7 Best Hidden Features in Microsoft Edge

By | April 1, 2022

Are you stuck in Chrome? Now you can do more with this new feature in Microsoft Edge.

The latest Edge browser from Microsoft has managed to give Microsoft an “advantage” among other Chromium-based browsers. If downloading Chrome or Firefox is the first thing you do on your new computer, we’ll give you a few reasons why you might want to stick with Microsoft Edge.

The latest update brings a ton of features, some of which you may never have realized were there. These features can enrich your browsing in many ways. Let’s explore the top hidden features of Microsoft Edge.

Get Latest Updates

Before discussing features, make sure you are running the latest version.

If you are using Windows 10, you will be automatically upgraded to Chromium-based Edge. If you’re still running an older version, you’ll need to download the new Edge from the Microsoft website.

To check if you are running the latest version of Edge, move your cursor to the top right corner of your Edge browser and click the ellipsis icon. From the dropdown menu, select Help and Feedback > About Microsoft Edge.

Sidebar Search

Mac users love the Safari Search option with Google, and so they should; it is a useful feature. This removes the hassle of having to paste copied text into a new tab and helps perform quick searches.

Edge comes with a more brilliant feature by introducing a sidebar that allows quick searches without having to open a new tab. By default, Edge will perform a search on Bing.

To try this feature, select the text on the web page and right-click on it. choose Search Bing in sidebar for… or you can also use a keyboard shortcut to perform a sidebar search by pressing Ctrl + Shift + E.

Install Website As App

This Microsoft Edge feature makes it easy to manage frequently used websites by installing them as apps. You can choose to pin websites to your Start Menu or desktop.

To install a website as an app, start by navigating to the website. Click the ellipsis icon at the top left of your browser and select Settings > Apps > Install this site as an app. Save this app with a name of your choice and it will open a new window for the website.

To manage websites that you have installed as apps, navigate to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps. Here, you can remove apps, pin them to the Start Menu or Desktop, or view site permissions.

Default Coupon Codes and Promos

Microsoft Edge now comes with a feature that will notify you if there is a coupon or promo for the shopping site you are browsing. A warning that reads “This site has a coupon!” will slide from the right of the address bar, and you’ll also see a blue price tag icon.

To use the code, click the price tag icon, hover over the code and click Copy code.

Edge will also help you find the best deals so you can maximize your savings and suggest appropriate coupon codes.

Web Capture (Capture)

The Web Capture tool replaces the Web Notes tool and enhances it. With Web Capture, you can not only capture the visible part of a web page, but you can scroll further down the page to enter as much content from the web page as you want.

To retrieve content from a web page, go to “”> Web Capture, or use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + S.

Once you’ve retrieved the content, you’ll have the option to Copy or Add Notes. This will open a dialog box where you can draw, share, copy, or save it on your computer.

If you want to easily access the Web Capture tool, right-click on the “…” menu and select Show in Toolbar.

Pin Tabs to Edge and Pin Websites to Taskbar

If you need to keep one or more websites permanently open while you browse the web, Edge allows you to pin them. To pin a tab, right-click on the tab and select Pin tab.

Pinned tabs will now appear to the left of all other open tabs. Pinned tabs are smaller, so they’ll also save you some real estate allowing you to keep more tabs open at one time.

You may also have some login websites that you open as soon as you launch the browser. You can reduce the steps in this process by pinning websites to the taskbar.

To do this, go to the website you want to embed and click on the ellipsis icon. Next, select More Tools > Pin to taskbar. A dialog box will appear where you will see the name of the website, which you can change based on your preferences. When finished, click Install Pin.

Switch Tab to Sleep

After introducing vertical tabs, Edge has added one more tab related feature.

Regardless of whether you’re browsing for work or personal purposes, you’ll need to have multiple tabs open so you can quickly switch between them as needed. However, it can consume a large portion of your memory and processor.

To work around this, Microsoft Edge allows you to put tabs to sleep. It frees up your computer’s resources, makes it work faster, and reduces battery consumption.

Microsoft illustrates the benefits of putting tabs into sleep mode and claims that it reduces memory usage by 32% on average and uses an average of 37% less CPU.

To put a tab to sleep, click the ellipsis icon at the top right of your browser and open Settings > System. Under Save resources, make sure the slider is next to Save resources with sleeping tabs turned on. Below you will see an option to select the duration of inactivity after which you want Edge to put the tabs into sleep mode.

The last option in the section Save resources lets you add exceptions for websites you don’t want to kill.

When you want to wake up a tab, just click on it and it will return to its normal state.

Choose a Non-ISP DNS Provider

Edge by default uses a DNS provider that has been set up by your ISP. If you are looking for better privacy and security, you may want to switch to another DNS provider like Cloudflare or OpenDNS.

To select a different DNS provider, go to “…”> Settings > Privacy, Search, and Services. Look for the Security section and make sure that the slider Use secure DNS to specify how to lookup the network address for websites activated.

Under this section, you have two options. Choose the second option Choose a service provider to use a different DNS provider, and select your preferred provider from the dropdown list. Some users have reported that the dropdown list is not showing up. In this case, use the following URL to select a different DNS provider:

  • Cloudflare: https://chrome.cloudflare-dns.com/dns-query
  • Comcast: https://doh.xfinity.com/dns-query{?dns}
  • Google: https://dns.google/dns-query{?dns}
  • Quad 9: https://dns11.quad9.net/dns-query

Microsoft Edge Hidden Features Revealed

By now you are familiar with the hidden features of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Getting to know these features can improve your browsing experience and, in this case, even save you money while shopping.

These hidden features paired with the productivity features that power Edge can let Chrome and Firefox compete for your browsing habits.

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