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HP PCs - Using Microsoft Edge browser (Windows 10)

Microsoft Edge is the default internet browser for Windows 10 computers and mobile devices. With this browser, you can use integrated Microsoft services, such as the Cortana personal digital assistant and OneDrive, and offers annotation tools and a reading mode.

Note:

Some websites might not load because they were created using Adobe Flash. If the Blocked Adobe Flash icon displays on the address bar, click the icon to allow Adobe Flash to run on the website.

Opening Microsoft Edge

Open Microsoft Edge to browse the internet.

In Windows, search for and open Edge, or click the Microsoft Edge icon.

The first time you open Microsoft Edge, the start page opens.

Note:

You can change the page that displays when you open Microsoft Edge.

The Edge start page

Adding a website to your Favorites in Microsoft Edge

Use the Favorites tool to add a website to your Favorites and to open your favorite websites.

  1. Open the website you want to add to your Favorites, and then click the Favorites icon .

    The address bar with the favorites icon highlighted
  2. Optionally, to change the name of the website, type the new name in the Name field, and then click Add.

    Clicking the Add button
  3. To save the website in your Favorites bar or another location, select the location you want from the Save in drop-down menu.

  4. To open one of your favorite websites, click the Hub icon , click the Favorites icon , and then click the website you want to open.

    Choosing a favorite website to open

Adding a website to your Reading list in Microsoft Edge

Use the Favorites tool to add a website to your Reading list.

  1. Open the website you want to add to your reading list, and then click the Favorites icon .

    Clicking the Favorites icon
  2. To add a website to your Reading list, click the Reading list icon , optionally change the name in the Name field, and then click Add.

    Clicking the Add button
  3. To open a website on your reading list, click the Hub icon , click the Reading list icon , and then click the website you want to open.

    Opening a website from the reading list

Managing tabs in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge allows you to view your Start and Home tabs, create new tabs, see a quick preview of active tabs, set tabs aside, and restore tabs you previously set aside.

Microsoft Edge tab bars
  • To create a new tab: Click the New tab icon on the tabs bar.

  • To view your Start tab: Click the Start icon on the tabs bar.

  • To view your Home tab: Click the Home icon on the address bar.

  • To view a preview of active tabs: Click the Show tab previews icon on the tabs bar.

  • To set your active tabs aside: Click the Set these tabs aside icon on the tabs bar.

  • To view, manage, and restore tabs previously set aside: Click the See all your tabs icon on the tabs bar. To restore tabs, click Restore tabs on the Tabs you've set aside window. To add the tabs to your favorites or share them, click the More icon .

    Clicking Restore tabs
  • To mute a tab playing audio: Right click on the volume icon on the tab. On the drop-down menu, select Mute tab.

Reading books in Microsoft Edge

Use the Hub menu to read eBooks in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Click the Hub icon , and then click the Books icon .

    A list of books you own displays.

    Note:

    To pin a book to the start menu, right-click the book, and then select Pin to Start.

    Clicking the Books icon
  2. Select the book you want to read.

    To purchase a new book, click Shop for Books, and then follow the on-screen instructions to purchase books in the Microsoft Store.

  3. After the book opens, click the right side of the browser window to turn the page. Click the left side of the browser window to turn to the previous page. Click above the text to open a reading menu with the following options:

    • Table of contents

    • Manage bookmarks

    • Search

    • Font size

    • Read aloud

    • Add a bookmark

Using the Reading view in Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, you can use Reading view to simplify the view. You can also change the brightness of the screen and size of the text.

Example of Normal web view
Example of Reading view
  1. Open the website you want to read in Reading view.

  2. In the address bar, click the Reading view icon .

    Clicking the Reading view icon
  3. Optionally, to adjust the font size, click the More icon , and then click the plus sign (+) or minus sign (-) in the Zoom area.

    Adjusting the Zoom setting

Adding Notes to a webpage in Microsoft Edge

You can use the Add Notes tool to circle and highlight items, draw shapes, and add notes on a webpage. Then you can save a screenshot of the annotated webpage to OneNote, your Favorites, or your Reading list.

Example of a webpage with Web Notes

Click the Add notes icon .

The Add Notes toolbar
  • To assign a color and a size to the Pen tool, click the Pen icon , choose a line color, and then use the slider to adjust the line width.

    Choosing pen color and line width options
  • To assign a color and shape to the Highlighter tool, click the Highlighter icon , choose the highlighter color, and then use the slider to adjust the line width.

    Choosing Highlighter color and width options
  • To remove notations or highlights, click the Eraser icon , and then click the notation or highlight to be removed.

  • To add a typed note to a webpage:

    1. Click the Add a note icon , place your cursor where you want the note to display, then click.

    2. Type your note in the text box.

      Type your note in the text box
    3. If you want to remove the note, click the Trash icon.

  • To save a page to your Favorites, Reading List, or OneNote:

    1. Click the Save Web Note icon , and then select OneNote, Favorites, or Reading List.

    2. Click Save.

      Saving Web Notes changes
  • To share the annotated page, click the Share Web Note icon , select the method of sharing, such as Cortana Reminders, and then follow the on-screen instructions to share the webpage.

    Note:

    If you want to share only a portion of the webpage, click the Clip icon to select the portion to share.

Viewing your browsing history in Microsoft Edge

Use the Hub to view your web browsing History pages.

  1. Click the Hub icon , and then click the History icon .

    A list of time periods displays.

    Clicking the History icon
  2. Select the desired time period to view your browsing history.

    The browsing history for the time period displays.

    Example of browsing history from the last hour
  3. To clear all your history, click Clear history.

Viewing your downloads in Microsoft Edge

Use the Hub to view your current and past downloads.

  1. Click the Hub icon on the right side of the address bar, and then click the Downloads icon .

    A list of your downloads displays.

    Clicking the Downloads icon
  2. To clear your download history, click Clear All.

Changing the opening page of Microsoft Edge

Adjust Microsoft Edge settings to change the first page that displays when you open Microsoft Edge.

  1. Click the More icon , and then select Settings.

    The Settings window with the drop-down menu for Open Microsoft Edge with highlighted.
  2. Select an option from the Open Microsoft Edge with drop-down menu.

    • Start page: Opens the Microsoft Edge Start page.

    • New tab page: Opens a new tab page.

    • Previous pages: Opens the page that was active last time you closed Microsoft Edge.

    • A specific page or pages: Opens a page or set of pages that you choose. Type the URL of the webpage you want Microsoft Edge to open with in the Enter a URL box, and then click the Save icon.

  3. To specify how to open new tabs, select Top sites and suggested content, Top sites, or A blank page from the Open new tabs with drop-down menu.

    Drop-down menu of Open new tabs with.

Installing Microsoft Edge extensions

Use the More menu to install extensions.

  1. Click the More icon , and then select Extensions.

    Location of Extensions on the More menu
  2. Scroll down the list of suggested extensions, and then click Explore more extensions.

    Extensions menu with Explore more extensions from the store highlighted

    The Store opens in a new window.

  3. In the Microsoft Store window, select the desired extensions, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install and launch them.

  4. Close the Store, and then return to Microsoft Edge.

  5. Read the extension permissions notification, and then click Turn it on.

    Extensions menu with an extension permissions notification displayed and the Turn it on button highlighted

The installed extensions display in the Microsoft Edge More menu.

Changing the default search engine

Use the More menu to change the default search engine.

  1. Browse to the URL of the search engine you want to use as the default.

  2. Click the More icon , and then select Settings.

    The More menu with Settings highlighted
  3. In the General menu, select Advanced.

  4. In the Address bar search area, click Change search provider.

    The Advanced window with Address bar search area highlighted
  5. Select the desired search engine, and then click Set as default.

Changing the default browser in Windows Settings

Use Windows Settings to change the default browser.

  1. In Windows, search for and open Default apps.

  2. In the Web browser area, click the current web browser.

    The Default apps window with Web browser settings highlighted
  3. In the Choose an app window, select the browser you want to use as your default browser.

    Note:

    If the browser you want to use as the default browser does not display, click Look for an app in the Store to download a new browser to use as the default browser.

Importing favorites from other browsers to Microsoft Edge

Use the Hub to import your favorites from other web browsers.

  1. Click the More icon , and then select Favorites.

  2. In the Favorites window, click Import from another browser.

    The Favorites window with Import from another browser highlighted
  3. In the Import or export window, select the radio button next to the desired browser in the Import your info area, and then click Import.

    The Import or Export window with the radio buttons highlighted

Using Microsoft Edge tools

Use the Microsoft Edge tools to perform tasks such as opening a new window, zooming in and out, and printing.

To open Microsoft Edge tools, click the More icon .

  • To open a new browser window, click New window. A new browser window opens.

  • To open a private browser window, click New InPrivate window. InPrivate browsing allows you to browse the web privately. This feature is designed to keep personal information, such as login information and browser settings, hidden from other people using the same computer.

  • To change the view size, click the plus or minus symbol (+ or ) in the Zoom area.

    • To make the view smaller, click the minus symbol () repeatedly until the percentage number matches your needs. The view size changes each time you click the icon.

    • To make the view larger, click the plus symbol (+) until the percentage number matches your needs. The view size changes each time you click the icon.

  • To view browsing history, click History.

  • To view download history, click Downloads.

  • To add an extension, click Extensions.

  • To print a page, click Print. A preview window opens. Select the printer and the desired settings, and then click Print.

  • To find text on a page, click Find on page. The Find on page box opens on the left side of the screen. Type the text you want to find.

  • To read a page aloud, click Read aloud. Cortana begins to read the currently displaying webpage.

  • To pin the current webpage to your taskbar, click Pin this page to the taskbar.

  • To change Microsoft Edge settings, click Settings.

  • To send feedback to Microsoft about Microsoft Edge, or to get help with Microsoft Edge, click Help and feedback.

  • To pin available tools to the address bar, click the Show in toolbar menu.

  • Click More tools for the following additional options:

    The Edge tools More Tools submenu
    • To add notes to a webpage, click Add notes.

    • To share a webpage, click Share this page. This feature allows you to share webpages using email, social media, Bluetooth, your compatible mobile device, or OneDrive

    • To cast videos, pictures, and audio, click Cast media to device. This feature allows you to wirelessly stream media from your browser to any compatible device on your network.

    • To open a page with Internet Explorer, click Open with Internet Explorer. The current page opens in Internet Explorer.

      Note:

      Some legacy or enterprise websites might not be compatible with Microsoft Edge. If you attempt to open an incompatible legacy site, Microsoft Edge displays a message prompting you to open the page in Internet Explorer 11.

    • To pin the current webpage to the Start menu, click Pin this page to Start.

Clearing browser data in Microsoft Edge

Use the Settings menu to clear your web browser data.

  1. Click the More icon .

  2. Click Settings > Privacy & security

  3. In the Clear browsing data area, click Choose what to clear.

    The Privacy & security window with Choose what to clear highlighted
  4. Select the items you want to clear, and then click Clear.

    Selecting the browser data items to clear

Changing Microsoft Edge settings

Microsoft Edge settings allow you to enable or disable features, and to change your privacy and service settings.

  • General: Configure your browser theme and homepage, download location, and Windows sync preferences.

    Click the More icon , and then click Settings.

    The General settings window
  • Privacy & security: Configure privacy settings such as do not track requests, search suggestions, and show or hide search history. Set security settings such as pop-up blocking and Windows Defender SmartScreen settings.

    Click the More icon , click Settings, and then click Privacy & security.

    The Privacy and security settings window
  • Password & autofill: Choose to allow Microsoft Edge to save passwords, form data, and credit card information.

    Click the More icon , click Settings, and then click Passwords & autofill.

    The Passwords and autofill settings window
  • Advanced: Enable or disable Cortana in Microsoft Edge, Adobe Flash Player, or media autoplay, configure proxy settings and website permissions, select apps to open certain websites, and change your internet search provider.

    Click the More icon , click Settings, and then click Advanced.

    The Advanced settings window

Using Cortana in Microsoft Edge

When you perform a search in the Microsoft Edge address bar, Microsoft Edge uses personalized information that you provided to Cortana to make your search results more relevant to you.

For example, if you type local weather in the Bing search bar, the search results show weather information for your location. To change your location, click Change next to the location displayed on screen.

Example of Cortana displaying the local weather

In addition, if you find a topic that you would like to know more about, highlight the word or phrase in the webpage, right-click it, and then select what you want Cortana to do:

Highlighting and right-clicking a word on a webpage in Edge
  • Copy: Copies the highlighted word or phrase.

  • Select all: Selects the entire webpage.

  • Search the web for "...", where "..." represents the highlighted word or phrase: A new tab or window with more information and related links opens.

  • Ask Cortana about "...", where "..." represents the highlighted word or phrase: A Cortana window with more information and related links opens.

  • Read aloud: Cortana reads the page aloud. Use the Read aloud toolbar to exit, pause, rewind, fast forward, or change the voice of Cortana.

    Cortana Read aloud toolbar

Using Nearby Sharing in Microsoft Edge

The Nearby Sharing feature lets you share webpages over Bluetooth to nearby computers running the Windows 10 operating system.

For more information on the Nearby Sharing feature, see Send Files to Nearby Bluetooth Devices Using Nearby Sharing.

  1. To enable Nearby Sharing, click the Action Center icon , and then click the Nearby sharing tile. Do this on all computers that use Nearby Sharing.

    Click the Nearby Sharing icon
  2. To share a link to a webpage in Microsoft Edge, click the Share button in the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge.

  3. When the Share window opens, select the computer with which you want to share.

    Select the PC to share the link

When the receiving PC accepts the shared link, Microsoft Edge opens to that webpage.


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