20 Best Features of New Microsoft Edge Browser (2020).

Edge Browser Features and tools.

With a new logo and a brand new look, the new Microsoft Chromium Edge browser is now finally available for the users to download and use. So now what is going to happen to your old Edge browser which is already there on your Windows PC.

When you download and complete the installation process, the old Edge will get replaced by this new Chromium Edge browser with a lot of new features to use. 

In this post, I am describing 20 new features that must try on this new Edge browser and explore which feature you found the most useful for you.

    Install lots more extensions on New Edge.

    One of the (many) complaints about the original Microsoft Edge concerned its lack of add-ons. In the new version, you can download add-ons directly from the Microsoft Store, as well as install any extension from the Chrome Web Store. To add an extension in new Edge browser-

    Step 1: Click on the top right corner menu button and choose Extensions.

    Step 2: Inside Extensions, enable the option ‘Allow extensions from other stores’ in the bottom-left corner and then click on Allow.

    Step 3: Now, go to the Chrome web store, choose the add-on you want to install and click ‘Add to Chrome’.

    New Edge feature 1

    Customize your New Tab page of the Edge browser.

    You can customize your new tab of Edge browser base on your interest and what you want to see on it. To customize your new tab-

    Step 1: Click on the cog button (settings) in the top-right corner and choose a layout that you want to use.

    Different the layout has different features- Focused (minimal look), Inspirational (adds a background image), Informational (includes news).

    Step 2: You can also add your favorite sites to the Quick Links bar along the bottom of the page by clicking the plus button.

    Customize Edge new tab

    Customize your news feed of Edge browser.

    Edge has a customizable news feed, powered by Microsoft News, which you can view by scrolling down the New Tab page.

    Step 1: You’ll need to have selected either the inspirational or Informational layouts to see the contents. Scroll down on the new tab. 

    Step 2: Once visible, click the personalize tab to select your interests and add or remove categories, so that the content is relevant to you.
    Options include Top Stories, TV, Lifestyle, Celebrities, Entertainment, Money, Technology and Sport.

    Step 3: To hide the news feed, click the cog, choose Custom and select ‘Content off’.

    Customize news feed on new edge browser

    Switch between multiple accounts in the new Edge browser.

    You can set up Edge with different user profiles, to keep what you do online separate from other family members, or have different profiles for home and work. Edge lets you add both local and Microsoft accounts. To use multiple accounts –

    Click the profile button in the top-right corner of the browser to manage your profile settings, browse as a guest (which stops Edge saving your browsing data download history and cookies) and set up additional profiles.

    Use Multiple account in edge

    Kill resource-hungry processes of Edge browser.

    You can use Windows’ built-in Task Manager to kill non-responsive or resource-hungry processes, but Edge, like Chrome and Firefox, now has its own Task Manager that you can use to identify and close problematic tasks and processes, such as memory-hogging extensions that slow your browser. To access it,

    Step 1: Click the top-right menu button and select ‘More tools’, ‘Browser task manager’.

    Step 2: You can sort the list by various criteria and end selected items that are causing trouble.

    Edge Browser Task Manager

    Import browser data from Chrome to Edge browser.

    Microsoft is keen for you to switch from using Google’s browser to the new Edge, so it’s made the transition as painless as possible by simplifying the process of importing your data. To import browser data-  

    Step 1: You can either go to Settings, ‘Import browser data’ and select Chrome in the drop-down menu or you can type edge://settings/import data into the address bar to take you to the same page.

    Step 2: You can choose what to import-bookmarks, passwords, addresses, payment info, browsing history, settings and open tabs.

    Step 3: Click on Import to import all what you have chosen.

    Import browser data from Chrome browser to edge

    Hear web pages read aloud.

    Edge can read the content of any web page aloud, which is handy if your eyesight is poor or if you’re occupied with something else and want to hear the latest news or get through an online article. To hear web pages read aloud-

    Step 1: Once you’re on a page you’d rather listen to than read, open the browser menu and choose Read Aloud.

    Step 2: You can start and pause playback, jump backward and forwards from one paragraph to another, choose a different reading voice and adjust the speed of the playback, making it a little faster will get you through the text more quickly.

    read aloud any web page

    Sync your data across devices.

    New Edge browser can sync your history, bookmarks, passwords and other browser data across all your signed-in devices, so you can easily carry on browsing when you switch to another computer, phone or tablet. To Sync your data across devices-

    Step 1: Open the Settings menu, select Profiles on the left and click Sync on the right.

    Step 2: Click the ‘Turn on sync’ button and choose what you want to include.
    Not all options are available at the moment, but more will be added soon.

    Sync data in edge browser

    Turn websites into standalone apps.

    One new feature we particularly like in the reborn Edge is its ability to turn web pages into standalone apps that you can open and read independently from the browser. To turn websites into standalone apps-

    Step 1: Just navigate to a web page you want to convert to an app, open the browser menu, go to select ‘Install this site as an app’.

    Step 2: You’ll be able to access the new app from the Start menu, as well as directly through the browser menu.

    Create Standalone websites apps

    Block unwanted trackers automatically.

    Internet giants such as Facebook and Google are known to track your every move on the web. Edge offers a tracking prevention feature that aims to stop sites that you aren’t accessing directly from following you around in this way. To manage the feature-

    Step 1: Go to Settings, ‘Privacy and services’(edge://settings/privacy). By default, it’s set to Balanced, which means it will block trackers from sites you haven’t visited as well as harmful trackers, while Strict blocks most trackers but may prevent some sites from functioning properly.

    Step 2: You can allow trackers on certain sites under Exceptions, and see which sites have been blocked to date under Blocked Trackers.

    Step 3: Clicking the ‘View site information’ a padlock on the left end of the address bar shows you how many trackers have been blocked so far.

    Block trackers in edge browser

    Block personalized ads on Edge browser.

    Microsoft can use your browsing history to personalize the ads you see, through this, the feature should be turned off by default.

    Step 1: To check it’s not activated, open Settings, select ‘Privacy and services’ and scroll down to ‘Personalize your web experience’.

    Step 2: You can also access the Microsoft privacy dashboard from here, which lets you manage your data and control additional advertising settings.

    Personalized ads on new edge

    Pin sites to the taskbar.

    If you regularly visit certain sites, such as BBC News or Facebook, you can pin them to the taskbar for easy access, then click the relevant button to go straight there. To do so-

    Browse to a site you want to add, open the browser menu and go to ‘More tools’, ‘Pin to taskbar’.

    Pin Your sites to taskbar

    Switch between Light and Dark mode.

    Edge offers a choice of three themes- Light, Dark and System Default.

    Step 1: To switch between them, open the menu, go to Settings and select Appearance on the left.

    Step 2: Click the drop-down menu next to Theme on the right and choose the one you want. The change will be made instantly.

    Use Dark mode in new Edge browser

    Stream videos to other devices.

    Edge can stream videos and other media to a connected device, such as a Google Chromecast. To stream video to other devices-

    Step 1: Find a page containing a video, then open the browser menu, go to ‘More tools and select ‘Cast media to device’.

    Step 2: The browser will look for any compatible devices in range, so you can stream content to them instead of watching videos on your PC.

    Stream videos to other devices using edge.

    Get protection against dangerous sites.

    Chromium Edge, like most modern browsers, helps protect you from malicious sites and downloads. It uses Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for the task, which is enabled by default, but if you decide you don’t want to use the security feature for whatever reason, you can disable it. To get protection against dangerous sites- 

    Open Settings, click ‘Privacy and services’, then scroll down and toggle the feature off.
    There’s also an option to block potentially unwanted downloads “that might cause unexpected behaviors”.

    protection against dangerous sites.

    Control website permissions.

    Edge, like Chrome, lets you control exactly which permissions websites are granted.

    Step 1: Open Settings and select ‘Site permission’ on the left. The list of permissions is very long and includes cookies and site data, location, camera, microphone, JavaScript, Adobe Flash, pop-ups and much more.

    Step 2: Click an option and you should be able to block or allow permission or have the browser ask you before allowing it.

    Site permissions

    Make web pages easier to read in the Edge browser.

    When you find an interesting article on a web page, you can make it easier to read by stripping out ads and other junk.

    Step 1: Click the Immersive Reader button to the right of the address bar to get started (note that this won’t show up on every page).

    Step 2: If you move your mouse to the top of the screen, you can have the page read aloud, adjust its text size and change the background color.

    Make web pages easier to read

    View PDFs in your Edge browser.

    One of the best features in the original Edge browser was its built-in PDF reader. Thankfully, it’s still here in the Chromium version, along with some useful tools.

    You can jump to a page, zoom in or out, rotate the PDF, draw on it (and erase the strokes afterward), and print or save the document.

    View PDFs in your Edge browser.

    Select text using caret browsing.

    Caret browsing places an insertion-point cursor wherever you click. This lets you select text from a website using your keyboard, like in a word processor.

    To enable this feature, press F7, and a pop-up message asking if you want to turn on caret browsing. You can tell Edge not to ask this again in the future.

    caret browsing.

    Reset your Edge browser.

    If you’ve played around with the various settings in Edge and find things aren’t working as well as before, you can reset the browser back to its default values (perform a factory reset, in other words).

    Open the menu, go to Settings and select ‘Reset settings’ on the left, then click the ‘Restore settings to their default values’ link on the right.

    Reset your Edge browser.

    So, these are the 20 features which I found useful and must try them on the new Chromium base Edge browser. And if you found any other interesting feature while using the new Edge browser, let us know in the comment section below. 

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