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Add or Remove Sidebar in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

In the latest Microsoft Edge Insider CAN Channel version, Microsoft is experimenting with a new sidebar. The new sidebar appears on the right side of Microsoft Edge, and includes the Discover, Microsoft Rewards, Internet Speed Test, Games, and Microsoft 365 icons for quick access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the sidebar in Microsoft Edge for your account.

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The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Microsoft Edge includes internal URLs for pages that can be used to provide additional information or change browser settings.

This tutorial will provide you with a reference list off all internal page URLs for Microsoft Edge.

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Change what Alt+Tab Shows in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

You can select Alt+Tab to show:

  • Open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge¬†(default)
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows only

This tutorial will show you how to change what shows when pressing ALT+TAB to switch between open windows and tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Internet Explorer mode Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality that isn’t supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge.

Most sites work better on modern browsers. For better speed and security, it is recommended to only using Internet Explorer mode when necessary.

If the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode option is set to Allow, you can add the Internet Explorer mode button to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode button on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Reload in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality that isn’t supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge.

Most sites work better on modern browsers. For better speed and security, it is recommended to only using Internet Explorer mode when necessary.

If the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode option is turned on, you can open sites that require Internet Explorer in Microsoft Edge using Internet Explorer mode. To reload the page in Internet Explorer mode, select Settings and more > More tools > Reload in Internet Explorer mode. If this option is off, it won’t appear under More tools.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allow sites to reload in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.

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Show Icon Only for Sites on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

The favorites bar is a toolbar in Microsoft Edge that you can add your favorite websites you visit frequently on to make opening them faster and more convenient.

You can have each added site show icon only or name and icon on the favorites bar.

This tutorial will show you how to show icon only or show name and icon for sites on the favorites bar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Add or Remove Search in Sidebar Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Microsoft Edge includes a sidebar search feature.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select ‚ÄúSearch in sidebar‚ÄĚ from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There‚Äôs more ‚Äď if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the ‚ÄúOpen in new tab‚ÄĚ button which opens the web results in a new tab.

If you do not want the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge, you can remove them using the¬†DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed¬†policy used in this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Search in sidebar for text and image and Search the web for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.

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Enable or Disable Download Updates over Metered Connections in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Microsoft Edge will automatically check for and install updates to the latest version by default (except on metered connections), but you can manually check for updates to see if you have the latest version of Microsoft Edge installed.

You can turn on or off to automatically download Microsoft Edge updates over metered networks and apply them on browser restart.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically download updates over metered networks for Microsoft Edge.

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Install or Uninstall Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Application Guard opens Microsoft Edge in a Hyper-V isolated browsing environment to better protect your device and data from malware.

This tutorial will show you how to install or uninstall Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions.

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Add or Remove Performance button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Performance mode has been renamed to Efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge.

What is efficiency mode?
Helps minimize power usage to extend battery life by reducing resource usage (CPU, memory). Benefits might vary depending on your device applications and individuals browser habits.

How it works

  • Puts background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, if sleeping tabs is on
  • May cause videos to be less smooth, animations to slow down when you’re not interacting with the browser

You can select to use the following for efficiency mode when turned on:

  • Always active¬†– Active when your device is charging to minimize resource usage.
  • Active when unplugged¬†– Active when your device is unplugged to extend your battery life.
  • Active when unplugged, low battery¬†– Active when your device is unplugged and saving battery to extend your battery life.

If you like, you can add the Performance button on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge Canary to make it easier to change efficiency mode settings.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Performance button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Add or Remove Internet Explorer mode Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality that isn’t supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge.

Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality that isn’t supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use¬†Internet Explorer mode¬†in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode button on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Enhance Text Contrast in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has improved font rendering in the latest Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary builds. Microsoft has improved the contrast enhancement and gamma correction to match the quality and clarity of other native Windows applications. Font rendering will also now respect user ClearType Tuner settings when applying text contrast enhancement and gamma correction.

To experiment with different values, run the ClearType Text Tuner. Note that Microsoft Edge must be restarted whenever the ClearType settings are changed, and that only the settings for your primary monitor are used.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Enhance Text Contrast flag for improving font rendering in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Show Icon Only for Sites on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

The favorites bar is a toolbar in Microsoft Edge that you can add your favorite websites you visit frequently on to make opening them faster and more convenient.

You can have each added site show icon only or name and icon on the favorites bar.

This tutorial will show you how to show icon only or show name and icon for sites on the favorites bar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Send Link or Page to your Devices in Microsoft Edge

The Send link to your devices and Send page to your devices feature in Microsoft Edge allows you to send a link or tab to your other devices you have turned on sync for your profile in Microsoft Edge.

When you send a link or page to a synced device, the device you sent the link or page to will show a notification from Microsoft Edge with the link or page. If you click/tap on the notification, it will open the link or page in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to send a link or page to share with your synced devices in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Desktop Sharing Hub in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 92.0.900.0, you can enable the Desktop Sharing Hub via experimental flags.

The¬†Desktop Sharing Hub¬†has a “Share this page” button in the address bar (Omnibox). When you click on the¬†Share this page¬†button, it will open the¬†Desktop Sharing Hub¬†with¬†Copy link,¬†QR code,¬†Send page to your devices,¬†Save page as, and¬†Cast¬†sharing options.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Desktop Sharing Hub in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable End Process in Browser Task Manager for Microsoft Edge

When Microsoft Edge isn’t running as expected, you can open the Browser Task Manager to help understand how Microsoft Edge is using the resources on your device and when Microsoft Edge’s resource usage is unusually high so you can get back to what you want to get done.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Task Manager is a realtime monitor that tells you how much memory, CPU, network, and other resources a page is currently using. You can select one or more tabs, processes, and extensions, and click on End process to close them. This can be handy if you needed to close unresponsive tabs, processes, and extensions.

You can use the¬†TaskManagerEndProcessEnabled¬†policy to enable or disable ending processes in the Microsoft Edge Browser task manager for all users. If you enable or don’t configure this policy, users can end processes in the¬†Browser Task Manager. If you disable it, users can’t end processes, and the¬†End process¬†button is disabled (grayed out) in the¬†Browser Task Manager.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the End Process button in the Browser Task Manager for the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Open Browser Task Manager in Microsoft Edge

When Microsoft Edge isn’t running as expected, you can open the Browser Task Manager to help understand how Microsoft Edge is using the resources on your device and when Microsoft Edge’s resource usage is unusually high so you can get back to what you want to get done.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Task Manager is a realtime monitor that tells you how much memory, CPU, network, and other resources a page is currently using. You can select one or more tabs, processes, and extensions, and click on End process to close them. This can be handy if you needed to close unresponsive tabs, processes, and extensions.

When the Browser Task Manager opens, you will see a list of all tabs, processes, and extensions currently running in Microsoft Edge. You can add and remove data columns in the Browser Task Manager, but the following are the default columns:

  • Memory¬†= This shows how much system memory a tab or process is using in kilobytes.
  • CPU¬†= This shows what percentage of your total CPU capacity (processing power) a tab or process is using.
  • Network¬†= This shows the amount of network bandwidth in use by the tab or process in bytes or kilobytes per second. Tabs with open sites that stream media like video or music will use more.
  • Process ID = This shows the process ID of the tab or process, which is mostly useful for in-depth developer troubleshooting.

This tutorial will show you how to open the Browser Task Manager in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Search in Sidebar Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has announced sidebar search Рthe first step in their evolution of contextual search in the new Microsoft Edge.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select ‚ÄúSearch in sidebar‚ÄĚ from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There‚Äôs more ‚Äď if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the ‚ÄúOpen in new tab‚ÄĚ button which opens the web results in a new tab.

If you do not want the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge, you can remove them using the¬†DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed¬†policy used in this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.

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How to Remove a Profile in Microsoft Edge

The Chromium based Microsoft Edge supports having multiple profiles. Profiles allow multiple users to operate in a shared environment while maintaining access to their personalized browser settings, bookmarks, and extensions.

You can sign in to a profile with your Microsoft account, your work/school account, or stay signed out of the profile for it to just be a local profile. When you sign in to a profile with a Microsoft account, you can turn on sync to have Microsoft Edge sync your history, favorites, passwords, and other browser data across all devices you are signed in to a profile in Microsoft Edge with the same account.

Profiles in Microsoft Edge allow you to separate your browsing data into independent profiles. Data associated with one profile is separate from data associated with other profiles. Your personal favorites and history, for example, are not synchronized with your work account if you set each up in different profiles. Profiles can also be useful if you wanted to share access to your Microsoft Edge browser with another user (ex: family member), or to keep your work and personal browsing separate.

However, users are able to easily switch between existing profiles in Microsoft Edge without the need for passwords. If users have access to the same device, users may create another profile on the same version of Microsoft Edge without the permission of the current profile owner. Removing the profile from Microsoft Edge settings permanently deletes browsing data for the specific profile stored on the device, such as browsing history, favorites, form fill data, and passwords. Data synced to your account may still be stored in the Microsoft cloud and may be cleared from the Microsoft privacy dashboard.

This tutorial will show you how to remove one or more profiles from your Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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