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Tips and Tricks to Use Microsoft Edge Better

Edge has really made an impression on Windows 10 users thanks to the fast loading, light design, websites, and a non-intrusive interface. It has great features like web notes and read mode. That is something that is available with other browsers, either through plug-ins or directly, but Edge included them as a default.

Edge still has a way to go before it becomes an appealing browser that is able to recover closed tabs, save a site, or use plug-ins. Microsoft is working on those, and hopefully it will not take too long. In the meantime, Edge is a great browser if you visit sites that have a lot of text because of the reading mode, since it will eliminate anything that you may find distracting.

Switching to Edge as the default browser for Windows 10

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Edge happens to be the default browser for Windows 10, whether you like it or not. If you would like to switch to another browser, here is how you do that:

  1. Click on your Start menu and click Settings.
  2. Click on Predetermined app and search for “web explorer.”
  3. Select the browser that you want to be your default choice.

Programming homepages in Edge

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If you want to see a certain page on startup each time you launch Edge, then you are can set up as many pages as you want by doing this:

  1. Open Edge and go to Settings.
  2. Under Open with, select a specific page. Click on Custom and then enter the URL of the website that you want to see each time you start Edge. If you want to enter another site, just click on the “+” icon, and there you go.

Protecting your privacy in Edge

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There are some things that you just do not want a browser to collect, and in Edge you can decide what it will and will not do in the Advanced settings. This is where you can deactivate Flash Player, save your passwords, send Do Not Track applications, and even activate page prediction. Page prediction will allow your pages to preload so they are ready when you switch to the linked site.

If you activate Protect my PC against malicious websites and downloads with SmartScreen, Edge will keep you safe from phishing. You will have to send them the websites that you visit so they could link to them. You may want to deactivate the Show search suggestion when you are typing, because they will have to analyze your data to select those suggestions.

Activating the home button in Edge

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In the advanced settings, you can see the option to have a home button, something that is not a default. You are able to select what you see when you open a new tab.

If you happen to see a page that you like, just click on the start icon to add it to your favorites list. In order to read it later without adding it to your favorites, just select the Reading list.

Importing favorites in Edge

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Importing all of your favorites from another browser is quite easy, simply do this:

  1. Click on the three horizontal dots and go to Settings.
  2. Select Import favorites from another browser

Keyboard shortcuts in Edge

Here are a few useful keyboard shortcuts for Edge

  • CRTL + T – opens a new tab
  • CTRL + D – saves sites to your reading list or favorites list
  • CTRL + I – opens your favorites list
  • CTRL + Enter – adds .com when typing a URL
  • CTRL + 0 – default font size
  • CTRL and “+” – increases font size
  • CTRL and “–“ – decreases font size

What you should do when a page does not look good in Edge

There are certain websites that do not look that great on Edge yet. Microsoft has stated that users need to use IE to visit any website that uses Silverlight. If you happen to come across one of these websites, then you can access it via IE by selecting the three horizontal dots and selecting Open with Internet Explorer.


With all of these useful tips, you will become Microsoft’s Edge pro in no time and will be able to use it to the fullest.

Do you have some other Edge tips and tricks we didn’t mention here? Share them in comments below!

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