11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has announced a brand new Project Spartan browser – Microsoft Edge. The browser was based on Microsoft’s EdgeHTML rendering engine. Due to a different web rendering engine, the Edge browser has never aroused much interest among developers. Microsoft Edge lacked a 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 Edge browser based on Chromium.

11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

After several updates, the company is now confident enough with the new Edge browser and has replaced the old offer on Windows and macOS. There’s a lot to like in the new Microsoft Edge browser.

If you are new to the Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium, this article might be the perfect read for you. We are going to talk about the eleven tips and tricks for the Microsoft Edge Chromium. Let’s start.

1. Import browser data

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

Import data
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

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 that you can import from the selected browser. The list includes bookmarks, saved passwords, addresses, payment information, open tabs, extensions, etc. I strongly recommend that you follow this practice before watching.

2. Use Chrome Web Store

Did you know that almost all Chrome extensions can be used with Microsoft Edge? As the browser is built on the same web rendering engine as Chrome, it can also install extensions from the Chrome online store. Go to the Chrome web store on the web and download the relevant extensions.

Edge extension
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

3. Use a dark theme

Windows 10 and macOS have a dark theme that works across the system. Fortunately, Microsoft has implemented the same thing with the Edge browser. It supports light and dark themes. You can go to Browser Settings> Appearance> Theme and choose from the Default System theme, light or dark. I would like to see automatic dark mode in future updates.

Dark mode
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

4. Switch between layout on the home page

Microsoft Edge provides a fairly busy home page. It offers the Bing search bar, frequently visited sites, Bing images in the background, and Microsoft News integration at the bottom. However, you can change this as desired.

11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

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

5. Personalize the news

Microsoft News is the direct rival of Google News. It is integrated directly on the home screen. In the bottom menu, tap on personalization, and this will open the My interests menu. Select the relevant topics that interest you and delete those that are not necessary.

11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

6. Save press articles for later reading

Microsoft allows you to save news for later reading. During peak hours, you can browse news headlines and, if interested, tap the three-dot menu under the news headline and select save for later. To access the saved list, go to the Personalize menu and go to the Saved stories menu.

Save for later
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

7. Change the default search engine

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

Search engine
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

You can also configure the browser to open the Google home page every time you open it on the device. Go to Browser settings> On startup> Select Open specific page and set Google as your default home page.

8. Use the reading mode

Microsoft Edge comes with an excellent reading mode that removes ads and unnecessary clutter from the web page. When you visit a web page, just tap the reader icon in the address bar, and the reading mode will provide a clean interface for reading messages.

Play mode
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

You can change the font size, style, background of the reading mode, and even have the system read the message aloud.

9. Brower pin tabs

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

Pin tabs
11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

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. This is useful during research.

11 best Microsoft Edge Chromium browser tips and tricks

Tap the collections icon, select start a new collection, add a title, and you’re ready to add web pages and notes.

11. Check privacy settings

By default, Microsoft Edge provides a balanced approach to block harmful trackers. You can modify these parameters in Strict mode which blocks the majority of the trackers of the site. You can also switch to basic mode. Open Settings> Privacy & services and select 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, Default Player Mode and Microsoft Edge Collections are two of my favorites. And you? Ring in the comments section below.


Interested in using Microsoft Edge browser on Mac? Read the guide below to configure the browser from scratch.

Last updated on May 8, 2020

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