Microsoft Edge certainly needs no introduction. It is one of the best programs to browse the Internet and the transition to Chromium, the open-source browser that also features Google Chrome, has undoubtedly contributed to introducing several valid improvements over previous versions of the historic Windows browser.
Many features are already usable from the first start and some of these deserve a special mention, as they are dedicated to productivity. In this article, we will review some of them and then see how to use Microsoft Edge by taking advantage of a couple of productive tricks that will allow you to get the most out of the browser.
In this regard, we suggest you read our guide on how to share files with Microsoft Edge: did you know that you can use Microsoft’s browser to transfer files between two Windows devices in all simplicity?
How to download Microsoft Edge updates
It is important to verify that you have installed the latest Microsoft Edge updates so that you can access the latest features introduced by the development team.
Generally, this process takes place automatically, but there is still a special command that allows you to check the existence of new updates available with a couple of mouse clicks.
To check which version of Microsoft Edge is running on your computer, first press the icon with the three horizontal dots located in the upper right corner of the main screen and, from the drop-down menu, scroll down until you find the item ” Help and feedback ” (penultimate entry), then tap on ” About Microsoft Edge “.
The browser will open a special Settings screen that will allow you to view the version currently installed on your computer. Using the same path, the system will automatically search for new Microsoft Edge updates to download.
How to take screenshots on Microsoft Edge
We have previously explained how to take a screenshot on Windows 11, pointing out some tricks that will make the whole process of taking screenshots easier. However, it is useful to know that it is possible to take screenshots on Microsoft Edge, an option that will come in very useful for photographing a web page (or a part of it) that you want to share or enrich with the integrated personalization tools.
All you need to do to take a picture of your computer screen with Microsoft Edge is to first open the Windows browser and press the Ctrl + Shift + S keys at the same time. The system will show a small bar at the top, from which you can choose one of the following two options:
- Capture area: to capture a part of the screen. In this case, just press and hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor to the portion of the screen you want to photograph.
- Acquire Full Page: A photograph of the entire page will be taken. From the new window, you can take advantage of the built-in customization options to apply lettering or drawings to the image. To save the image, simply click on the Save icon.
We also offer you an alternative option to take screenshots with Microsoft Edge, which is also very simple. In the main browser screen, press the icon with the three dots in the upper right corner and select the Acquire web screenshots item from the menu.
How to install the web app on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft has paid particular attention in recent years to web apps, i.e. programs accessible directly from the browser and which are characterized, unlike normal and more common mobile applications, for some advantages in terms of speed and immediacy: they do not require any installation. as they are loaded from a web server and use the browser to navigate the page.
Web apps can be very useful for example when we visit a certain website frequently. Instead of having to type the name of the site in the search bar or retrieve it from your favorites, you can transform that Internet page as a web app in such a way as to easily retrieve it directly from your computer.
To do this, we must first open the Microsoft browser, access the website that we want to transform into a web app, and click on the icon with the three dots in the upper right corner.
On the next screen, now select the ” App ” option and then click on ” Install the site as an app “.
It is possible to give a name to the web app and by pressing the Install button, the system will open a new window without tabs to show the site transformed as a web app.
We also specify that you can choose whether to add the app to the taskbar or directly to the Start menu. And to always have the website at your fingertips, simply create a shortcut on the desktop or even set it to start automatically when the device is accessed.
How to activate the dark theme on Microsoft Edge
The dark theme has become very popular in recent years, and Microsoft has extended support for this feature within its browser as well. To activate the dark theme on Microsoft Edge simply copy and paste the following path into the address bar: edge: //settings/appearance.
Alternatively, you can always enter Edge Settings by clicking on the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner and choosing the Appearance section from the left sidebar options.
On the next screen, you can choose between three specific items:
- System theme, to set the hue applied in the operating system (this option is very useful for example for those who have activated the dark theme on Windows)
How to change the search engine on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Bing is the default search engine on Microsoft Edge, but the development team behind the browser still offers users the ability to change this feature in just a few steps.
To do this, you will need to write the path edge: //settings/search in the Edge address bar and click on Manage search engine. The system will return some options to choose from, such as Google, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo.
How to edit PDF on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge not only supports opening and reading PDFs (like every other browser since 2019), but it also offers the ability to annotate, draw and sign documents using the special function built into the browser.
To do this, you will first need to open a PDF file via Edge: select the file, right-click and, from the drop-down menu, first click on ” Open with … ” and then select Microsoft Edge to open the document. inside of Microsoft’s browser.
Through the search bar at the top it is possible to customize the document, for example by applying a drawing, some written text, highlighting words, and very high. After completing the changes, tap the Save icon to keep the new settings.
How to search on Microsoft Edge
Did you know that you can take advantage of Edge’s sidebar search to search the web for phrases or words without leaving the running tab? This is a very useful option for productivity, as it improves multitasking and allows you to stay focused on what you are working on.
In this case, it is sufficient to select a word or a phrase, noting it with the left mouse button and click with the right button on the phrase to open the context menu, from which it will then be necessary to press on the item ” Search in the sidebar “. The system will open a sidebar, next to the running tab, showing the search results linked to that word or phrase previously highlighted.
How to mute pages on Microsoft Edge
How many times have you come across websites that automatically play multimedia content (audio and video)? This function can be annoying (and in some cases cause some fright), especially for those who keep the computer speaker constantly active.
Fortunately, it is possible to silence web pages on Microsoft Edge, thus avoiding being interrupted while browsing by those sites that offer automatic playback of audio or video. To do this, simply right-click on the card and select ” Disable “, or click on the speaker icon to mute the sound.
Other Microsoft Edge tricks
Microsoft Edge offers a variety of accessibility features, including the immersive reader to offer a pleasant reading experience of documents and web pages via computer, thanks to adjustable font sizes and calm colors.
This feature is very simple to use: just click on the immersive reader icon in the address bar on a supported page.
If you don’t see it, it means that the website doesn’t support this option, but don’t despair: there is a little trick. Select with the left mouse button the entire text you want to read comfortably, press the right button and click on the option “Open selection in the immersive reader “.
Do not underestimate the importance of the Sleep Cards function, designed not to “tire” those older computers too much, thus improving their performance. This way, you can tell the browser to stop using system resources on those tabs that have been idle for a certain amount of time.
All you have to do is go into Edge’s settings and select the System and Performance section on the left. On the right page, go to the item Suspend inactive tabs after the specified period and set a period between 5 minutes and 12 hours.
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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.