Windows 10’s default browser is Microsoft Edge. Compared to other web browsers, Microsoft Edge’s is more on the clean and minimalistic side, more so physically than technically. Because when it comes to speed browsing, Edge is up there as well. Microsoft Edge also has some great features. For example, it has an eBook and PDF reading capability that blocks out interference to give you only the best reading experience. The cons though are that some websites don’t open in Microsoft Edge. If you work with a lot of extensions, there isn’t much in Microsoft Edge. You also won’t get a history search.
If you want to find out how to use Edge if you haven’t already, this will be your tour.
But first, you will want to block cookies, pop-ups, and trackers. To do this, click the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the screen and click Settings.
Scroll down and click ‘View advanced settings’. Make sure the following three switches are all set to ‘On’: ‘Block pop-ups’, ‘Send Do Not Track requests’ and ‘Block only third-party cookies’.
Did you know that you can import bookmarks?
Microsoft Edge should be able to import from other internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox directly (click the Hub button, select ‘Favourites’ and click ‘Import Favourites’), but Firefox doesn’t always show up.
If this happens, export your bookmarks from Firefox as a HTML file, then import them into Internet Explorer. Import them into Edge using the Internet Explorer option.
By default, Bing is the search engine in Edge. But you can always change this. Just head on to Settings again.
When you search in Microsoft Edge it uses Bing by default, but you can switch to another search engine that supports the OpenSearch standard.
Visit the search engine in question – for example, google.co.uk. Then click ‘…’, choose ‘Settings > View advanced settings’ and click the Bing menu, go to ” from the menu. Select your engine and click ‘Add as default’.
Not a fan of Cortana? Remove it.
When Cortana is enabled, she’s automatically integrated into Edge too, providing suggestions based on your current browsing and searches.
If you’d like to disconnect Cortana from Edge without disabling her completely, click the ‘…’ button in Edge and choose ‘Settings > View advanced settings’, then flick the ‘Get Cortana to assist me in Microsoft Edge’ switch to ‘Off’.
Love reading online? Then Microsoft Edge is for you.
Microsoft Edge’s distraction-free Reading View displays pages on a pale yellow background with a large, readable font. Want to change this? Click the ‘…’ button, choose ‘Settings’ and scroll down to the Reading section.
Click ‘Reading view style’ to choose a background colour (light, medium or dark – or white, grey and black) and ‘Reading view font size’ to select a different sized font.
Take control of what you read.
Edge features a button that allows you to bookmark interesting articles for reading later via the star button on the main toolbar (select ‘Reading List’, rename it if necessary and click Add).
Review your reading list via the hub button – choose ‘Reading List’ to browse the list, then when you’re finished with a specific article, right-click it and choose ‘Remove’.
Make the bookmarks bar and home button more accessible.
Store frequently accessed bookmarks in the Favourites bar folder, then open Settings and flick the ‘Show the favourites bar’ switch to On.
Restore the Home button by switching ‘Show the home button’ on at ‘… > Settings > View advanced settings’. Change ‘about:start’ to ‘about:blank’ for a blank page or your desired home page’s web address, then click ‘Save’.
Share what you have just read.
Edge allows you to both annotate and then share web pages with others. Click the ‘Web note’ button and use the various tools to frame and annotate your page.
Once done, click ‘Save’ to save the note in OneNote or place it in your Favourites or Reading List. Click ‘Share’ to share it using a supported Store app like Facebook or Twitter, which you should install separately.
Some websites will not open in Edge. That is because it only has one plug-in. And that is when you can open it through Internet Explorer. Remember Internet Explorer?
Edge only supports one plugin – Adobe Flash – so some websites may not work properly. If this is the case, click ‘…’ and choose ‘Open with Internet Explorer’.
And if you’d rather make IE your default browser click ‘Start > Settings > System > Default apps’. Scroll down to Web browser, click ‘Microsoft Edge’ and choose Internet Explorer (or another installed browser) instead.
Microsoft Edge can still make your surfing and browsing experience great. To make your computer usage better for your data, take action when you experience problems in your hard drive or other storage.