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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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Add and Remove Outlook Smart Tile on New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge

By default, when you open a new tab (Ctrl+T) in Microsoft Edge, you see a Bing search bar, Bing image of the day as the background, quick links as tiles of your most visited sites, and Bing news content visible to scroll.

Microsoft Edge will automatically add quick links of websites you visit to the New Tab page. You can remove, rename, or add new quick links as wanted.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 92.0.880.0, you can stay up to date on your Outlook email right from the Microsoft Edge new tab page beside your current quick links. You will start to see incoming emails directly from the new tab page of Microsoft Edge. With the new smart tile for Outlook, you can see your three most recent emails and also start a new email or meeting request in Outlook, directly from the new tab page.

You will need to sign in to Microsoft Edge with the same account you use for Outlook to enable this feature.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Outlook smart tile on the new tab page beside your current quick links in Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Automatic HTTPS in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 92, users will have the option to upgrade navigations from HTTP to HTTPS on domains likely to support this more secure protocol. This support can also be configured to attempt delivery over HTTPS for all domains. More secure connections help protect customers from man-in-the-middle attacks.

In Microsoft Edge Canary, you can enable the Automatic HTTPS experimental flag to enable support for Automatic HTTPS, which switches connections to websites from HTTP to HTTPS. If enabled, the Automatically switch to more secure connections with Automatic HTTPS setting can then be turned on/off or further configured in Settings > Privacy, search, and services.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Automatic HTTPS in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Add or Remove Tab Actions Menu Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 91.0.863.0, a new Tab actions menu button on the toolbar has been added to replace the Vertical Tabs button.

When you click/tap on the Tab actions menu button on the toolbar, you will have the Turn on vertical tabs, Recently closed (History), and Add all tabs to a new collection options available in the flyout menu.

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

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How to Enable or Disable Performance Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 91.0.856.0, a new Performance mode is now available.

Performance mode helps you optimize speed, responsiveness, memory, CPU and battery usage. Performance improvements might vary depending on your individual specifications and browser habits.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Performance mode in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Clear Download History in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will save downloads into your account’s C:\Users\\Downloads folder location by default.

When a download starts in Microsoft Edge, the downloads menu will show to let you know.

You can now add the Downloads button to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge. The Downloads button allow you to quickly view, manage, search, clear history, and change settings for your downloads from the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to clear all or specific download history in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Show Microsoft Rewards Points in Microsoft Edge User Profile

Microsoft Rewards is a program designed to earn you points while searching on Bing. Microsoft now brings this program right into the Microsoft Edge browser with a handy click of your profile. If your Microsoft account is linked to a Microsoft Rewards account, you will see your point balance on the on the profile fly-out when you click your profile picture. If you have Give with Bing mode set up, you will find that you can easily navigate to the Give dashboard from the profile fly-out as well.

The points you earn by searching on Bing can be redeemed as gift cards, sweepstake entries, subscriptions, and non-profit donations via Give mode. Give with Bing lets you automatically donate the Microsoft Rewards points you earn on Bing to a nonprofit that you choose. It’s easy, free, and there are more than 1 million charities available for you to support! If you are not a Rewards member, you can easily sign up using this link!

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing Microsoft Rewards points in user profile in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Web Widget in Windows 10

The Microsoft Edge Web widget allows you to easily access information that’s important to you. Quickly check in on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more in a way that’s easy to observe at-a-glance and without the distraction of switching between apps, websites and devices.

If you turn on the Web widget, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge until you close the Web widget.

You can use the the WebWidgetAllowed policy to enable or disable the Web widget feature for all users.

If you disable this policy: The Web widget will be disabled for all users. The option to launch the widget from Microsoft Edge Settings will be disabled. The option to launch start the widget at Windows startup (auto-start) will be disabled. The option to launch the widget from Microsoft Edge “More tools” menu will be disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Microsoft Edge Web widget feature for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Run Microsoft Edge Web Widget at Startup in Windows 10

The Microsoft Edge Web widget allows you to easily access information that’s important to you. Quickly check in on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more in a way that’s easy to observe at-a-glance and without the distraction of switching between apps, websites and devices.

If you turn on the Web widget, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge until you close the Web widget.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable having the Microsoft Edge Web widget automatically run at startup for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin or Unpin Microsoft Edge Web Widget in Windows 10

The Microsoft Edge Web widget allows you to easily access information that’s important to you. Quickly check in on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more in a way that’s easy to observe at-a-glance and without the distraction of switching between apps, websites and devices.

If you turn on the Web widget, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge until you close the Web widget.

You can pin the Web widget to the left or right side of your screen when using the vertical layout.

While the Web widget is pinned, it will always be on top. If needed, you can enable autohide while pinned to hover over the side of your screen to access the Web widget.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin the Microsoft Edge Web widget to the screen for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Microsoft Edge Web Widget Layout View in Windows 10

The Microsoft Edge Web widget allows you to easily access information that’s important to you. Quickly check in on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more in a way that’s easy to observe at-a-glance and without the distraction of switching between apps, websites and devices.

If you turn on the Web widget, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge until you close the Web widget.

You can choose the view that best suits your needs for the Web widget. Quickly switch between a dashboard, vertical or search only layout. Then move and resize the Web widget as you desire.

The Web widget is similar to news and interests on the taskbar in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Microsoft Edge Web widget layout view for your account in Windows 10.

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