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Microsoft Edge Tips for Beginners

Microsoft Edge is Windows 10’s built-in web browser. If you’re learning about Windows and just getting started, here are some tips to help you learn more about Microsoft Edge.

1. What’s new and tips

Microsoft offers a tips page with introductory guides to new Edge features, customizations, and plugins. To access the Microsoft Edge Tips page, click on Edge’s main menu (the three dots at the top on the right), hover over `Help and feedback,’ and choose `What’s new and tips.’

Microsoft Edge main menu - What's new and tips
Microsoft Edge tips online

2. Full screen

Try pressing F11 on the keyboard to make Edge go full screen. Using the mouse you can also access the full screen by clicking the double arrow in the menu:

Microsoft Edge - click for full screen

See other Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.


3. Enter immersive reader

If you’re less into images and more into text, or you simply enjoy distraction-free reading, then try Edge’s `immersive reader’ view (formerly reading view). To access it, press F9 on the keyboard, or click on the small book icon at the top of the browser, in the address field.

Enter immersive reader in Microsoft Edge

4a. Extensions

No browser would be complete nowadays without the use of in-house and third-party extensions. These free browser add-ons provide extra functionality and convenience to your browsing experience. To access the Extension panel in Edge, go to the main menu and choose Extensions:

Microsoft Edge - select Extensions

As you can see in this example, 5 extensions are being used in Edge:

Microsoft Edge extensions

To see what extensions are available, look at the foot of the extensions panel and click, `Explore more extensions’, which will take you to the Microsoft Store:

Microsoft Edge - Explore more extensions

4b. Add extensions from the Chrome Web Store

With the latest version of Edge (now built around the open-source Chromium engine), you can use the myriad of extensions available for the Google Chrome browser.

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Select Allow extensions from other stores in the banner at the top of the page.
  3. Search for and select the extension you’d like to add and select Add to Chrome.
  4. At the prompt showing permissions required by the extension, review the permissions, and select the Add extension button.
  5. Edge will confirm that the extension has been added.

5. Favorites bar / Favorites

If you can’t see the favorites bar near the top of the browser, go to Settings and more (Alt+F), Favorites, Show favorites bar, and choose Always, Never, or Only on new tabs.

You will see that Edge shows you the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+B to Show the favorites bar.

show the favorites bar

Right-clicking a favorite in the Chromium version of Edge, now gives you the following options: Open in new tab, Open in new window, Open in InPrivate window, Edit, Show icon only, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Add this page to favorites (Ctrl+D), Add folder, Show favorites bar (Ctrl+Shift+B), Hide favorites button from toolbar, and Manage favorites (Ctrl+Shift+O).

right-click favorite menu

6. Click to mute audio

If you’d like to mute the audio on a page, you can simply click the speaker icon on the page tab. Click it again to unmute it:

Click in tab to mute audio

7. Edge keyboard shortcuts

Alt + Right arrowGo forward
Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace)Go back
Ctrl + TOpen a new tab
Ctrl + KDuplicate tab
Ctrl + TabSwitch to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + TabSwitch to the previous tab
Ctrl + 1, 2, 3, and so onSwitch to a specific tab number
Ctrl + 9Switch to the last tab
Ctrl + W or Ctrl + F4Close the active tab
Ctrl + Shift + TReopen the last closed tab
Ctrl + clickOpen link in a new tab
Ctrl + Shift + clickOpen link in a new tab and switch to that tab
Alt + Shift + clickOpen link in a new window 
Ctrl + F (or F3)Find on page
Ctrl + DAdd current site to favorites or reading list
Ctrl + IOpen favorites pane
Ctrl + JOpen downloads pane
Ctrl + HOpen history pane
Ctrl + PPrint the current page
Ctrl + Shift + REnter reading view
Ctrl + NOpen a new window
Ctrl + Shift + POpen a new InPrivate Browsing window
Ctrl + Plus (+)Zoom in (25%)
Ctrl + Minus (-)Zoom out (25%)
Ctrl + 0 (zero)Reset zoom level
F5 or Ctrl + RRefresh the page
EscStop loading the page
Ctrl + L or Ctrl + O (letter O)Select the URL in the address bar to edit
Ctrl + Shift + LOpen address bar query in a new tab
Ctrl + EOpen a search query in the address bar
Ctrl + EnterAdd www. to the beginning and .com to the end of the text typed in the address bar
Ctrl + Shift + MStart creating web notes
Ctrl + Alt + MCopy selected content into a web note
F11Fullscreen
F12Open F12 Developer Tools  
Ctrl + UView source
F6Toggle focus between webpage content and the address bar
F7Turn caret browsing on for the active tab
F9Enter immersive reader
Ctrl + Shift + DeleteClear browsing data
Reading books in Microsoft Edge:
Alt + TOpen or close the table of contents
Ctrl + BOpen or close your list of bookmarks
Ctrl + Shift + DAdd or remove a bookmark
Ctrl + Shift + OOpen or close Options
Ctrl + Shift + YOpen or close the reading bar
Ctrl + Shift + UOpen Books in the Hub
Ctrl + Shift + GStart read aloud
F11Enter or exit full-screen reading
Left or Up arrow, or Page UpGo to next page
Right or Down arrow, or Page DownGo to the previous page
HomeGo to the beginning of the book
EndGo to the end of the book
Ctrl + FSearch the book
Ctrl + Shift + SSave the book locally (for books not purchased in the Microsoft Store)
Ctrl + GGo to page (when the book supports page lists)
Alt + AOpen the Notes panel
Reading fixed-layout books in Microsoft Edge: 
Ctrl + Shift + AToggle between “fit to width” and “fit to page” layout
F8Toggle between one-page and two-page layouts
Reading PDFs in Microsoft Edge: 
Ctrl + GGo to a specific page number
Alt + TOpen or close the table of contents
Ctrl + FSearch the document
Ctrl + Plus (+) or Ctrl + Minus (-)Zoom in / zoom out
Ctrl + Shift + AToggle between “fit to width” and “fit to page” layout
F8Toggle between one-page and two-page layouts
F9Rotate PDF
F11Enter or exit full-screen reading
Ctrl + Shift + GStart read aloud
Ctrl + Shift + MAdd notes to PDF books
Ctrl + Shift + SSave a copy of the PDF document

See also Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts


8. Zoom in and enlarge content

If you’d like to make the page content larger (and easier to read) in any web browser you can. Just press Ctrl on the keyboard while scrolling your mouse wheel. You can also press Ctrl while pressing + or – on the keyboard Numpad.

See also Zoom in and out – Quick tip


9. Move tab to another window (right-click tab)

If you find yourself with many Edge tabs or windows open, you might want to organize them. You can right-click on a tab, and then choose Move to another window. You can then select to move that page/tab to a new window or any other Edge window that you have open. This makes it easier to separate tabs or group tabs together.

Right-Click on tab to choose Move to another window

10. Pin tabs

I always use a service called Grammarly to help me with my writing skills and to check my content for plagiarism. My Grammarly page is an online page where I paste in text to check it quickly. It takes a few seconds for that page to load and set up, so I prefer the idea of keeping it open and ready to use at all times. Having many tabs open in the browser, though, can make things start to look cluttered and confusing. With Edge, we can pin tabs. Pinning a tab doesn’t close it, but stores it off to the side for instant access. Here’s how to pin a tab in Microsoft Edge:

Choose which tab you’d like to pin.

Microsoft Edge tab

Right-click the tab and choose Pin tab.

Microsoft Edge Pin tab

The tab will now be pinned.

Microsoft Edge pinned tab

To unpin the tab, right-click it and choose Unpin tab.

Microsoft Edge Unpin tab

More Microsoft Edge Tips for beginners are coming. If you have any tips of your own, add them in the comments.

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