Windows 10 Tip: Start Your Transition to Microsoft Edge

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Windows 10 Tip: Start Your Transition to Microsoft Edge

If you’re interested in switching to Microsoft Edge from another browser—or perhaps you just wish to access your bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords—you can do so more easily once you’ve installed the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Note: This tip is derived from the Windows 10 Field Guide, which is now being updated for the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Unfortunately, your ability to move information from other browsers to Edge varies by browser. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome users can import their bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords to Edge. But Firefox users can only import bookmarks.

To get started, open Edge and select the Settings and More (“…”) button. Then, find the Import from another browser button under “Import favorites and other info” section in Edge settings.

In the Import your info from another browser pane that appears, you will see two main sections: Import your info, and Import or export a file.

Using the Import button under “Import your info,” you can use a simple wizard to pull your existing bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords from IE or Chrome, or your Firefox bookmarks only, into Edge. Regardless of which you choose, Edge will import your information and then create a new “Imported from browser name” folder in Favorites that contains the imported bookmarks.

From here, you can copy or move those bookmarks elsewhere in the Favorites hierarchy if needed: Just open Favorites (CTRL + I) and drag and drop.

(If you’re syncing your Edge settings between PCs, this data will of course sync to your other devices too, at least by default.)

You can alternatively use the Import from file button under “Import or export a file” to import a bookmarks file you previously saved with another browser. These bookmarks will appear in a folder in Favorites called “Imported from file name.”

Note: As you should expect, the Export to file button can be used to save your Edge bookmarks—sorry, favorites, to a file so that you can import them into another browser too.


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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Windows 10 Tip: Start Your Transition to Microsoft Edge”

  1. wolters

    I know this is wishful thinking but if Edge was released as a multi-platform browser, I'd consider going back to it. Since I use Chrome on mobile, I love having my info in (almost) perfect sync between all my devices. Chrome isn't my favorite but it is my go to browser now.

    • BeckoningEagle

      In reply to wolters:

      It hadn't occurred to me about this until you mentioned it.  Suddenly I have a new need in my life.

    • Darmok N Jalad

      In reply to wolters:

      Yeah, it is one benefit to an all-Apple environment, if that sort of thing is a very important feature to the user. I think when people say Apple isn't innovating, they fail to consider just how well these sort of features work and are implemented. You can even close browser tabs on your other devices remotely.

      What MS really needs to do is make Edge available on Android and iOS, even if they are just wrappers over the Google/Apple browsers. That's basically all that Chrome for iOS does, but it's enough to keep the user invested in Google services on every device they own. MS will continue to lose browser share until they solve the cross-platform problem, and even then, it might be too late since people will already have their preferences firmly entrenched.

    • hometoy

      In reply to wolters: Since I use Chrome on mobile, I love having my info in (almost) perfect sync between all my devices.

      Yeah, both Chrome and Firefox has a handy sync option for bookmark, extensions, settings and more.

      If you are using 2 different Windows 10 systems and log in using your Microsoft Account, does your Edge settings, browser and etc. synchronize?

      That would be a limited benefit to Windows 10 devices only.

    • Darmok N Jalad

      In reply to wolters:

      Weird. I replied to you several hours ago and the comment is gone. Any one else having issues getting their comments to stick?

    • Luka Pribanić

      In reply to wolters:

      Completely agree, for me it's a choice of Chrome+Android or Edge+W10... For a phone, unfortunately that's no longer a real choice, so I have to stick with Chrome

  2. SherlockHolmes

    Why should I do that? MSFT Edge has lesser funktions then Chrome or, in my case, Firefox. I dont see any need to change to Edge in its current state.

  3. Waethorn

    I hate that Edge has no good drag-and-drop Explorer-like manager for Favourites. That's a real step backward from Internet Explorer's filesystem-based Favourites IMO. It comes in handy in a number of situations. Take, for instance, the fact that you just imported all of your Bookmarks from another browser. Edge USED TO just import them into Favourites as is into the root folder. NOW, it puts everything into separate folders designated by which browser they were imported from, meaning you've just added an extra click to every Favourite lookup. Getting Favourites out of those folders involves dragging and dropping each individual Favourite back into the root folder. There is no option to select a whole bunch (or everything) and move them en masse. All the other browsers have this ability, including Internet Explorer.

  4. rameshthanikodi

    I don't know if it's just me, but Bookmarks in Edge take a long time to load. I would open the "hub" and i'll need to wait for quite a while before my bookmarks show up. It's terrible. Chrome and Firefox are almost instant.