How to use Microsoft Edge

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How to use Microsoft Edge
The codename for Microsoft Edge is Spartan.

Microsoft launched their new flagship browser dubbed Microsoft Edge as the default browser in the new Windows iteration. The new browser promises an impressive interface and faster browsing. Before you start using the new browser, it is very important to know the basics. Hence, we have come up with this simple how to guide to help you make the most out of the all-new Edge. Let’s have a look:

1. Import bookmarks

Step 1
Microsoft Edge lets you import from other internet browsers such as, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. For this:

  • Click on the Hub button
  • Select Favorites
  • Click Import Favorites

You might find some difficulty with Firefox. In such case, export bookmarks from Firefox as a HTML file and then import them to Internet Explorer. Now by using Internet Explorer option, import bookmarks into Microsoft Edge.

2. Change default search engine

Step 2
Microsoft Edge uses Bing as the default search engine but, you can change your default search engine at any time. For this, you have to follow some simple steps:

  • Visit search engine in question – for example, google.co.us.
  • Click
  • Choose Settings > View Advanced Settings
  • Click the Bing Menu
  • Go to <Add New>
  • Select your search engine and click Add as default

3. Remove Cortana integration

Step 3
When enabled, the digital assistant Cortana is automatically integrated into Edge helping us with suggestions based on our current browsing.

However, you can disable Cortana from Edge without completely disabling it. For this you need to:

  • Click on the button in Edge
  • Choose Settings > View Advanced Settings
  • Turn off the Get Cortana to assist me in Microsoft Edge option

4. Customize Reading View

Step 4
Microsoft Edge lets you customize Reading View according to your preferences. You just need to:

  • Click the button
  • Choose Settings and scroll down to the reading section
  • Click Reading view style to choose background color and Reading view font size to select a comfortable font size.

5. Manage Reading List

Step 5
Edge lets you bookmark interesting articles and read them later. To bookmark articles:

  • Click on the Star button on main toolbar (select Reading list and click Add)

Now you can easily access the article via Reading List. Once you are finished with the article:

  • Right click the article and choose Remove

6. View Bookmarks Bar and Home button

Step 6

  • Store frequently accessed bookmarks in the Favorites folder
  • Open Settings and switch on the Show the favorites bar option

To restore the Home button:

  • Click Settings > View Advanced Settings
  • Switch on the Show the home button option
  • Change about:start to about:blank for a blank page and click Save

If you want to set some other page as homepage, just type in the web address of that page and click on Save.

7. Sharing pages

Step 7
In Microsoft Edge, you can annotate and then share web pages with others. For this:

  • Click Web note button and use various tools to frame and annotate your page
  • Save the note in OneNote and place it in your Favorites or Reading List
  • Click Share to share the notes using supported apps like Facebook or Twitter

8. Use Internet Explorer

Step 8
The main disadvantage of Edge is that it supports only one plug-in i.e. Adobe Flash. Hence some websites may not work properly. To solve the issue:

  • Click button and choose Open with Internet Explorer

If you want to make IE your default browser:

  • Click Start > Settings > System > Default apps
  • Scroll down to Web browser and click on Reset button
  • Select IE, from the list of installed browser applications

Now, enjoy the all new Microsoft Edge.

If you have any other query related to Microsoft Edge, please feel free to drop it in the comments section below.

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