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How to Add or Remove Extensions Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.

Extensions are small applications that enhance the browser’s functionality. Once you install an extension, you can notice the extension icon appearing on the toolbar. If you have several extensions installed on your browser, these extension icons take up considerable space on your toolbar. Microsoft has received significant feedback from the users asking for the ability to manage these extensions and reclaim space on the toolbar.

To address this feedback, Microsoft is rolling out a new Extensions menu on the toolbar. This extension menu allows you to hide one or more of your extensions from the toolbar. Furthermore, you can directly visit the Edge add-ons site to install more extensions or the extensions management page using the two links provided in the menu.

The extensions button will be shown to you on the toolbar by default if you have one or more extensions installed on the browser.

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

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How to Resize Vertical Tabs Pane in Microsoft Edge

It’s easy to end up with a ton of tabs open. The more you have open, the more difficult it becomes to find, switch between, and manage them. With vertical tabs, you can easily shift to view your tabs in a pane to the side. This allows you to easily see the titles and access controls like mute and close. It even makes it easy to reorder your tabs, with the ability to drag and drop to rearrange. When you want to focus on a specific page, you can collapse the pane. Anytime you need to switch between tabs, you can hover over the pane to see all the information you need. The new Microsoft Edge is the only browser to offer built-in vertical tab navigation allowing for a more streamlined experience.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.810.0, you can now resize the pinned vertical tabs pane. Microsoft Edge will open the vertical tabs pane the same size as it was when last closed or turned off.

This tutorial will show you how to resize the vertical tabs pane in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Define on Context Menu for PDF Files in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.806.0 and higher, Microsoft has added a built-in dictionary feature to Define selected words while reading a PDF document in Microsoft Edge. Define will be available in the full context menu and quick menu when selecting words in PDFs.

The definition of the selected word(s) will show in a mini flyout menu with a brief description. if needed, you can select to see more details in a sidebar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Define smart action in the full context menu and quick menu while reading PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Suggest Similar Sites when Website Not Found in Microsoft Edge

To help resolve URL typos in the address bar that result in a website error, Microsoft Edge may recommend a corrected URL using the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting powered by Link Doctor. When a website navigation error occurs (ex: “bimg.com”), Microsoft Edge sends the domain of the web address to the Microsoft service to suggest a corrected URL (ex: “bing.com”). Microsoft Edge does not include identifiers or tokens with the domain. If the service finds a suggestion, it returns the suggested URL. Microsoft stores the incorrect domain and suggested domain to help improve the service. To help you navigate to the correct sites, the feature is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to to turn on or off Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Websites for Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

By default, all websites are blocked in Kids Mode unless included or added to the allowed list, or the kid gets permission to allow the website only for the current browsing session.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block websites for Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change Age Range to Always Start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

The first time you start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, you are asked to choose an appropriate age range. After the first time, you are no longer asked to choose an age range, but you can change the age range to always use for Kids Mode by default in edge://settings/family.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default age range to always start Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Turn On or Off Ask Age Range before Starting Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

The first time you start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, you are asked to choose an appropriate age range. After the first time, you are no longer asked to choose an age range, but you can change the age range to always use for Kids Mode by default in edge://settings/family.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always ask to choose age range before starting Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Start and Exit Kids Mode Browsing in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

This tutorial will show you how to start and exit Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.784.0, you can now turn on (default) or off to automatically show the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

The mini menu shows the Copy, Highlight, Add comment, and More actions (to see full menu) options instead of the full context menu you see when right clicking on selected text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Pin and Unpin Downloads in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will save items you want to download into your C:\Users\<username>\Downloads (%UserProfile%\Downloads) folder by default.

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.

You can now also pin your downloads open in a pane along the right side of the browser. This allows you to see and manager your downloads while you browse and helps you stay more productive during those times where you need frequent access to your downloads.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin downloads in a pane on the right side of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Downloads Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will save items you want to download into your C:\Users\<username>\Downloads (%UserProfile%\Downloads) folder by default.

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 add or remove the Downloads button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Use Voice Typing in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Starting with the latest Microsoft Edge Canary version, a new voice typing feature has been added to the context menu of text boxes to some as part of controlled feature roll-outs.

Voice typing uses the dictation feature built-in to Windows 10. You can use Dictation to convert spoken words into text anywhere on your PC with Windows 10. Dictation uses speech recognition, which is built into Windows 10, so there is nothing you need to download and install to use it.

This tutorial will show you how to use voice typing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge with dictation in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Block Cookies for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. Cookies can also help a website remember your location, so it can provide you with locally relevant content, like weather. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

Microsoft Edge allows all cookies from all websites by default.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block cookies for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Third-party Cookies in Microsoft Edge

Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. Cookies can also help a website remember your location, so it can provide you with locally relevant content, like weather. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

Normally, a cookie’s domain attribute will match the domain that is shown in the web browser’s address bar. This is called a first-party cookie. A third-party cookie, however, belongs to a domain different from the one shown in the address bar. This sort of cookie typically appears when web pages feature content from external websites, such as banner advertisements. This opens up the potential for tracking the user’s browsing history and is often used by advertisers in an effort to serve relevant advertisements to each user.

Microsoft Edge allows all cookies from all websites by default.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block third-party cookies in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Web Push Notifications for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Web Notifications allow sites to display notifications to alert users outside the context of the webpage and the browser, keeping users informed of new messages or alerts and allowing sites to improve user engagement. Web Notifications in Microsoft Edge are fully integrated with the notification platform and Action Center in Windows 10, providing a consistent experience with other apps across the system and easy controls over permissions and Quiet Hours.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block web push notifications for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Pop-ups and Redirects for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge blocks sites from showing pop-up windows by default.

Most pop-ups are ads, malware, and other unwanted windows. But sometimes you will encounter web pages that require pop-ups, so you may need to occasionally allow pop-ups for all or specific site(s).

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block pop-ups and redirects for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Use System Print Dialog in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge lets you print webpages, PDF files, or other content using a variety of devices and applications.

You can use the UseSystemPrintDialog policy to enable or disable using the system print dialog instead of default print preview screen when printing (Ctrl+P) in Microsoft Edge.

  • If you enable this policy, Microsoft Edge opens the system print dialog instead of the built-in print preview when a user prints a page.
  • If you don’t configure or disable this policy, print commands trigger the default Microsoft Edge print preview screen.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the system print dialog instead of default print preview screen in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change Sleeping Tabs Timeout in Microsoft Edge

To improve memory and CPU utilization of the Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft has developed a feature called sleeping tabs.

Early internal testing of devices with sleeping tabs has shown a median memory usage reduction of 26% for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s internal testing has also shown that a normal background tab uses 29% more CPU for Microsoft Edge than a sleeping tab. These resource savings should result in excellent battery savings. Although individual device performance varies depending on configuration and usage, Microsoft expects the decrease in resource and battery usage to create a better browsing experience for users.

Sleeping tabs builds upon the core of Chromium’s “freezing” technology. Freezing pauses a tab’s script timers to minimize resource usage. A sleeping tab resumes automatically when clicked, which is different than discarded tabs, which require the page to fully be reloaded.

Microsoft built upon the freezing technology to create sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to “go to sleep,” releasing system resources after a set amount of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.

By default, Microsoft set tabs to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity when sleeping tabs is enabled. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval. Tabs that are asleep will fade to let you know they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be there immediately. You can also add sites you never want to sleep to a block list in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to change or specify the sleeping tabs timeout value in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Cast Icon on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

You can use Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 to cast video, picture, and audio content from your browser to any Miracast and DLNA enabled devices on your network.

The cast icon doesn’t show on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge by default unless you are casting, but you can pin (always show) and unpin (remove) the cast icon on the toolbar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the cast icon on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.

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