Learn how to use Microsoft Edge to increase your productivity.
Microsoft Edge is a browser that has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years. It has become one of the most popular browsers, and people are not just using it as a means to browse the web but also for other purposes.
The browser was first launched in 2015, and it was originally called Spartan. It was renamed Microsoft Edge in 2016 when Windows 10 came out.
Microsoft Edge is not just a browser, by knowing these useful tips, you will be able to increase your productivity. You can do more than just surf the web with this browser as it has many features that make it an indispensable tool for all kinds of tasks.
In this post, we’ll show you the 26 useful tips to increase your productivity on Microsoft Edge. Check them out!
26 Useful Tips to Increase your Productivity on Microsoft Edge
Tip 1: Customize the new tab page
Select Focused, Inspirational, or Informational from the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the new tab page, or select Custom to completely modify the design of the new tab page’s appearance.
To customize your news feed, simply click on Personalize in the feed header to browse through a list of interests that have been organized by category.
Tip 2: Use vertical tabs to browse quickly and easily
With vertical tabs, you can move your tabs to the side, where icons are aligned vertically and site titles are longer, making it easier to quickly scan, find, and switch to the right tab.
Vertical tabs also make it easier to arrange a lot of tabs on the Microsoft Edge screen, giving you more room to quickly select, close, and move them around. When you use vertical tabs and want to focus and see more of the web, you can always collapse the pane and hover over it to open it back up when you want to use your tabs again.
Click on the Tab actions menu icon in the upper left corner of your Microsoft Edge browser to turn on vertical tabs. Then, click Turn on Vertical Tabs.
To turn Vertical Tabs on and off more quickly, click Ctrl + Shift + comma.
Tip 3: Access Microsoft 365 apps for free
Microsoft Edge provides free access to Microsoft 365 apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others. This action does not require a subscription.
Simply navigate to Office.com > Sign in > Sign in using your Microsoft account.
If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you can get one for free at Office.com.
READ ALSO: Microsoft Office 2019 & Office 365 Review
Tip 4: Get grammar checks with Immersive Reader
The Immersive Reader will help students learn as they read and also make sure that everyone can understand the content. To use this feature, go to your favorite website and find an article you want to read. Then, on the right side of the address box, click the button that says “Enter immersive reader.”
Students who want to learn about syllables can easily see how words are broken up into syllables right in the article. The Syl-la-bles option in Grammar Tools on the toolbar can be used to do this.
Also, students who want to learn about the different parts of speech can use the Nouns, Verbs, or Adjectives toggles to see those parts of speech highlighted in the article with the color they chose.
Students who can’t see colors can choose to “Show labels,” which puts a sign showing what part of speech each word is above each word.
There is a way for students who might need help with visual crowding to control the space between the words in the text. It is in the toolbar as a switch that you can turn on or off under the Text preferences option. With one click, you can see the article with more space between the words and lines, which makes it easier to read.
All of these experiences work well with Immersive Reader’s rich content to help students read better and learn more without having to change the context.
Tip 5: Change the font in Microsoft Edge Immersive Reader
The most recent version includes a new customization option for changing the default typeface. You can now choose between three default fonts: Calibri, Sitka, and Comic Sans.
You can change the font by doing the following:
- Navigate to any webpage that is compatible with Immersive Reader.
- To open the page in reading mode, click the book-like icon in the address bar.
- Then, select Text Preferences.
- In a new popup, look for the Font section. Choose the one you like most.
- The browser will immediately apply the modifications, without the need to reload the page.
Tip 6: Search for content easily
Bing’s voice search allows you to search for material using your voice while on the go. Simply select Voice search from the options.
Visual search powered by Bing is also available in Microsoft Edge on mobile. Using photographs from your phone, you can search for information about fashion, furnishings, flora, landmarks, and more. Simply select Image search from the menu.
Tip 7: Block unwanted ads
With AdBlock Plus, Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS can prevent unwanted advertising. You can either block most ads, displaying only those Ad Block Plus deems appropriate, or block all advertising.
To disable most advertisements, go to the menu > Settings > Content blockers. Enable Block ads and tap done.
To disable all advertisements, go to the menu > Settings > Content blockers. Block advertising should be enabled. Select Advanced options. Disable Allow acceptable ads and tap done.
Tip 8: Customize with themes
You can switch between light and dark themes, or you can use the same theme as Windows 10 or Mac OS X, by going to Settings and more > Settings > Appearance and selecting an option from the Theme menu.
Tip 9: Read without distraction
Whenever you’re reading information such as articles or blog posts, the Immersive reader icon will show on the right-hand side of your browser’s address bar. Immersive reader provides a cleaner, more straightforward perspective that makes reading easier.
If you want to hear text read out loud, click or tap anywhere on the page to bring up the reading bar at the top of the page, where you may click Read aloud or Text preference to change the font size and page theme.
Tip 10: Filling out forms with a single click
With your permission, Microsoft Edge can store information such as your name, credit card number, and other personal information and use it to fill out forms on websites across all of your signed-in Windows 10, macOS, iOS, and Android devices, as well as across multiple browsers.
To change or delete information that has been saved, go to Settings and more > Settings > Profiles.
Tip 11: Allow the web to read aloud to you
For Microsoft Edge to read webpages aloud, right-click anywhere on the page and click Read aloud from the context menu that appears. Then right-click again and choose Read previous paragraph, Read next paragraph, or Pause. You can also adjust the voice and pace by clicking Voice choices at the top of the page.
If you are using a mobile device, go to the menu > Read aloud and then select your preferred voice and language settings by tapping the gear icon.
Tip 12: Full-screen browsing
You can hide the address bar and other things by pressing F11 or choosing Settings and more > Full screen.
Press F11 or move your mouse to the top of the screen and click the Minimize icon to leave full screen mode.
Tip 13: Only show symbols in the favorites bar
You can choose to only show an icon for a favorite to make room for more favorites on the favorites bar. Right-click the favorite and choose “Show icon only” from the menu.
To show the name again, right-click the icon and deselect “Show icon only.”
Tip 14: Mute tabs
Mute audio on a tab quickly by selecting This tab is now playing media on the tab to turn off the audio. Select the symbol once again to enable audio.
Tip 15: Use your mouse, touch, or pen to draw on a PDF.
When you open a PDF from your PC or the web in Microsoft Edge, the toolbar will display two options: Draw and Erase.
Click Draw and add comments to the page with your mouse, pen, or touch, or select Erase to make a correction.
Tip 16: Pin tabs for quick access
Every time you open Microsoft Edge, you will see your favorite websites in the same location. Simply right-click an open tab and select “Pin tab” from the context menu.
Tip 17: Use Outlook from your browser
With the Microsoft Outlook browser extension, you can add mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks to Microsoft Edge with the click of an icon.
Access your Outlook work account, Outlook.com account, or Hotmail account quickly without having to switch to a different tab or app.
Tip 18: Access websites directly from the taskbar
Microsoft Edge allows you to pin the websites that you visit the most frequently to the taskbar.
To do so, go to Settings and more > More tools > Pin to taskbar.
Tip 19: Multitask easily using Edge bar
Find what you need quickly and smoothly return to what you were doing. The Edge bar enables quick access to search, tailored news, and productivity tools without taking up too much space on your screen.
Edge bar can be tried by navigating to Settings and more > Edge bar and selecting Open Edge bar or by going to the menu > More tools > Launch Edge bar.
Tip 20: Swipe to go forward or back
If your device supports a touch screen, you can go back by swiping your finger from left to right or from right to left.
Tip 21: Instantly translate web pages
When you go to a page that is written in a different language, a message will pop up offering to translate it. If you click “Translate,” you can change the text to any language you want.
If you want to translate a page later, click Show translate options > Translate in the address bar.
Tip 22: Access your favorite sites in a single click
To see your favorite sites, open a new tab. To add a site to your quick links, click Add a site. To remove a site, move your mouse over it and click Remove this site.
Tip 23: Stop videos from playing automatically
Select Settings and more > Settings > Site permissions > Media autoplay to stop videos from playing automatically when you go to a site. You have a choice between three things.
Select Allow if you want videos to start playing automatically, or Block if you don’t want them to. If you choose Limit, the browser will look at how you’ve used videos on a site in the past to decide whether or not to automatically play videos on that site.
Tip 24: Move multiple items into Collections
On a website with a list of products, you can now select multiple items, click and drag them to your Collections list, and drop them into a collection you choose.
Tip 25: Save many tabs to Collections
Using Collections, you may instantly save and reopen all of your tabs. Simply right-click on a tab and select Add all tabs to a new collection to store them to a collection.
Tabs from your active window will be added to a new collection, which you can rename. Right-click on the collection and choose whether to open the items in the current window, a new window, or an InPrivate window to reopen those tabs.
Tip 26: Get help when you need it
If you require assistance with Microsoft Edge, press F1 or go to Settings and more > Help and feedback. You can then search for help articles, ask the community, or contact support.
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