Move over, Internet Explorer: Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows Ten-town. Although IE is still around — the shortcut is buried in the Start menu under Windows Accessories — Microsoft clearly wants Windows 10 users to adopt Edge as their favorite new browser. After all these years, Internet Explorer has grown long in the tooth, especially compared with rival browsers such as Google Chrome. Edge is a more streamlined browser, one that dispenses with the menu bar, favorites list, and other items that clutter up the screen.
But as the new kid on the block, Edge might feel alien to longtime Windows and IE users. The lack of toolbars and other familiar features can be off-putting. In some ways, Edge is also a work in progress. Whereas IE supports virtually all types of extensions and add-ons, Edge currently handles only a select few.
You can still install and use Firefox and Chrome in Windows 10. However, you may just want to give Edge a whirl to see if you like it or at least can grow comfortable with it. And one way of getting comfortable is by tweaking the browser with your favorite features and options so it works the way you want it. In this article, we’ll show you how to customize Edge so it feels less foreign and more familiar.
Import Your Favorites
The first task you may want to undertake is to import your existing favorites into Edge. If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1, then your IE, Chrome, and Firefox favorites or bookmarks should have come along for the ride. To import your favorites into Edge, open the browser and click on the Hub button (the one with the three horizonal lines) in the upper right corner. Make sure the Favorites category is selected and then click on the button to “Import Favorites.” Click on the checkbox for the browser or browsers with the favorites you wish to import. You can also opt to display your Favorites toolbar with the sites you browse more frequently by turning on the option to “Show the favorites bar.” Then click on the Import button.