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How to Use and Organize Microsoft Edge Collections?

Microsoft Edge provides a very user-friendly feature through which the users organize and manage the frequently visited sites of even videos and pictures in the desired collection format. To enable the collection in Microsoft Edge launch the Microsoft Edge Browser and click the three dots for the menu and go to the settings. Now, switch to the Appearance section in the left side pane and enable the Show Collection Button toggle. 

While browsing through the internet, you might occasionally come across some contents that 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 situated 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 in searching for the required sites. Likewise, when it comes to pinning the tabs, then it slows down the entire web browser when you load it for the first time.

Related: How to Favorite and Manage Favorites in Edge Computer?

Fortunately, if you are using the Microsoft Edge Chromium build, you could bid adieu to all these issues, thanks to its Collections feature. But what exactly is it and how could you make full use of the same? 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 could 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 a plethora of 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 make full use of the same. Follow along.

Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge

The Collections feature is enabled by default in the Edge browser. To access it, just click on its icon situated 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 the Microsoft Edge browser on a computer.
  2. Click on horizontal 3dots icon for 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 if the Collections icon is available.

Create a New Collection

To begin with, click on the collection icon situated 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 most important collection occupy the top spot in the pecking order, then just drag and drop it to the desired location.

Add Contents to the Collections

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

Adding Pages to Collections

To add a new site to the collection, you may take two different approaches. The first one is heading over to the desired site, clicking on the icon to bring up the Collections menu, and then clicking on 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 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.

Add Images to Collections on Edge Computer

The steps are the same for hyperlinks as well. Just 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 page useful, then rather than adding the entire page, you have the option of only adding that particular section.

Add Part of Page Text to Edge Collections

For example, if you wish to send the first paragraph of a page to the collection, then 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 important aspects of this whole Collection feature is the ability to add notes. To create a new note, head over to the desired Collection and click on the Notes icon situated at the top right.

Add note to collections in Edge

You may now type in the desired content in the space provided. Likewise, it also 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/or their Data

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

Here are the steps to delete collections from the Collections list:

  1. First off, to delete contents from a collection, hover the cursor over the desired content.
    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 after that, it’s gone for good.

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

This will delete the collection as well as the 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 how to create and manage Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium. While some might argue that the said task could easily be done by the Bookmark itself, that isn’t the case. This is because the former is limited in features in comparison to the Collections feature.

There are quite a few reasons through which I may justify this statement. For example, if you find any interesting image or a snippet on the page, you can’t bookmark only that piece of content. Rather, you will have to bookmark the entire page and then manually search for their desired content.

Along the same lines, the Collections feature has completely streamlined the entire 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.

Related: Google Chrome Vs. Microsoft Edge: What to Choose?

With that said, we would love to hear your views about this feature as well. Do drop in your valuable insights about this new addition to the Edge browser in the comments section below.

FAQs: Use and Organize Microsoft Edge Collections

Now, let us go through the frequently asked questions regarding how to use and organize Microsoft Edge Collections.

How to enable collections in Microsoft Edge?

Launch the Microsoft Edge Browser and click the three dots for the menu and go to the settings. Now, switch to the Appearance section in the left side pane and enable the Show Collection Button toggle.

How to Add Pages to Collection?

Launch the page that you want to add to the collection and right-click in an empty location, select Add page to Collections, and select the Collection to which you need to add that page.

How to Delete collection and/or their Data?

Hover the cursor over the desired content which will bring up the selection box at the top right from where you need to click on the checkbox and then the content will be selected. Finally hit on the Delete icon and the content that you selected will be gone.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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5 thoughts on “How to Use and Organize Microsoft Edge Collections?”

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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)

    1. Thank you, Sarah, for dropping your thoughts, and appreciate your feedback to improve us better. We have made the correction.

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