Microsoft Edge tips

Learn more about Microsoft Edge. Helpful for beginners. a teacher, a checkmark and a young family

This article is being updated for the latest Chromium version of Edge. Please check back for more Microsoft Edge tips.

Microsoft Edge comes with Windows 10. There are a lot of other web browsers for Windows to download and use, but if you'd like to learn more about what you can do with Edge, this article is a good place to start.

1. Microsoft Edge tips

Microsoft offers an Edge tips page with introductory guides to new Edge features, customizations and plugins.

Microsoft Edge tips online

To access the Edge Tips page, click on Edge's main menu, hover over `Help and feedback', and choose `What's new and tips'.

Microsoft Edge main menu - What's new and tips

2. Full screen

To focus more on what you are reading, try pressing F11 on the keyboard to make Edge go full screen. You can also access full screen (for all UWP - Universal Windows Platform apps) by pressing Win + Shift + Enter. Using the mouse you can also access full screen by clicking the double arrow in the menu:

Edge - click for full screen

See other Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

3. Enter immersive reader

If you're less into images and more into text, or you simply enjoy distraction-free reading, then try Edge's `immersive reader' view (formerly reading view). To access it, click on the small book icon at the top of the browser, in the address field.

For the original non-Chromium version of Edge, this option had a keybaord shortcut of Ctrl + Shift + R. However, in the latest Chromium version of Edge (see The new Microsoft Edge is available), the keyboard shortcut doesn't appear to have been set up.

Enter immersive reader

4. Extensions

No browser would be complete nowadays without the use of in-house and third-party extensions. These free browser add-ons provide extra functionality and convenience to your browsing experience. To access the Extension panel in Edge, go to the main menu and choose Extensions:

Edge menu - extensions

As you can see above, I'm using 5 extensions in Edge at the moment:

Edge extensions

To see what extensions are available, look at the foot of the entensions panel and click, `Explore more extensions', which will take you to the Microsoft Store:

Edge menu - extensions

5. Favorites bar / Favorites

If you can't see the favorites bar near the top of the browser, go to Settings and more (Alt+F), Favorites, Show favorites bar, and choose Always, Never, or Only on new tabs.

You will see that Edge shows you the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+B to Show the favorites bar.

show the favorites bar


Right-clicking a favorite in the Chromium version of Edge, now gives you the following options: Open in new tab, Open in new window, Open in InPrivate window, Edit, Show icon only, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Add this page to favorites (Ctrl+D), Add folder, Show favorites bar (Ctrl+Shift+B), Hide favorites button from toolbar, and Manage favorites (Ctrl+Shift+O).

right-click favorite menu

6. Click to mute audio

If you'd like to mute the audio on a page, you can simply click the speaker icon on the page tab. Click it again to unmute it:

Click in tab to mute audio

7. Edge keyboard shortcuts

Alt + Right arrow Go forward
Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace) Go back
Ctrl + T Open a new tab
Ctrl + K Duplicate tab
Ctrl + Tab Switch to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Switch to the previous tab
Ctrl + 1, 2, 3, and so on Switch to a specific tab number
Ctrl + 9 Switch to the last tab
Ctrl + W or Ctrl + F4 Close the active tab
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the last closed tab
Ctrl + click Open link in a new tab
Ctrl + Shift + click Open link in a new tab and switch to that tab
Alt + Shift + click Open link in a new window 
Ctrl + F (or F3) Find on page
Ctrl + D Add current site to favorites or reading list
Ctrl + I Open favorites pane
Ctrl + J Open downloads pane
Ctrl + H Open history pane
Ctrl + P Print the current page
Ctrl + Shift + R Enter reading view
Ctrl + N Open a new window
Ctrl + Shift + P Open a new InPrivate Browsing window
Ctrl + Plus (+) Zoom in (25%)
Ctrl + Minus (-) Zoom out (25%)
Ctrl + 0 (zero) Reset zoom level
F5 or Ctrl + R Refresh the page
Esc Stop loading the page
Ctrl + L or Ctrl + O (letter O) Select the URL in the address bar to edit
Ctrl + Shift + L Open address bar query in a new tab
Ctrl + E Open a search query in the address bar
Ctrl + Enter Add www. to the beginning and .com to the end of text typed in the address bar
Ctrl + Shift + M Start creating web notes
Ctrl + Alt + M Copy selected content into a web note
F12 Open F12 Developer Tools  
Ctrl + U View source
F6 Toggle focus between webpage content and the address bar
F7 Turn caret browsing on for the active tab
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Show controls to clear browsing data
Reading books in Microsoft Edge:
Alt + T Open or close the table of contents
Ctrl + B Open or close your list of bookmarks
Ctrl + Shift + D Add or remove a bookmark
Ctrl + Shift + O Open or close Options
Ctrl + Shift + Y Open or close the reading bar
Ctrl + Shift + U Open Books in the Hub
Ctrl + Shift + G Start read aloud
F11 Enter or exit full-screen reading
Left or Up arrow, or Page Up Go to next page
Right or Down arrow, or Page Down Go to previous page
Home Go to beginning of book
End Go to end of book
Ctrl + F Search the book
Ctrl + Shift + S Save the book locally (for books not purchased in the Microsoft Store)
Ctrl + G Go to page (when the book supports page lists)
Alt + A Open the Notes panel
Reading fixed-layout books in Microsoft Edge:  
Ctrl + Shift + A Toggle between "fit to width" and "fit to page" layout
F8 Toggle between one-page and two-page layouts
Reading PDFs in Microsoft Edge:  
Ctrl + G Go to a specific page number
Alt + T Open or close the table of contents
Ctrl + F Search the document
Ctrl + Plus (+) or Ctrl + Minus (-) Zoom in / zoom out
Ctrl + Shift + A Toggle between "fit to width" and "fit to page" layout
F8 Toggle between one-page and two-page layouts
F9 Rotate PDF
F11 Enter or exit full-screen reading
Ctrl + Shift + G Start read aloud
Ctrl + Shift + M Add notes to PDF books
Ctrl + Shift + S Save a copy of the PDF document

More Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

8. Zoom in and enlarge content

If you'd like to make the page content larger (and easier to read) you can. Just press Ctrl on the keybaord while scrolling your mouse wheel. You can also press Ctrl while pressing + or - on the keyboard numpad.

9. Move tab to another window (right-click tab)

If you find yourself with many Edge tabs or windows open, you might want to organize them. You can right-click on a tab, and then choose Move to another window. You can then select to move that page/tab to a new window or any other Edge window that you have open. This makes it easier to separate tabs or group tabs together.

Right-Click on tab to choose Move to another window

More Edge tips are coming..

See also:

Links at Microsoft:

Microsoft Edge Developer Blog (Microsoft)
What’s new in Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Creators Update

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