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Use and Organize ‘Collections’ in Microsoft Edge

Do you want to use the 'Collections' feature in Microsoft Edge on your computer? Learn how to organize pages and media under Collections for revisiting.

Microsoft Edge provides a user-friendly feature through which users organize and manage frequently visited sites, videos, and pictures in the desired collection format. You can add, remove, sort, and organize the links, images, and pages in the form of a category of collections that will be stored in a web browser.

Create and Manage Collections on Edge browser

While browsing the internet, you might occasionally find some content you wish to save for later. Likewise, there could be a few sites that you would visit regularly. Hence for easy access to these contents, there are a few prospects that you could consider.

The first of which might involve creating a bookmark. Likewise, you might also add that page to the bookmark bar just beneath the URL. Then you could also take the approach of pinning these tabs. White, each of these, is indeed a viable option. However, they might not fall under the feasible domain for some users. The reason?

Well, in my case, the bookmarks are already filled with a plethora of content. Hence it becomes a tough job to search for the required sites. Likewise, when it comes to pinning the tabs, it slows down the entire web browser when you load it for the first time.

Fortunately, using the Microsoft Edge Chromium build, you can bid farewell to all these issues, thanks to its Collections feature. But what exactly is it, and how could you fully use it? Let’s check it out.

What is Microsoft Edge Collection?

The Collection feature of the Chromium-based browser allows you to save all your favorite content for later use. Be it any website, a particular section of the webpage, links, or an image, you could add all of them to this section and access the same as and when required.

Microsoft Edge Collections Feature

Moreover, you could create different Collections for varied sections, which are kinds of categories, such as one for Chrome, another for Firefox, and so on. This allows for a neat organization of many contents under distinguished headings.

With that, you might have got a decent idea about this feature. Let’s now check out the steps to enable it and fully use it. Follow along.

Enable Collections

The Collections feature is enabled by default in the Edge browser. To access it, click on its icon to the right of the address bar.

Collections icon in Microsoft Edge

However, if it isn’t present there, you can follow these steps to enable the collections to feature in the Edge browser:

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge on a computer.
  2. Click on More horizontal 3dots icon for the menu list.
  3. Choose Settings from the list.
  4. Switch to the Appearance section in the left side pane.
  5. Enable the Show Collections Button toggle.
    Show Collections button on Edge in Appearance Settings

Relaunch the Edge Chromium browser and check the toolbar section to see if the Collections icon is available.

Create a New Collection

To begin with, click on the collection icon next to the address bar. Then click on the Start new collection button, give it a name, and that’s it. You may create as many collections as you wish by following this procedure.

Start new collections list in Microsoft Edge

By default, the newly created one occupies the top spot. But you could also rearrange them as per your liking. So if you wish to make the essential collection occupy the top spot in the pecking order, drag and drop it to the desired location.

Add Contents to the Collections

As mentioned, you could add websites, URLs, images, and even a single paragraph of the desired content to these collections. Likewise, each collection has an embedded notepad that allows you to jot down all your essential points.

Adding Pages

You may take two approaches to add a new site to the collection. The first is heading to the desired site, clicking on the icon to bring up the Collections menu, and then clicking on the Add current page.

Add current page in Microsoft Edge Computer

Then you could also right-click in an empty location on the desired page, select Add page to Collections, and select the Collection to which you need to add that page.

Page Added to Collection in Edge Computer

Adding Images and Links

Apart from websites, You could also add images to the collections that you have created. To do so, right-click on the desired image and select Add to Collection. Choose the required collection, and the image will be saved there.

Add Images to Collections on Edge Computer

The steps are the same for hyperlinks as well. Right-click on the URL > Add to Collection > Select the desired collection.

Adding Part of a Page

If you find only a particular section of a helpful page, you can only add that particular section rather than adding the entire page.

Add Part of Page Text to Edge Collections

For example, if you wish to send the first paragraph of a page to the collection, highlight that para, and select Add page to Collections. Then select the desired collection from the list, and that’s it.

Adding Notes

One of the most critical aspects of this whole Collection feature is the ability to add notes. To create a new note, head to the desired Collection and click the Notes icon at the top right.

Add note to collections in Edge

You may now type in the desired content in the space provided. Likewise, it has some the text editing capabilities such as making the text Bold, Italics, Underlined, creating an Ordered/Unordered list, changing the background color of notes, and so on.

Delete Collections and their Data

If any particular note or content belonging to a collection is no longer needed, you can quickly delete them. Likewise, you could even delete the entire Collection itself.

Here are the steps to delete collections:

  1. First, hover the cursor over the desired content to delete contents from a collection.
    This should bring up the selection box at the top right.
  2. Click on the checkbox, and the content will be selected.
    Delete selected content from the Edge Collections
  3. Hit the Delete icon, and the selected content will be deleted.

You will get a 5-second window to revert it via the Undo option, but it’s gone for good after that.

Likewise, the steps to delete an entire collection are almost the same. Select the desired Collection folder and hit the Delete icon at the top right.
Delete Edge Collections

This will delete the collection and content within the collections; hence use this option carefully if you want to retain the content.

Bottom Line

So this was all from this guide on creating and managing Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium. While some might argue that the Bookmark could easily do the task, that isn’t the case. This is because the former is limited in features compared to the Collections feature.

There are quite a few reasons through which I may justify this statement. For example, if you find any exciting image or a snippet on the page, you can’t bookmark only that content. Instead, you must bookmark the entire page and manually search for their desired content.

Along the same lines, the Collections feature has completely streamlined the process of efficiently segregating the contents under separate sections. Then the option to add notes under each collection proves to be the icing on the cake.

That said, we would also love to hear your views about this feature. Drop in your valuable insights about this new addition to the Edge browser in the comments section below.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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