Microsoft launched its brand-new browser, Microsoft Edge with the release of Windows 10. In March 2015, Microsoft announced the release of IE version 11 and confirmed that it will be the last update for Internet Explorer. Microsoft is slowly wrapping up support for Internet Explorer and encouraging users to use Edge over Internet Explorer. However, it seems most users still prefer Internet Explorer to Edge. One reason might be the natural mental block to try something new when you have a perfectly working browser like Internet Explorer.
Reasons to start using Edge browser over IE
- Edge browser is one of the fastest browsers in the browser market. The browser is still evolving. Microsoft is adding more updates to make it better with every update.
- Edge browser comes with a minimal simple interface like the popular Google Chrome.
- Edge browser supports more of the latest web standards better than Internet Explorer. Web pages look better in Edge than IE.
- Edge browser is more secure as Microsoft incorporated many features to make it secure.
Here are some tips to use Edge browser
Select between Dark and White theme
Some users prefer the browser to have a light background and some prefer a dark background so that webpage appears brighter. It all depends on viewer preference.
Click More > Settings > Choose a theme > Select the theme of your choice - Light or Dark
It’s possible that Microsoft may add more options inside the theme.
Import Favorite and Bookmarks
Open Edge > More (three dots on the right side) > Settings > View Favorites settings > Select a browser > Click Import.
You don’t have to download any favorite file and import it to a new browser. Edge will automatically do it for you from the supported browsers. Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox are currently supported.
To view the imported favorites
Open Edge > click Hub (represented by 3 horizontal lines) > Click the star for favorites > You can now see individual folder showing Imported from a different browser.
Change Search Engine
Since Bing is Microsoft’s search engine, it is set as default search engine. If you prefer a different search engine, you can set it in Edge.
Open Edge > More > Settings > View advanced settings > Scroll down to Change search engine >
Browse in private
All modern browsers support browsing in private. Using private mode prevent cookies from getting downloaded and also protect the details of visited websites and login information. Edge also supports private browsing. It ensures that your browsing history and browser habits will remain private.
Open Edge > click More > select New InPrivate window.
It is common that we come across the interesting webpage and wants to share it with others. Edge browser provides a straightforward solution to share a page.
Navigate to a webpage that needs to be shared > click Share button (represented by three circles inside the ring) > Select the App from a list.
By default, you don’t have many options in the list. You can install Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites from Microsoft Store. It will now show in the list.
Use Reading View
Some web pages perform poorly because of bad reading quality. The quality is reduced by the poor website design and the numerous ads that are placed poorly. If you would like to read contents from such sites, use the Reading view. In Reading view, all you see is headlines, text, and images associated with the text. It offers better reading quality.
Open a webpage > click on Reading view (represented by a picture of an open window)
Sometimes, a user might like to highlight text and annotate pictures. Make note feature helps a user to highlight text and draw a picture using the mouse button.
Open webpage > click Make a Web Note > A bar will appear on top with the pen, highlighter, eraser, add a note, clip etc.
Click appropriate tool and use the mouse button to make changes on the webpage. After making the change, save it to use later.
Save articles to read later
While browsing web pages, you might find interesting articles that you may want to read it for later. You can add these articles to your reading list
Open a website article > click Star icon for favorites > click Reading list > click Add to save the article to the reading list.
To open reading list
Click Hub button > click Reading list icon on the top > all the saved reading list will be listed inside.
Flash was once used to display videos and animation in web pages. It was popular once, but not anymore because of the numerous loopholes and bugs in the program. Most webmasters now stay away from using Flash. However, some websites still use Flash. It is recommended to disable Flash in the browser as an added security.
Open Edge > click More > Settings > View advanced settings > Turn off Use Adobe Flash Player
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