The collections function in the new Microsoft Edge browser can be thought of as a repository where you can store and manage content that interests you. Although this is a first version, it gives an overview of the final changes that may be introduced later. The previous version used an experimental flag that was disabled by default. The current version, on the other hand, is enabled by default for all Microsoft Edge channels.
Store web content using Microsoft Edge Collections
The versatile tool can adapt to many roles. For example, if you are a buyer, it will help you collect and compare items. If you are an event planner, this will help you gather all the information about your event. Or, if you’re a teacher or student, Collections will help you organize your web searches and create your lesson plans or reports.
After going through the brief history of this feature, let’s see what new improvements the revamped version of Microsoft Edge Collections includes.
- Ability to access collections on different devices
- Ability to edit map titles
- Option to open all links in a collection in a new window
- Quieter Collections Pane
- Dark Theme in Collections
- Sharing via collections.
You can start by opening the collections pane from the button next to the address bar. It is visible as a double square icon. Once open, select ‘Start a new collection‘ and give it an appropriate name. Once you get familiar with it, you can start adding more related content to your collections.
1]Ability to access collections on different devices
Microsoft has added synchronization to collections. So when an Insider logs in to preview builds of Microsoft Edge with the same profile they use on different computers, the collections will automatically sync between them. This allows Insiders to easily and securely access files anytime, even when offline. Plus, they get the latest version of the file at their fingertips.
Microsoft humbly acknowledges there have been sync issues, but user feedback has helped it improve and refine the experience.
2]Edit map titles
One of the most requested and long-awaited features of the Edge browser is the ability to rename the titles of items in collections. Fortunately, the request received a positive response via a dedicated dialog box. You can now edit a title by right clicking and choosing ‘Edit‘ in the context menu. When the dialog appears, find the option to rename the title.
3]Option to open all links in a collection in a new window
Similarly, other feedback from many users regarding an easy way to open all saved sites in a collection urged the developers to come up with a new ‘open all‘ option. From now on you can open all links by,
- Get to ‘Sharing and more‘ to open the tabs in a new window.
- Via the contextual menu of a collection to open them as tabs in the current window.
This way you can ensure that you pick up where you last left off. Another user request for an option to save a group of tabs to a collection has yet to materialize. However, Microsoft assures that its team of developers is actively working on it. He may soon share the news when he is ready.
Annoying popups and annoying flyouts can distract you. So, to restore peace and quiet, Microsoft did ‘Try the collections‘ Flyout to be quieter and less annoying.
5]Dark Theme in Collections
The advantages of dark themes are numerous and easy to understand: you don’t have to strain your eyes, the text is easier to read and, besides, they look cool, don’t they? Edge developers have made sure to provide the same experience in collections. So, try the dark theme in collections and let us know what you think.
6]Sharing via collections
Sharing is an essential and universal etiquette in the digital world. As such, the ability to share content with others has become a new tradition. Adhering to this practice, Collections in the Edge browser will allow sharing in 2 ways,
- Through the ‘Copy all’ option added to ‘Sharing and more‘ menu
- By selecting individual items and copying them via the ‘Copy‘ in the toolbar.
Once you’ve copied items from your collection, you can then paste them into your favorite apps, like OneNote or Email. If you paste into an application that supports HTML, you’ll get a rich copy of the content.
Microsoft Edge Collections now also lets you follow online content creators.
Let us know if you find this feature useful for storing web content.
How to Enable Collections Feature in Microsoft Edge Browser
How to show or hide the Collections button in Microsoft Edge browser.