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Thursday, August 12, 2021

5 Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

 Cortana Integration

Microsoft Edge includes Cortana integration, which only works if you’ve enabled Cortana system-wide first. Be sure to click the Cortana search bar on the Windows taskbar first and provide your name to set Cortana up. You can also check if this feature is enabled by clicking or tapping the menu button in Edge, selecting “View advanced settings” near the bottom of the pane, and ensuring the “Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge” option is enabled.

To use it, just type a question into the location bar at the top of the Edge window or on the New tab page. For example, you could type “weather in [city]”, “how old is [famous person]” or “when is [holiday] [year]”. Cortana offers quick answers to questions.

Sharing Web Pages

The Edge browser has an integrated sharing feature with a Share button on its toolbar. Tapping the Share button will open the system Share panel. You can extend the list here and share to more services by installing the appropriate apps from the Windows Store.

For example, if you want to share on Facebook, install the Facebook app. If you want to share on Twitter, install the Twitter app. This provides you with an easy way of sharing web pages without any browser extensions, just like you would on Android or Apple’s iOS.

You can also tap the title of the page in the Share panel and choose to share a screenshot of the current web page rather than a link to it.

Reading View

Like some other modern browsers — Apple’s Safari, for example — Edge includes a “reading view” functionality that strips the clutter from articles you find on the web and makes them more easily readable. To activate this, just find an article on the web and click or tap the “reading view” icon in the address bar. The icon looks like a book.

Reading List

Microsoft Edge includes a reading list feature, too. Use this to save articles you want to read later without cluttering your favorites list. To do this, just click or tap the star icon on the address bar. Select the Reading list heading and add the page to your reading list.

Access your reading list later by clicking or tapping the “hub” button and selecting the Reading List category. You’ll see pages you saved to read later, stored separately from your normal favorite web pages.


Edge includes web page annotation features, which is part of why Edge is branded as a browser built for “doing.” Tap the “Make a Web Note” button — the one between the hub and the share button on the toolbar — to start marking up a web page.

Use the tools to draw on, highlight, erase, add notes, and copy individual parts of a web page. The Save button allows you to save the note to Microsoft OneNote, your favorites, or your reading list. You can also use the Share button to share your marked up note.

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