Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Create and organize Favorites, part of Learning the Microsoft Edge Browser.
- [Instructor] Chances are, you have a certain number of websites you visit every day or even several times a day. Instead of having to type in the address of each of these sites each time, you can save them in Edge as favorites. Favorites in Edge are what are referred to as bookmarks in most other web browsers. Your favorites list is where you can save sites you want to quickly get to or just remember in the future. So let's take a look at how to work with them here in Edge. Let's say you often visit this Explore California site. I want to add it to my favorites list. At the right side of the address bar, we have this star button.
Click it to add the current page to your favorites. You're prompted to name the favorite, and the name that we see here is the title of the page. In this case, it's Welcome to Explore California, and we can see that name up here in the tab. Now you're free to name your favorites in any way that makes sense to you. Maybe I'll just shorten this a bit to Explore CA. And then I can choose to save it to the main favorites folder, or I can click this save in menu and choose another folder or create a new one.
Let's just keep it in the main folder for now, and I'll click add. So I've now added my first favorite. Notice the favorites star icon is highlighted up here to indicate that I have saved this page as a favorite. We'll take a look at how to access your favorites in a moment, but first, let's add a few more. I have a couple other sites open here. So we'll quickly add them to favorites. This is for the Landon Hotel. I'll click the star button. I'll leave its name. I'll save it in favorites. I'll come up to Kinetecoinc. Do the same thing.
Now this is a long title here that I probably don't need. I'm going to delete that. Again, we'll save that to favorites. Now I also have this Wikipedia page on Stonehenge open. Maybe I'm doing some research, and I have several related web pages that I want to favorite so I can easily get back to them. I'll click the favorites button as usual. I'll leave the name. But this time let's create a new folder. I'll call this research. And with it selected, I'll click add, and that'll save this page in the research folder.
I'll also click on this radiocarbon dating link and favorite this page as well. Notice the research folder is already selected. So just be aware that Edge remembers the last folder you saved a favorite to, and you'll want to make sure you're saving the page where you mean to. I do want to save it in research in this case, so I'll just click add. Alright, so we've now saved several pages as favorites. Now, how do we get back to them? First of all, let me close a couple of these tabs. So there are a couple of ways to get to your favorites. We can pop open the hub and then select the favorites icon.
And here we see the pages and folders we created. I can pop open this research folder to see the pages I saved in there as well. And clicking any of these takes me right to that page. So it's that easy. Now from the favorites list, you can also right-click on pages or folders. And from here, you can open the pages in a new tab instead of the current one. You can create a new folder from here. You can sort them, you can rename them, and you can edit their addresses. You can also delete any favorites or folders you no longer need.
Now it's still a little inconvenient to have to pop open the hub and select the favorites icon to get to your favorites. One thing you might want to do if you have the screen space to spare, and you need constant access to your favorites, is to click this pin icon up here. That pins this panel to the side of the window. So now when I click a favorite, the panel stays open instead of closing, and I can open up another page right away if need be. Now there's also an option here called the favorites bar. I'm going to click settings, go down to settings, and here we can turn on the favorites bar.
That opens up this area below the address bar, and you can see that it says to see favorites here, you drag them to the favorites bar folder. And you probably already noticed this folder already. I'll click the hub icon again. So here's the favorites bar folder. And you can use this for pages that you visit the most often and want to get to as quickly as possible. So I can drag Explore California in there, and maybe Kineteco. And I can pop that open to see them in there. But we can also see that those pages have been added to the favorites bar.
So even with the hub closed, I could still get to those pages. Now if you put several pages into the favorites bar, it might start to look a little bit crowded. Another option you have is to go back to settings, and here turn on show only icons in the favorites bar. And you can see that removes the text and frees up a lot of space in the favorites bar. Of course, this now requires you to know which icon leads to which pages, but you'll most likely know what you set up in your own favorites bar. And of course, if you don't use the favorites bar much, you can always just turn it back off.
And you'll still be able to get to your favorites from the hub. Okay, so that's how to create and manage your favorites in the Edge browser.
- Touring the interface
- Setting the homepage and default search engine
- Disabling the pop-up blocker
- Creating, organizing, importing, and exporting Favorites
- Adding notes
- Installing extensions
- Clearing history and other website data
- Browsing privately