Exploring a new browser can be intimidating. Once you get the hang of using one, it can be tough to switch to another. But Microsoft Edge gives you good reasons to do so: it includes integration with Cortana, is easily customizable, and is the faster, safer browser designed for Windows 10. Once you master Microsoft Edge and make it your own, you won’t want to browse with anything else.

Favorites menu

There are over one billion websites on the web today and if you’re like most people, you probably visit hundreds every year. How to keep track of those you like most? Introducing the Favorites menu. The Favorites menu allows you to keep websites you visit often within easy reach.

Go to Windows Search, enter the words Microsoft Edge and open the browser.

Search the web to go to your favorite website.

Screenshot of web search box

Select the star at the right end of the open URL then Add to add it to your Favorites.

Screenshot of Favorites icon in Settings

Type your custom name in the Name box to make it more recognizable.

Screenshot of Favorites Name box

Go to Favorites where you can access your most frequently visited websites.

Screenshot of Favorites menu

Open a Favorite in a new tab, create a new folder, sort by name, rename, edit URL or delete by scrolling down to it and right-clicking your mouse.

Screenshot of Favorites menu options

Personalize Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge allows you to choose what website you’re greeted with when you open Microsoft Edge.

Go to the Settings icon at the top right-hand-corner of your screen and select General. Select Open Microsoft Edge with to select your option from a dropdown menu.

Settings in Microsoft Edge

If you opt to open with Microsoft News, you can Personalize, which allows you to change what types of articles appear on your feed. The variety is huge: from money and movies to sports and politics. Select the topics that are of interest to you.

Personalize Microsoft News

History

Ever wonder how to find that fascinating article you read online a week ago? History allows you to see all the past websites you’ve visited.

Select the elipses icon (…).

Screenshot of Elipses icon

Select History to see websites you’ve previously visited categorized by hour, earlier today, last week, and older.

History option in the Favorite menu

Select Clear history at the top of the menu to delete all your history. To delete sites you’ve viewed in the past individually move your cursor over each one, right click, then select the X.

Password saving

More and more websites are requiring users to create an account to access certain features. The creation of an account, however, means more usernames and passwords.

Microsoft Edge provides password saving, a great alternative if you are the only user of your device.

Password saving allows you to keep your accounts secure by giving them all different passwords—but without the need to remember every single one.

Open Microsoft Edge, select the More button (…) then scroll down to Settings.

Screenshot of Settings in Favorites

Select Passwords & autofil then Save passwords to On. You’ll be asked if you would like to remember the password and use it the next time you log back in. If you confirm, then from this point on your saved password will auto-fill next time you visit that site (you can opt out of password saving at any time by re-setting the Passwords toggle in Passwords & autofill back to Off).

Manage passwords lets you see a list of the accounts you’ve saved and which website the accounts are linked to. Scroll further down to see which accounts you’ve visited but have opted not to save a password for.

Screenshot of Passwords & autofill in Microsoft Edge

You can use Microsoft Edge for so much more than browsing: Use these basic Microsoft Edge tips to find and save websites easier, browse securely, and get to where you want to go online faster.