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Use and Organize ‘Collections’ in Microsoft Edge

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

Microsoft Edge provides a user-friendly feature called ‘Collections’ through which we can organize and manage frequently visited sites, videos, and pictures in the desired collection format.

You can add, remove, and organize the links, images, and pages in the form of a category of collections that will be stored in a web browser that we can refer to later.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to enable, use, and manage the Collections in Microsoft Edge.

What is the Microsoft Edge’s Collections?

The Collection feature 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. It allows for a neat organization of many contents under distinguished headings.

Microsoft Edge Collections Feature

Enable the Collections Feature in Edge app

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:

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge on a computer.
  2. Click on the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and choose Settings from the list.
  3. Switch to the Appearance section in the left side pane.
  4. Enable the Show Collections Button toggle.
    Show Collections button on Edge in Appearance Settings
  5. Relaunch the browser and check the toolbar section.
    It will enable the Collections button in the toolbar.

Create a New Collections List

To begin with, click on the Collections icon in the toolbar and choose the Start New Collection button in the sidebar panel. Give the new collections a desired name and start adding the links, etc.

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. Select and drag a collection to the desired location. We can create unlimited Collections and add the content.

Add the Contents to the Edge 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 the Pages to a Collections bucket

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

Otherwise, you can right-click in an empty location on the desired page, select Add page to Collections, and select the Collections Name to which you need to add that page.

Page Added to Collection in Edge Computer

Adding Images and Links to the Edge Collections

Apart from website addresses, you can also add images to the collections. To do so, right-click on the desired image and select Add to Collection. Choose the desired collection from the list, 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 to Collections in Edge browser

If you find only a particular section of a helpful page, you can only add that specific section or paragraph rather than 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, select the paragraph, and from the context menu, choose Add to Collections. Then select the desired collection from the list, and that’s it.

Adding Notes to the Collections List in the Edge browser

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 text field to add the note. Likewise, it has some text editing capabilities, such as making the text bold, italics, and underlined, creating an ordered/unordered list, changing the background color, and so on.

Delete the Collections and their Data

If any particular note or content belonging to a collection is no longer needed, you can quickly delete them. Likewise, we can even delete the entire Collection itself. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Click on the Collections icon to open the sidebar.
  2. Select a Collection from the list.
  3. Hover the cursor over the desired content to delete.
    It should bring up the selection box at the top right.
  4. Click on the checkbox, and the content will be selected.
    Delete selected content from the Edge Collections
  5. Hit the Trash icon.
    The selected content will be removed from the collection.

You will get a 5-second window to revert via the Undo option.

Similarly, you can enable the checkbox to delete the Collections folder and hit the Delete icon at the top right.
Delete Edge Collections

It will delete the collection along with the content within that collection.

Bottom Line

While some argue that the Bookmarks or Favorites could easily do the task, that isn’t the case. You can’t bookmark only that content if you find any exciting image or a snippet on the page. Instead, you must bookmark the entire page and manually search for their desired content.

Along the same lines, the Collections feature has streamlined the segregation of the contents under separate sections. Then, adding notes under each collection further enhances its capabilities.

The collections feature is handy for online research and idea collection purposes. You can keep adding the related information to a collections bucket.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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