10 Microsoft Edge features to help you forget the Internet Explorer nightmare – Popular Science

4. Perfect integration with Windows 10

If spend a lot of time in Windows 10, then Microsoft Edge is the perfect companion. For example, if you run a web search from the taskbar using Cortana, then the results will show up in the Edge browser, even if you have a different default browser. Edge also integrates neatly with other Microsoft products, like the Windows Defender antivirus tool for spotting dangerous sites. While Chrome and Firefox still work perfectly well on Windows 10, the experience is a bit more seamless when you’re using all-Microsoft programs.

You can easily pin frequently-visited websites to the taskbar or the Start menu: Click on the menu button (the three horizontal dots) and then choose your favorite sites from the list. Edge also works perfectly on any Windows 10 device, whether you’re working on your desktop or tablet, the two different modes that the operating system supports.

5. Built-in Cortana assistance

As you might expect, Microsoft’s digital assistant works very closely with Edge on Windows 10. Google and Apple have their own digital assistant apps, but neither of them are as well integrated into a browser as Cortana is. The assistant only shows up when you need it: For example, when you visit a restaurant’s website it might show you opening times, when you view a shopping site it can show you if any discount coupons might be available, and when you watch a music video it can pull up lyrics and other information.

To enable Cortana, click the menu button (the three dots on the top right), Settings, and View advanced settings. Then set the Get Cortana to assist me in Microsoft Edge toggle switch to On. When you want to ask the assistant about specific page features, simply highlight and right-click on blocks of text. Or launch a Cortana request from the Windows 10 desktop: If it’s a web-related query, it will open up in Edge as well.

6. Touchscreen gestures

Microsoft designed Windows 10 as an operating system for tablets as well as laptops and desktops. So the company gave its OS, and its Edge browser, more intuitive touchscreen support than any of its main rivals. So if you regularly use a Windows 10 computer in tablet mode, then you have another reason to adopt Edge—it will carry you around the web just a little more quickly.

In tablet mode, Edge has clear, chunky buttons and menus. And you can use special touchscreen shortcuts to find your way around: Swipe left to go back a page, and right to page forward. To try another shortcut, press and hold on the back button, and edge will show you the sites you’ve recently visited.

7. Reading support

Edge has two features designed to help you keep up with your reading list: Reading View, which removes distractions from a page, and Reading List, which stores articles you plan to revisit (without cluttering up your bookmarks). While other browsers share one or both of these features, Edge implements them slightly better: It integrates them seamlessly into the browser interface, where they’re more accessible and don’t clutter up the page.

To access Reading View, click its icon (it looks like a small book) in the address bar. Edge will transform the page into a more digestible form by removing extraneous ads and other distractions. To take advantage of Reading List, click the star icon in the address bar. This will save the current site to your favorites or to the Reading List. To access it again, hit the Hub button (a star with three lines by it) on the toolbar.

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