How to Get Started with Edge Bar in Microsoft Edge

The Edge Bar was first introduced as an experimental feature by Microsoft in the Canary version of its Edge browser. However, it has since reached general availability. The feature is basically a floating sidebar which allows users to multitask with much ease.

Users can find the feature on the right side of the screen once they launch the Microsoft Edge bar. It helps you quickly check weather updates, visit your favorite websites, and view news headlines without having to open the full browser window.

Edge Bar Features

How to Enable Edge Bar Feature in Microsoft Edge

The Edge Bar feature is disabled by default. Here’s how to activate it:

  1. To throw Microsoft Edge Navigator.
  2. Then click on the Ellipse icon (three dots) at the top right of the browser window.
  3. Click on the Settings option from the drop-down menu.
  4. Navigate through the Settings page and find the edge bar function on the left side of the window and click on it.
  5. Finally, on the next page, you are redirected to click on the Automatically open Edge bar when computer starts button.

enable edge bar

Note: Users wishing to use this feature must have Microsoft Edge 98 or higher installed on their devices.

How to customize your Edge Bar

One of the notable benefits of the Edge Bar is that users can tailor it to their expectations. In the sense that you only see the type of information you want, from news to updates. You can manage it over time by constantly liking the stories and features that interest you.

  1. Click on the Personalize on your Edge Bar.

Customize the edge bar

2. Then you will be redirected to the My Interests page on the MSN site. Here you will be able to manage your interest and control what appears on your feed by clicking on the displayed topics that interest you.

In addition, users have the option to search for more topics of interest to them in the search box under Discover the points of interest. The feature does not limit you to the displayed topics only. Moreover, using the Interests tracked section users can view their list of interests and delete topics they no longer want to engage with. Therefore, by liking, disliking, and blocking stories, you can control the type of content displayed on the Edge bar.

How to change the layout of the edge bar

The Edge bar offers users the flexibility to change its orientation to suit their needs. That said, you can either set it to vertical layout or lookup-only layout.

  1. Launch it Microsoft Edge Navigator.
  2. Then click on the Equipment icon to change the Edge bar layout.

Change layout in Edge Bar

How to Navigate Using the Edge Bar in Microsoft Edge

The Edge bar comes with a Bing search bar to make it easy for users to browse the internet. All you have to do is enter the URL of the website you want to use, or type something in the search box and use the Bing search engine to find it.

Additionally, users can use the bookmarks located on the right side of the Edge bar to save their favorite websites. This way, it will be easier for you to find these pages every time you use the browser. The Edge bar displays four different tabs by default: MSN (Microsoft network), Bing, Outlook app, and LinkedIn. However, you can add more.

Edge Bar Features

Here’s how to bookmark your favorite website:

  1. Click on the add (+) on the right side of the Edge bar.
  2. Next, enter the link of your favorite website in the text box and then select the Add option.

how to bookmark websites using edge bar

How to Pin or Unpin the Edge Bar

If you don’t want the Edge bar to appear every time you launch the Microsoft Edge browser, you can unpin it and set it to appear as a floating button instead. To do this you will have to click on the gear icon and then select the Enable Floating button.

Enable Microsoft Floating Button

To note: You can place the floating button wherever you want for easier accessibility and functionality.

Do more with Edge Bar in Microsoft Edge

The Edge Bar is a new way to navigate different parts of the web, and it’s easier than ever to use this vital feature. Although you can access it by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of your screen, we have also added an overview of what it does in this article. Also be sure to ask all your questions regarding the feature and share your experience with the feature so far in the comments section below.

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