. If a page doesn’t look quite right in Microsoft Edge, you can open the same page with Internet Explorer—just select More > Open with Internet Explorer.
Figure 12. Open with Internet Explorer.
Getting and loading Microsoft Edge extensions
Microsoft Edge is already great for browsing the web, nut now you can add extensions to do even more. Extensions are add-on apps you can get from the Windows Store to add features to your browser.
Some of the functionality that extensions can provide:
Interact in new ways with Microsoft Edge. The Mouse Gestures extension lets you close a tab or refresh a page with a right-click and a flick of the mouse.
Add buttons to do things on a particular page. Some extensions have buttons that only appear in the address bar when it makes sense. For example, the Translator extension will display a button when you visit a foreign-language webpage. Clicking on the button will instantly translate the content to your Windows language.
Change the content of webpages you visit. Some extensions, such as those that block advertisements, work quietly in the background to change the content of the websites your visit.
In the Extensions pane, all installed extensions will be listed, or you can visit the Store to get additional ones. To find extensions and add them to your browser, select More > Extensions > Get extensions from the Store.
Install the extensions you want, then switch back to Microsoft Edge and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on the extensions.
To keep your extensions front and center, select More and you’ll see icons for some of your extensions at the top of the menu. Right-click (or press and hold) the icon, and select Show next to address bar.
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