It’s easy to forget how handy the humble bookmark – or favorite – is. The ability to jump to a site without typing a single letter saves a lot of time, and Microsoft is making a number of changes in its Edge browser to make the feature even more useful and easy to use.
The company admits that managing bookmarked websites is a bit of a hassle right now, as you have to navigate away from the page you’re visiting. Hence, the changes currently being tested allow not only access to favorites but also some impressive management options.
Edge currently offers two ways to interact with favorites. The drop-down menu provides easy access to your bookmarked websites so you can visit them quickly. However, for more convenient management, you̵
The new “experience” – as Microsoft calls it – combines these two ideas and combines the best of both worlds. The updated menu not only allows you to visit websites via a neat tree structure, but also rearrange, rename, and edit your bookmarks.
The update also allows you to browse your favorites without having to visit the full favorites pages. Other handy options include importing and exporting from the favorites menu, removing duplicate entries, and much more.
What is your favorite?
Microsoft advises, “The new favorites menu will stay with you for as long as you need it and disappear when you’re done. This makes it easy to open or manage multiple favorites at the same time.”
However, if you prefer, you can pin the Favorites pane to the side of the browser window so you can access it while you perform several bookmark-related tasks. And – in the name of choice – the old favorites pages remain available at Edge: // favoritesor by clicking … Button on Favorites and choose the manage favourites possibility
Currently, the new “Favorites Experience” is only available to people running the Developer or Canarian builds of Edge. While these two versions are less stable than the normal release version, if you want to try out the new features, these preview versions of the browser can be safely installed alongside the major version and downloaded here.