There is much to Microsoft Edge than what appears. At the core of Edge is the EDGEHTML rendering engine that was developed from scratch to provide a better browser. Edge replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser in Windows 10 though IE is also present for “legacy purposes”. This post offers you some cool Edge Browser Tips and Tricks that will help you get the best of this new web browser and its features, in Windows 10.
Edge Browser Tips and Tricks
The hamburger menu, like the one in Windows Store apps, is not present in Edge. Instead, you will find three dots, called Ellipses. You click on the Ellipses to open the More actions menu that contains options to tweak Microsoft Edge. You have to click on Settings to reach the main settings. Advanced options are also to be found in a separate menu when you click on the option saying Advanced Options. Using these, you can tweak Edge settings.
1] Customize Edge browser
Edge Browser can be customized, though not as much as the Internet Explorer. If you wish to change the default settings in Edge and make it more comfortable, read our article on how to customize Edge.
2] Enable Dark Theme
By default, the color of Edge is silver-white. But Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10, allows you to set a Dark Theme. Some people prefer to use dark themes, especially at nights or in the dark, as it is considered to cause lesser strain on the eyes. Using dark themes limits the intensity, conserves battery and makes it easier to work long hours. Read Enable Dark Theme in Edge for details.
3] Change default search
The default search provider is Bing in Edge browse. But you can always change the default search engine and even add additional search engines to the browser. You can include Google or any other search engine in the list of Edge browser. You just have to open the search engine page and then go to Settings menu using the Ellipses towards the top right corner of the screen. Then follow the instructions as explained in our article on how to change Default Search to Google in Edge. The process is same for adding any search engine and search providers., provided they support Open Search.
4] Set multiple homepages
A home page is a web address that is opened automatically when you fire up your web browser. You can set your favorite website, blog or search engine as your home page or you can set a blank page too. Like all web browser, the new Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 too lets you set a single home page or multiple homepages.
5] Edge keyboard shortcuts
Edge too, like all other browsers, supports the use of keyboards to help you browse and navigate quickly. For example, you can add a website quickly to Microsoft Edge’s bookmark list. Just press CTRL+D on the keyboard and select a folder where to save the bookmark. Such browser keyboard shortcuts will help you use Edge in a smarter way.
6] Manage passwords & autofill
Edge browser lets you manage passwords in Windows 10. Although the feature is pretty basic, it is good enough and meets the purpose. Like most browsers, Edge also supports Form-fill. This feature remembers your oft-filled information and offers to fill the web forms automatically for you. More on this at Manage Passwords and Form-Fill.
7] Add a Home button
The Home button is turned off by default in Microsoft Edge as most people prefer to use the setting that allows them to start where they left in the previous session. Some of you may not find any use for the Home button, but there are others who like to have a Home button, visible on the browser interface. Edge allows you to add a Home button.
8] Import favorites into Edge
9] Customize Edge New tab page
The New tab features allow users to change the way tabs behave when they are created, and what is shown. Customize Edge New tab page to suit your requirements.
10] Make a Web Note
Edge is the only browser available till date that allows you to annotate a web page right on the screen and then save your markings as notes or send it to other users. It lets you take notes, write, highlight directly on web pages or scribble on the web. Go here to learn how to make Web Notes in Edge.
11] Use Cortana in Edge
If you have you have correctly set up Cortana in Windows 10, you can enable and use Cortana integration in Edge browser. Cortana, powered by Bing, is built directly into Windows 10. This means that things users can do with the voice assistant on Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Phones is possible in the Edge web browser.
12] Show the Favorites bar
You can show the Favorites bar using Settings menu. There is an option under Settings that says “Show Favorites Bar”. Click on the button towards ON state to display the Favorites bar. This option is not available as a context menu item, as in Internet Explorer.
13] F12 Developer Tools
In case you are interested in developing add-ons for Microsoft Edge, you might want to know about developer tools provided by Microsoft. To access the F12 Developer Tools, all you need to do is to click and open the More actions menu and select “F12 Developer tools”. This will automatically launch the tools undocked. As a Developer, you might be excited to use the Network tools. Use the to change User Agent, Mode, Display, Geolocation too.
14] Open web page in IE
If for some reason, you need to open a web page, which you have already opened in Edge, in Internet Explorer, click on More actions, and then on Open with Interner Explorer. Ie will instantly open that web page.
If you are an IE lover and want to use it, see this post on how to open Internet Explorer in Windows 10.
15] Pin Edge Browser website shortcut to Start Menu
If you visit a website frequently and would like to pin its shortcut to the Start Menu, it is simple. Just visit the website using Edge and click on the 3-dotted More actions link to open the menu. Here click on Pin to Start, and its icon will get pinned to the Start Menu. You can then resize it or choose to turn n or of live tiles.
16] Install extension in Edge browser
You can now install the extension on Edge to enhance your web browsing experience.
17] Compatibility View and Edge
Can you enable or use Compatibility View in Microsoft Edge browser?
18] Auti-Hide the address bar
Press F11 to go full-screen. The Edge address bar will auto-hide. To make it appear, simply move the mouse to to top edge.
19] There’s more!
You might want to also take a look at some of the features of Edge browser, so that you become completely familiar with all that the web browser has to offer. It talks of how to Delete browsing history and cache, Share web pages, use Reading View, create Reading List, use the built-in PDF Reader, the Hub, Sync Support, Page Prediction feature, support for Dolby Audio and more. There are also some new security features in Edge you may want to take a look at. Having done this, you might want to also take a look at and configure
Having done this, you might want to also take a look at the following:
- Configure Privacy settings in Edge browser.
- Make use of the Microsoft Edge Tips page to learn about the new features in Edge.
- See how you can create web page shortcut using Edge browser on Windows 10 desktop.
- See how to disable Web Notifications or save a web page as PDF file in Edge Browser.
- Enable TCP Fast Open in Edge to make it faster.
- Restore Edge Favorites after resetting Windows 10.
- Share a web page URL using Edge.
We will keep adding new tips and tricks for Edge browser as and when they are available in future. In case we missed anything, please share with us.
If you liked this post, you might want to check out Windows 10 Tips and Tricks too. Chrome users may want to take a look at this Google Chrome tips & tricks post and Firefox users, this Firefox tips & tricks post.