Whether you like it or not, Microsoft Edge is here take the place of Internet Explorer.
The PC giant introduced its all-new web browser as part of a host of changes ushered in by Windows 10. And although it’s the successor of the Internet Explorer, IE 11 will still be around for a little longer yet.
How do I get Edge?
If you’re on Windows 10, you already have Edge! The logo looks pretty similar to Internet Explorer’s and can be found on the taskbar along the bottom of your screen.
If you’re using any other operating system you can’t get Microsoft Edge – you’ll have to stick with Internet Explorer or one of the other browsers out there like Google Chrome or Firefox.
But some Windows 10 users are still edgy about Edge, while others are still finding their way around. To help you out, we’ve devised an absolute beginner’s guide so you know where everything is kept.
1: Current tab
Just like most web browsers these days, Edge uses tabs for each page you have open. The current tab you have open areas as a light grey, while those not open are dark grey.
2: Back and forward
The back and forward buttons remain in the same place, giving you the ability to navigate back to your previous page and then venture forward again if necessary.
3: Open a new tab
Want to start a new page? Simply click this button to open a fresh tab.
Just as before, click the Refresh button to reload your page.
5: Address bar
The address bar does exactly what you’d expect – it acts as the central place to type web addresses or carry out a web search. Microsoft has improved the search function so it brings up information related to your search before you’ve even finished for extra convenience.
6: Reading View
Reading View is a new feature which simplifies web pages. It’ll only work on text-heavy web pages such as news articles – which is great if you want to cut out all the surrounding furniture to focus on the text.
7: Add to favourites
The star icon allows you to set a web page as a favourite or to add it to your reading list. The reading list saves articles offline so you can read them later, even if you haven’t got an internet connection.
Your saved reading can be found in the Hub…
8: The Hub
The hub is a new area which keeps all your favourites, reading list, history and downloads in one place.
9: Web Notes
Another new feature you can find on Microsoft Edge is Web Notes, which allows you to annotate your web pages. It can then be saved onto Microsoft’s OneNote application, as a favourite or added to your offline reading list.
Web Notes is ideal for presentations.
This icon allows you to share a page. When you click it, it provides a number of suggestions including Mail and Twitter.
More is where you’ll find all the extra odds and ends, such as InPrivate mode, Zoom, Print and additional settings.
Are you using Microsoft Edge? How are you finding it? Let us know in the Comments section below.