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Exploring Microsoft Edge

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet, Windows 10

Microsoft has made some big changes to the Edge Browser since its introduction back in 2015. Let’s take a look.  If you aren’t familiar with the browser, you can open it by clicking on the dark blue Edge icon. It looks somewhat similar to light blue Internet Explorer icon, so make sure you pick the right on.

This browser can look a little sparse at first glance.

It’s pretty easy to master the controls. To the left, you’ll see the tabs representing open pages, a Refresh button, and arrows to go backward and forward to previous web pages.

On The right side, you’ll see the icons that control most of your actions in Edge.

Click or tap the one that looks like three lines and you get this menu.


The icons on the menu represent some very familiar tasks. Click the star for your favorite sites, the one that vaguely resembles a stack of books is for the Reading List, the clock is for your browsing history, and the arrow shows downloads.


Everything but Reading List should be pretty familiar to anyone who has used a browser.

Reading List is a neat little feature that allows you to add articles to make your own little magazine. To add an article, just
click the star icon in the address bar when you’re on the page that features the article. You’ll be asked whether you want to
add it to your favorites or to the reading list.

We’ll continue our look at Microsoft Edge tomorrow is part 2 of our series.

~ Cynthia


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2 Responses to “Exploring Microsoft Edge”

  1. Mark says:

    I have been an avid user of Firefox for years. I am trying out Edge to see if I will like it better.

    2 things I have seen that I don’t like is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to change the home button so when I hit it, it will take me to my Google home page.

    The second thing I don’t like is that with Firefox I can drag the little green lock on the upper left corner on the address bar to my desk top to save a web site that I want to come back to later. It serves as a reminder if it’s sitting on my desk top to go back to it. I don’t see this option on Edge.

    So far I haven’t seen anything that would make me want to switch over but I am still giving it a try.

  2. Chuck says:

    I have been using Windows 10 and Edge for almost a year now with no problems. Tonight I turned on my pc and there was no Edge icon on my taskbar. When I opened Edge it acted like it was the 1st time I had used it and my favorites are gone. Any ideas? I tried running the apps troubleshooter but it doesn’t give me very clear directions.

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