4 Cool Things to Know About Edge Browser in Windows 10
Internet Explorer is now a thing of the past as Microsoft has stopped support for versions 7, 8, 9, and 10. With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has given importance to the Edge browser. Many interesting features were introduced compared to older versions of Explorer, but revoking support delivered a final blow.
We have covered interesting features in the Edge browser. Today, I will talk about 4 additional tips to get more done on the Edge browser. Let’s have a look.
1. Open Websites in IE for Compatibility Issues
Edge is a modern browser but can have compatibility issues on some websites. For instance, certain websites that require a Silverlight plugin are not compatible with Microsoft Edge. You will see the Download Silverlight button on them. Additionally, websites that still use older HTML and CSS might look broken. In these cases, you can click on the Edge browser 3-Dot menu and select Open with Internet Explorer. The web page will open with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10.
If you need to run a website in an older version of Internet Explorer, press F12 to open the debugging mode. There, go to the Emulation tab and select the User Agent String option for the desired Internet Explorer version. The page will reload in compatibility view.
2. View Saved Passwords
Microsoft Edge saves passwords in Windows Credential Manager. Open Control Panel and go to the Credential Manager option.
Here, you will find Web Credentials that store all the edge browser passwords. The summary shows the login URL and your username. If you expand, you will find the hidden password with the option to reveal it. For security reasons, Windows will ask for the administrative password before showing the passwords in plain text.
The trick is useful for retrieving passwords, but it can raise security concerns. To disable this setting, go to Edge Browser’s Settings, navigate to Advanced Settings, and disable the option to save passwords.
If you frequently visit a website, you can pin it to the Start menu and desktop for easy access on tablets. To do this, open the webpage and choose the option “Pin this page to Start” from the menu.
The websites will be pinned to the Start Menu and you will also get the latest updates as Live Tiles. The tiles can be resized using the right-click menu and as per the user’s needs.
4. Change Default Search Engine to Google
As obvious as it is, the default browser for Microsoft Edge is Bing. But it can be changed to Google, DuckDuckGo, or any other search engine provider you prefer. To set Google as the default homepage, open the homepage and click on “Settings.” Then, open “Advanced settings” and find the option “Search in Address Bar with Bing.” Click on “Change” and Edge will automatically recognize that you are on the Google homepage with an open search box, and it will suggest adding it.
That’s it. You can add and set any search engine as default using this trick.
These are advanced tips for Microsoft Edge users. If you have any doubts, feel free to ask in our discussion forum. I would also like to know why you chose Edge over Firefox and Chrome. I’ll be monitoring the forum to hear from you.
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