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.
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 in Microsoft Edge
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.
However, if it isn’t present there, you can follow these steps to enable the collections to feature in the Edge browser:
- Launch the Microsoft Edge browser on a computer.
- Click on More for the menu list.
- Choose Settings from the list.
- Switch to the Appearance section in the left side pane.
- Enable the Show Collections Button toggle.
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.
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 to Collections
You may take two approaches to add a new site to the collection. The first is heading over to the desired site, clicking on the icon to bring up the Collections menu, and then clicking on the Add current page.
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.
Adding Images and Links to the collection
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.
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 to the Collection
If you find only a particular section of a helpful page, you can only add that particular section rather than adding the entire page.
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 in a Collections
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 on the Notes icon at the top right.
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 from the Collections list:
- 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.
- Click on the checkbox, and the content will be selected.
- Hit the icon, and the selected content will be deleted.
You will get a 5-second window to revert it via theoption, 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
This will delete the collection and content within the collections; hence use this option carefully if you want to retain the content.
Bottom Line: Microsoft Edge Collections
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.
I really like Collections. But, if you have a long list of collections, there is no way to search to find the collection you want or search across collections to find something, is there?
Hi Steve, unfortunately, Edge does not have the search feature within collections. However, when we bookmark/favorite the link, then we can use the address bar to search the saved items. But, there is no explicit feature to search collections.
Thanks for the summary.
Edge should implement a way to rearrange the order of the tabs in a collection so they are in that order the next time the collection is opened. Maybe there is a way, as mine changed order for no reason I could discern, but it might have been something I did.
I wish they’d implement a two-clicks way to open all tabs in a collection. (One click would be better. It’s three now)
Thank you, Sarah, for dropping your thoughts, and appreciate your feedback to improve us better. We have made the correction.
I’ll echo the wish for a double-click to open all tabs in a collection or allow a default action for single-click that includes open all tabs, edit, etc.
I also wish you could set the default Edge open to open a default set of collections.
I have 3 collections I use regularly that I open each day and hate that I have to click on collections (1), right click on the collection I want to open (2), and then click on Open All (3).
Drag and drop from page to collection would also be quite handy