Windows 10 Tip: Pin Frequently-Used Websites to Tabs in Microsoft Edge

Posted on April 9, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 4 Comments

Windows 10 Tip: Pin Frequently-Used Websites to Tabs in Microsoft Edge

While Microsoft Edge does not let you pin frequently-accessed websites to the Windows 10 taskbar, you can at least pin them within the browser so they are always available.

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

Favorites in Microsoft Edge work much like bookmarks do in other browsers. But Microsoft Edge also offers another way to quickly access your favorite websites: You can pin them to the browser as special tabs that appear every time you open Edge. Pinned web pages appear as mini-tabs at the top left of Edge, and to the left of the first normal tab.

To pin a page to Edge, open it in the browser and then right-click in the tab at the top. Then, choose “Pin” from the pop-up menu that appears. You can, in turn, unpin a pinned tab in the same manner: Just choose “Unpin” from the pop-up menu that appears.

Note: Pinned tabs only appear in the first Edge window you open.

 

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4 responses to “Windows 10 Tip: Pin Frequently-Used Websites to Tabs in Microsoft Edge”

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    SvenJ

    You can also add them to the favorites bar and turn that bar on, as you have always ben able to do in IE. You can pin sites to the Start Menu as well. I have a group where I keep those sites I visit a lot, like this one.

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    MikeGalos

    And, of course, you can pin a tab to a Live Tile in the Start screen which makes it easily accessible to both Desktop and Tablet modes. Kind of the 2017 version of pinning to the Taskbar.

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    RonH

    "Note: Pinned tabs only appear in the first Edge window you open."


    That explains it, I thought I found a bug...

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    edboyhan

    When tabs are pinned they are relocated to the far left of the tabs bar, and the tabs are resized so they only contain an icon. All your pinned tabs will then be found to the left of the tabs bar, and they take up less space than unpinned tabs.

    When you click on the "set tabs aside" button (at the extreme left of the tabs bar), only the non-pinned tabs are set aside, and a new page tab is added to the tab bar to the right of the pinned tabs.

    If you click on the "tabs you've set aside" button, it will show you all those tabs, and give you the option to restore them, or to "share" the set aside tabs with some applications -- currently only mail, and OneNote can accept the list of set aside tabs. If you keep a lot of open tabs (as I do), this could be a somewhat convoluted way to keep a record of your non-pinned open tabs by setting them aside, and then either sending the set aside tabs to a OneNote page, or mail them to yourself.

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