A guide to Microsoft Edge


Microsoft Edge Settings
Microsoft Edge Settings
Microsoft added new privacy tools and made it easier to keep your information secure:
  • Go to Settings and more > Settings > Privacy and services.

  • Choose your settings for a new tab page. Select Settings at the top of a new tab to change the content and page layout.

  • Set your home page by going to Settings and more > Settings > On startup.

  • You can create a list of the languages you would like to use with Microsoft Edge, and easily switch among them. Start by going to Settings and more > Settings > Languages. Under Preferred languages, select Add languages and choose the languages that you'd like to have easily available in Microsoft Edge. You can even have Microsoft Edge translate pages that are in languages that aren't on your list.

Microsoft Extensions

You can Microsoft Edge by adding extensions. Go to Settings and more > Extensions to open the Extensions page. In addition to extensions from the Microsoft Store, you can now add extensions from other stores. For example, you can add Honey or Grammarly.


Sync settings

You can install and sync Microsoft Edge across multiple devices – Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows. To change your sync settings, go to Settings and more > Settings > Profiles > Sync.


Add a site to my favorites in Microsoft Edge


Add the current page from the address bar
  • Open Microsoft Edge and go to the site you want to add to your favorites.

  • Select the Add this page to favorites button in the address bar.

favorites
Microsoft Edge Favorites
  • Rename the favorite (if you want to) and/or choose a different folder to save it in, and then select Done.

Add the current tab or all tabs from the Favorites window
  1. Open Microsoft Edge and go to the site you want to add to your favorites.

  2. Go to Settings and more > Favorites.

  3. Select More options, and then do one of the following:

  • To add the current tab to your favorites, select Add a current tab to favorites.

  • To add all tabs to your favorites, select Add all tabs to favorites.

favorites
Microsoft Edge Favorites

Find the settings/tools/internet options in Microsoft Edge


Many tools and options in Microsoft Edge are available when you select Settings and more. If you don’t see the options you need, select Settings from there.

microsoft edge settings
Microsoft Edge Settings

You can change settings like your browser home page or search engine, clear browsing history and cookies, or sync your info across devices.


Search engine


Keeping Bing as your default search engine provides an enhanced search experience in the new Microsoft Edge, including direct links to Windows 10 apps, relevant suggestions from your organization if you’re signed in with a work or school account, and instant answers to questions about Windows 10. However, you can change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge to any site that uses OpenSearch technology.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, perform a search in the address bar using the search engine you want to set as your default.

  2. Select Settings and more > Settings.

  3. Select Privacy and services.

  4. Scroll all the way down to the Services section and select the Address bar.

  5. Choose your preferred search engine from the Search engine used in the address bar menu.

To add a different search engine, perform a search in the address bar using that search engine (or a website that supports search, like a wiki site). Then go to Settings and more > Settings > Privacy and services > Address bar. The engine or website you used to search will now appear in the list of options you can select.


Accessibility features in Microsoft Edge


The new Microsoft Edge comes with built-in accessibility options to help you browse the web in a way that best suits your needs.


Windows

In Windows 11 all accessibility features can be found on a single settings page in Microsoft Edge.

  • Go to Settings and more > Settings > Accessibility.

Make text larger
  • To enlarge a single web page in Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more and then choose Zoom in, Zoom out, or Full screen.

Or use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Press this

To do this

Ctrl + plus sign (+)

Zoom in by 25%

Ctrl + minus sign (-)

Zoom out by 25%

Ctrl + zero (0)

Reset zoom level to default

Ctrl + Scroll wheel up

Zoom in

Ctrl + Scroll wheel down

Zoom out

F11

Switch between full screen and exit fullscreen

  • To set the default zoom level for all websites in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more > Settings > Accessibility and select the desired zoom level from the drop-down menu under Page zoom.

  • Easily manage zoom levels for specific sites by selecting Zoom levels.

You can also enlarge text in Windows. Changes you make here will apply to most of the text on your device.

  • In Windows 11, select Start > Settings > Accessibility > Text size. Drag the slider until the sample text is easy to read, then select Apply.

  • In Windows 10, select Start > Settings > Ease of access > Display > Make text bigger. Drag the slider until the sample text is easy to read, then select Apply.

Have the web read aloud to you

Microsoft Edge can read aloud news, sports stories, and other web pages to you. With your web page open, select and hold (right-click) anywhere on the page and choose Read aloud. You can also go to Settings and more and then select Read aloud.


Or use the following keyboard shortcut:

Press this

To do this

Ctrl + Shift + U

Start or stop Read aloud

Read more comfortably

The Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge provides a cleaner, simpler layout with fewer distractions. Change the theme and text size to what's most comfortable for you.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, navigate to the page that you want to read.

  2. Select Enter Immersive Reader on the address bar (it’s only available on some web pages).

  3. Under Text preferences, select the text size, and change the page theme to one of 23 options.

You can use the following keyboard shortcut for Immersive Reader:

Press this

To do this

F9

Enter or exit Immersive Reader

Get image descriptions from Microsoft

Microsoft Edge can detect unlabeled images and generate descriptions. Image descriptions can be read aloud by screen readers in English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese.

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings.

  2. Select Accessibility > turn on Get image descriptions from Microsoft for screen readers, and select Yes, I'm in.

  3. When this feature is turned on, Microsoft Edge will automatically generate descriptions for unlabeled images on any website.

High visibility focus indicator

The high visibility focus indicator creates a black and white outline around a focused element on a web page. The outline will appear when you select a link or text area and when using keyboard navigation, such as the Tab key.


To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings.

  2. Select Accessibility and turn on Show a high visibility outline around the area of focus on the page.

  3. When this feature is turned on, a black and white outline will appear for three seconds around the focused element on any web page.

Use a keyboard to surf the web

Using just your keyboard, you can quickly move focus through the major panes of your browser, such as:

  • Browser tabs

  • Address and search bar

  • Favorites bar (if available)

  • Web page content

  • Certain popup dialogs

Press this

To do this

F6

Move focus to the next browser pane

Shift + F6

Move focus to the previous browser pane

Ctrl + F6

Move focus to the web content pane

Turn on caret browsing
  • To navigate pages with a text cursor, turn on caret browsing.

  • Turn caret browsing on or off only for the current session using the keyboard shortcut:

Press this

To do this

F7

Turn caret browsing on or off

Turn on caret browsing indefinitely by going to Settings and more > Settings > Accessibility and turn on Navigate pages with a text cursor.

With caret browsing on, you can move the caret within a web page using the Up, Down, Left, and Right directional arrow keys and Home, Page Up, and Page Down buttons on your keyboard.


To select text or other elements on the page, hold down Shift while moving the caret.


Tab browsing

You can use the Tab key to move quickly through items on the screen, such as:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields in forms on the web

  • The address and search bar

  • Buttons on the toolbar

  • Browser tabs






The new Microsoft Edge is here and better than ever.




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