Living on the (New) Edge: Favorites

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 with 18 Comments

Those coming from classic Edge may find Favorites management in the new Edge a bit unfamiliar. But Chrome users will feel right at home.

When classic Microsoft Edge debuted in the original version of Windows 10 in mid-2015, it offered a unique interface for Favorites and other items called the Hub. This interface appeared as a pinnable pane that also included Reading list, History, and Downloads management. And when ebook support arrived in 2017, the Hub added Books management too.

That Hub interface is essentially still available in classic Edge today, but Microsoft no longer uses the Hub name, and a Favorites icon has replaced the old Hub icon in the classic Edge toolbar.

Which … doesn’t really matter because everything has changed in the new Edge. Unless, that is, you’re currently a Chrome user, in which case everything is the same: Favorites management in the new Edge works almost exactly like it does in Chrome. I happen to like this approach, but opinions will vary. And it is possible that Microsoft will change the interface to something more akin to classic Edge if enough testers complain.

We’ll see. In the meantime, here’s how Favorites management works in the new Edge today.

First, the new Edge displays the Favorites Bar by default for some reason. If you don’t want that, right-click it and choose Show favorites bar > Never from the context menu that appears.

To view your favorites list, navigate to Settings and more > Favorites. (The old keyboard shortcut, CTRL + I, does not currently work in the new Edge.) Your Favorites will appear in a menu.

This menu is OK for accessing individual favorites, and you can right-click favorites or folders to perform simple management tasks. But if you want to manage your favorites as a whole, you can access a new Favorites interface instead. To do so, navigate to Settings and more > Favorites > Manage favorites.

Here, you can perform all of the standard favorites management tasks, including the ability to drag and drop favorites to the positions you prefer. (This works in both the tree structure on the left and the main view.) You can also import your favorites (bookmarks) from other browsers and export favorites to an HTML file.

What’s missing, of course, is the ability to pin Favorites as a pane on the side of the browser window. Those who like that behavior can hope that Microsoft adds it later (and provide feedback to that effect). Or you can consider moving your frequently-needed favorites to the Favorites Bar and leaving that displayed instead.

One final note about Favorites: Today, they are the only user data that actually syncs via your Microsoft account between PCs. So if you install and manage your favorites in the new Edge on one PC, they will replicated when you install the new Edge on another PC. (Favorites do not currently sync between the new Edge and Edge Mobile, but that will change over time.)

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