Top 11 Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser Tips and Tricks

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has 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 gained much attention among developers. Microsoft Edge lacked a long list of extension support, and often some popular sites did not work well with the default Windows 10 browser. Microsoft finally delivered and announced the Chromium-based Edge browser.

After a few updates, the company is now confident enough about the new Edge browser and has replaced the old offering on Windows and macOS. There’s a lot to love about the new Microsoft Edge browser.

If you are new to the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, this post might be an excellent read for you. We’re going to talk about the top eleven tips and tricks for Microsoft Edge Chromium. Lets start.

1. Import Browser Data

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

Import data

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

2. Use the Chrome Web Store

Do you know that practically every Chrome extension can be used with Microsoft Edge? Since the browser is built on the same web rendering engine as Chrome, it can also install extensions from the Chrome web store. Go to the Chrome web store on the web and download the relevant extensions.

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3. Use Dark Theme

Windows 10 and macOS integrate a dark theme that works system-wide. Fortunately, 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 between System default, light or dark theme. I would like to see automatic dark mode in future updates.

dark mode

4. Switch Between Layouts on Home Page

Microsoft Edge provides a pretty 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 this to your liking.

Page layout

Tap the Settings icon from the home page and choose from Focused (clean), Inspiring (with wallpaper), Informative (with Microsoft News integration), and a custom layout.

5. Personalize the News

Microsoft News is a direct competitor of Google News. It is integrated directly into the home screen. From the submenu, tap on personalization and the My Interests menu will open. Choose related topics that interest you and remove unnecessary ones.

customize

6. Save News Posts to Read Later

Microsoft lets you save news to read later. You can browse the news headlines during your rush hour and if you are interested, you can tap the three-dot menu under the headline and select save for later. To access the saved list, go to the Personalize menu and navigate to the Saved Stories menu.

save for later

7. Change Default Search Engine

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

Search engine

You can also set the browser to open the Google home page every time you open it on the device. Select Browser Settings > On Startup > Open a specific page and set Google as the default homepage.

8. Use Reading Mode

Microsoft Edge comes with an excellent Reading mode that removes ads and unnecessary clutter from the web page. When visiting a web page, simply tap the reader icon in the address bar; read mode will provide a clean looking interface for reading posts.

Reading mode

You can change the font size, style, reading mode background and even ask the system to read the post aloud.

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9. Pin Browser Tabs

You can pin the most frequently visited web pages to the Edge browser. I always use it. Right click on any tab and select Pin tab, it will be hidden in the upper left corner. So every time you open the browser, the tabs load automatically and the web pages are already ready for you.

Pin tabs

10. Use Microsoft Edge Collections

Microsoft recently introduced the Collections feature for the Edge browser. It is a modern bookmark manager. You can create a collection of web pages and notes and give it a relevant title in Collections. It is useful during research.

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Tap the Collections icon, select start new collection, add a title and you can start adding web pages and notes.

11. Review Privacy Settings

By default, Microsoft Edge provides a balanced approach to blocking harmful trackers. You can change these settings to Strict mode, which blocks most viewers from the site. It is also possible to switch to Basic mode. Open Settings > Privacy & Services and choose from the available options.

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Use Microsoft Edge Like a Pro

Microsoft Edge Chromium is an impressive offering from the software company. Among the tips listed, the default Reader mode and Microsoft Edge Collections are two of my favourites. What about you? Mute the sound in the comments section below.

Next: Want to use Microsoft Edge browser on Mac? Read the guide below to set up the scanner from scratch.

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