8 Microsoft Edge Chromi­um Brows­er Tips and Tricks

Microsoft With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft announced a brand-new Project Spartan — Microsoft Edge browser. The browser was based on Microsoft’s EdgeHTML rendering engine. Due to a different web-rendering engine, the Edge browser never received much interest among the developers. Microsoft Edge lacked long-list of extension support and often some popular sites didn’t work well with the default Windows 10 browser. Microsoft finally gave in and announced the Chromium-based Edge browser.

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After several updates, the company is now confident enough with the new Edge browser, and it has replaced the old offering on Windows and macOS. There is a lot to like about the new Microsoft Edge browser. If you are new to the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, then this post might be the perfect read for you. We are going to talk about the top eleven tips and tricks for the Microsoft Edge Chromium. Let’s get started.

1. IMPORT BROWSER DATA

Before starting from scratch on the Microsoft Edge browser, you might want import history, bookmarks, and other information from the old installed browser. Microsoft allows you to import data from the previous browser that you were using.

Open Microsoft Edge, tap on the three-dot menu at the top, and go to Settings. Navigate to Profiles > Import Browser Data. Here, you can select the web browser, your Microsoft Edge profile, and the list of items that you can import from the selected browser. The list includes Favorites, Saved Passwords, Addresses, Payment info, Open tabs, Extensions, and more. I highly recommend you going through this practice before staring up.

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2. USE CHROME WEB STORE

Do you know one can practically use every Chrome extension with Microsoft Edge? As the browser is built on the same web rendering engine as Chrome, it can install extensions from the Chrome web store too. Navigate to the Chrome web store on the web and download the relevant extensions.

3. USE DARK THEME

The Windows 10 and macOS integrate a dark theme that works across the system. Thankfully, Microsoft has implemented the same with the Edge browser. It supports both light and dark themes. You can go to browser Settings > Appearance > Theme and choose from System default, light or dark theme. I would like to see auto dark-mode in future updates.

4. SWITCH BETWEEN LAYOUT ON THE HOMEPAGE

Microsoft Edge provides quite a busy homepage. It offers Bing search bar, frequently visited sites, Bing images as background, and Microsoft News integration at the bottom. However, you can change that to your liking.

From the homepage, tap on the Settings icon and choose from the Focused (clean), Inspirational (with wallpaper), Informational (with Microsoft News integration), and a custom layout.

5. PERSONALIZE NEWS

Microsoft News is the direct rival of Google News. It’s integrated right on the home screen. From the bottom menu, tap on the personalize, and it will open the My Interests menu. Select the relevant topics that interest you and remove the unnecessary ones.

6. SAVE NEWS POSTS FOR LATER READING

Microsoft allows you to save news stories for later reading. During your busy hours, you can glance over the news headlines and, if interested, tap on the three-dot menu below the news headline and select save for later. To access the saved list, go to the Personalize menu, and move to the Saved Stories menu.

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7. CHANGE THE DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE

As expected, Microsoft is forcing consumers to use its Bing search engine. However, you can change that from the settings. Open Settings > Privacy & Services > scroll down to address bar and set Google as a search engine used in the address bar.

8. USE READING MODE

Microsoft Edge comes with an excellent Reading mode that removes ads and unnecessary clutter from the webpage. When you are visiting a webpage, just tap on the reader icon in the address bar, and the reading mode will provide a clean-looking interface to read the posts.