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Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

How to Use Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a new web browser, called Edge. Compared to Internet Explorer, Edge is faster, more secure, and more compliant with common web standards. Edge replaces Internet Explorer as the first app that's automatically pinned to the taskbar.

Open Edge and Search in Edge

Follow these steps to open and perform a search in Edge.

  1. Click the Edge icon.

    Edge opens its own start window, which includes news headlines and weather for your location.

  2. In the address bar, type a keyword, phrase, or website and press Enter to perform a search.
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    Press Ctrl + T to open a new tab.

    Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between open tabs.

Ask Cortana About a Web Image

For any image on a webpage, you can ask Cortana for more information about that image without leaving the page. Cortana will provide the image name, dimensions, related images, web searches with that image, places to buy the product (if applicable), and more.

  1. Click the Edge icon.
  2. In the address bar, type a website URL, and then press Enter.
  3. Right-click an image on the webpage, and then choose Ask Cortana.
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    Cortana opens and presents information about the image.

  4. Click the pin button to pin the information to your Edge window.
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    You can search the web with the image information still visible.

If you ask Cortana about another image, the new image will replace the current image, and the pane will remain pinned.

Add a Favorite Webpage

It's easy to add a website to your Favorites. Here's how you do it.

  1. Visit a website using Edge.
  2. Click the Favorites button.

    Press Ctrl + D to bookmark a page.

  3. Type a website name in the Name field.
  4. Select a location from the Save in list, to save the favorite to.
  5. Click Add.
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View Favorite Webpages

Here's how you view your favorite websites in Edge.

  1. In Edge, click the Hub button.
  2. Click the Favorites tab.

    Your favorites appear on the first tab of the menu, so you can quickly open a website.

  3. Click the favorite website you want to open.
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Change Your Startup Page

The startup page appears when you first open Edge. By default, the new tab page appears as the startup page. The new tab page contains suggested content from common websites and other places on the web. You can change the startup page to a specific page or tabs of special interest to you.

  1. Click the Edge icon.
  2. Click the More button.
  3. Choose Settings.
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    The Settings pane appears.

  4. Select A specific page or pages from the Open Microsoft Edge with list.

    Other options include:

    • Start page: The default new tab page appears.
    • New tab page: An Edge tabbed page appears.
    • Previous pages: The pages you had open the last time Edge was used appear as tabs.
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  5. Type a website URL.
  6. Click the Save button.
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  7. Click + Add new page to add additional websites.
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Each page will open as a tab in Edge.

Pin a Webpage to the Start Menu

In addition to adding a webpage to your Favorites in Edge, you can pin a favorite webpage to your Start menu as a Live Tile.

  1. Click the Edge icon.
  2. In the address bar, type a website URL, and then press Enter.
  3. Click the More button.
  4. Click Pin this page to Start.
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  5. Click Yes.
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The webpage appears as a Live Tile in your Start menu.

Use Reading Mode

Edge also introduces a distraction-free reading mode that takes an article and displays only the relevant text. In Reading Mode, there are no headers, sidebars, ads, or other content to distract you from the article. The article text also appears in a large, easy-to-read font. Please keep in mind that Reading Mode may not be available on all webpages.

  1. Click the Edge icon.
  2. In the address bar, type a website URL, and then press Enter.
  3. Click the Reading Mode button to turn on Reading Mode.
  4. Click the Reading Mode button again to turn off Reading Mode.
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Add a Webpage to the Reading List

Edge also includes a Reading List that you can use to save an article for later. Currently, you need to be online to view the Reading List, but Microsoft promises to make offline reading available as a feature in the future.

  1. Click the Edge icon.
  2. In the address bar, type a website URL, and then press Enter.
  3. Click the Favorites button.
  4. Click Reading list button.
  5. Click Add.
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Now, you can come back to the article later.

View the Reading List

Follow these steps to view the Reading List.

  1. Click the Hub button.
  2. Click the Reading list button.

    Everything you've added to the Reading List shows up here. Just click a saved article to load it.

  3. Click the article you want to read.
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Remove a Favorite or Article

It's as easy to remove favorites and Reading List articles as it was to add them.

  1. Click the Hub button.
  2. Click one of the following:
    • Star tab<: Delete a favorite.
    • Reading list tab: Delete a Reading List article.
  3. Right-click the favorite or article, and then select Delete.
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Create a Web Note

Edge has another feature that separates it from Internet Explorer the ability to mark up a page as a web note and share it.

  1. Click the Add Notes button.
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  2. Use the drawing tools in the toolbar to mark up the page.
  3. When you're done writing on the page, click the Save button so your notes can be saved for viewing later.
  4. Specify where you want to save your notes.
    • OneNote
    • Favorites
    • Reading List
  5. Click Save.
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This table includes web note drawing tools available to you and what they do.

Drawing Tool Description
Microsoft EdgePan Drag content not in your current view.
Microsoft EdgePen Draw on the page.
Microsoft EdgeHihglighter Highlight text on the page.
Microsoft EdgeEraser Erase any mark-ups.
Microsoft EdgeAdd Typed Note Add a typed note on the page.
Microsoft EdgeClip Copy a portion of the page.

Share a Web Note

Here's how you share a web note.

  1. Click the Share button from the web note.

    Press Windows 10+ H to share a screenshot.

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    Press + H to share a screenshot.

  2. Choose an app.
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  3. Click Send.
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Add Browser Extensions

A browser extension extends your web browser by adding and integrating features into your web browsing experience.

Edge supports the following browser extensions:

  • Microsoft Translator: Translates text and speech into 50 different languages.
  • OneNote Clipper: Save content from the web into OneNote.
  • Mouse Gestures: Use your mouse to navigate through webpages without using toolbar buttons.
  • Pin It Button: Quickly pin recipes, photos, etc. to a Pinterest board.
  • Reddit Enhancement Suite: Enhance your Reddit experience with access to your Reddit dashboard and settings console, the ability to subscribe to comment threads, and much more.
  1. In Edge, click the More button.
  2. Select Extensions.
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  3. Click Explore more extensions.
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  4. In the Search field, type an extension to search for.
  5. Click the extension.
  6. Click the Get button.
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  7. Click Launch after the extension downloads.

    Edge opens, and a pop-up appears.

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  8. Click Turn it on from the pop-up to use the extension.
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The extension is added to the browser window. It can be adjusted by clicking More and then selecting Extensions in Edge.

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