Microsoft Edge is an advanced web browser with numerous features for browsing the internet, such as importing bookmarks and favorites from other browsers, creating vertical tabs, closing all browsing tabs upon exit and customizing its new tab page.
Edge offers you a convenient solution for websites that use up too much memory and CPU power, slowing down or making unusable your PC. By placing inactive tabs to sleep mode, resources are released freeing them up and increasing performance.
Importing bookmarks and favorites from other browsers
Microsoft Edge, a new web browser for Windows 10, uses the Chromium open source engine and is compatible with many Chrome extensions. It features tracking prevention, built-in PDF viewer support, fast page load times and more secure browsing thanks to its tracking protection feature that stops websites from collecting personal information about you.
Edge makes it simple and quick to transition to its browser from other browsers by offering importation features that make this transition smooth. These import options include using saved HTML files or the synchronization feature which automatically transfers browsing history, favorites and other data between multiple devices. To begin using either method, select your preferred browser from the list and click Import before following on-screen instructions to complete this process.
To migrate your bookmarks and settings into a different browser, first make sure you have installed the latest version. Next, click the settings icon in the upper-right corner of your new browser’s settings pane and then “Import from another browser” from its drop-down menu.
Choose from a list of popular browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, then include passwords or other data for import into the import. When finished, click “Import”.
After you import your bookmarks and settings, Microsoft Edge is ready for use. Your newly imported bookmarks can be found in either Favorites or Bookmarks Bar folder; from there you can sort folders and links as necessary to organize them however you like. Plus if you use Edge Mobile on your smartphone they’ll also be accessible!
Import bookmarks and data from other devices by selecting their profile from the list and clicking Import. Alternatively, choose “Choose Folder” to specify where a file needs to be imported from. If synchronizing data across multiple devices is an option available to you, click “Sync” button within Publish and Sync settings dialog box for optimal performance.
Turning on vertical tabs
If you like the idea of vertical tabs – where tabs stack side by side rather than at the top of your screen horizontally – Microsoft Edge now allows this feature. Microsoft has been gradually rolling this out as part of an effort to make browsing easier on widescreen monitors.
To enable vertical tabs on Edge, just click on the “turn on vertical tabs” button in the upper-left corner of your browser window. This button looks like a small square with an arrow pointing left; once clicked it will remove horizontal tabs from your browser and show all active tabs as vertical lists in its left sidebar.
This feature works similarly to Google Chrome’s Tab Grouping feature, enabling you to group multiple tabs together so that only one at a time appears. If you have many tabs open at once, this feature can help keep them organized; additionally, collapsing tabs may provide more space.
Clicking any tab in the vertical tabs list will open in a separate browser window and allows you to drag-and-drop tabs for reordering purposes. In addition, clicking “New Tab in Group” allows you to create new tabs as well as name the group and select its color so it stands out among its peers.
Your browser offers you the ability to pin tabs to the side of the page for easier use when you have many tabs open at once. To pin one, hover over its tabs and click on its pinned icon at the top right. To unpin one, hover again over them and click on its arrow pointing left.
This feature is an ideal way to keep tabs organized for work or other reasons, making them simpler to keep track of than using horizontal tabs at the top of their browsers.
Close all browsing tabs on exit
Microsoft Edge prompts a user for confirmation before closing all other active tabs, as an anti-accident feature to avoid accidental tab closings. Some may find this prompt irritating; to do so easily in Edge you simply use an add-on.
To close all tabs upon exit, navigate to the three-dot icon in the top-right corner and click “Tabs”, followed by “Manage Tabs”. Here you can make any desired changes – for instance enabling “Close All Tabs on Exit”.
Microsoft Edge allows users to easily close tabs by right-clicking them and selecting “Close Tab”, or by pressing Ctrl+W. However, some prefer double click to close all open tabs at once – something Micorsoft has responded to by offering as an optional setting that can easily be enabled or disabled depending on personal preference. By default this setting is disabled but easily switched on/off as desired.
While Chrome remains the dominant web browser worldwide, Microsoft Edge is making strides. Its latest update significantly enhanced how it looks and runs; as well as supporting extensions – apps which add extra features like grouping tabs together into folders.
Microsoft Edge’s ability to remember previous tabs when you reopen the browser is an invaluable feature that helps users continue their research or work from where they left off, but sometimes this feature accidentally closes these tabs, leading to frustration and lost work – many users want a way to prevent this from occurring.
To enable this feature, navigate to the Group Policy Editor within Local Computer Configuration Policies Administrative Templates Microsoft Edge and enable the Get user confirmation before closing a window with multiple tabs policy by clicking “Enabled.” Once enabled, this feature will prompt for confirmation when closing browser windows with multiple tabs – currently being tested in Canary builds of Edge but soon made available to all users.
Customizing new tab page
Microsoft Edge browser features many ways for you to customize how it looks and behaves on Windows 10, 11 and Windows 8, including many more customization options than its predecessor Internet Explorer (IE) did. Plus, Microsoft Edge provides more customizable experience than either Chrome or Firefox does!
One feature that many users appreciate is being able to personalize their new tab page, giving them access to diverse global content and choosing custom backgrounds and adding quick links directly to websites they frequent. They can even select which news topics are featured.
Edge new tab pages typically display a Bing image of the day and news headlines; if these features become too distracting or irrelevant for you, however, you can customize content using the settings menu and fine-tune it further based on language and region preferences to further customize your feed.
To do so, open Edge’s New Tab Page and tap on the Gear Icon. A settings page will then appear where you can manage what information cards are shown, turn off weather, sports and money widgets as well as customize your newsfeed. In addition, you can set preferences for theme and layout preferences of New Tab Pages such as adding or renaming quick links as well as choose which news categories will appear.
Customize Edge to suit your needs by pinning favorite websites directly to the new tab page, making them easily accessible every time Edge launches. InPrivate browsing opens a separate window that automatically deletes browsing history, download history, cached images, and autofill form data – giving you total anonymity while online.
If you want to keep your favorite sites on the new tab page, a shortcut key combination (Ctrl+T) allows them to remain at regular sizes. Furthermore, you have the option of hiding specific sites or turning off the entire new tab page entirely.