Top Microsoft Edge Productivity Tips

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I thought it would have been a cold day, you know, before I left Google Chrome. But I’ve been happily using Microsoft Edge as my primary web browser for over a year now. It’s fast like Chrome – it should be, because it leverages Chrome technology under the hood – but there are just a few bells and whistles here and there that make it a great browser for work and play.

Here are some of my favorite time-savers, power-ups, and fun features that I use every day to help me work a little smarter.

read aloud

I use Microsoft’s excellent read-aloud feature daily to skim through long articles and, even better, to verbally proofread what I’ve written.

Once you land on a webpage you’d like to read, click the little “A” icon on the right side of the address bar or right-click anywhere and choose “Read Aloud” in place.

The read-aloud feature will then open and start reading the page to you. Look for audio controls at the top of the page. They let you pause, skip, and change the voice and playback speed.

Sign PDFs

If you need to make a quick signature in a PDF, just open it in Edge and choose the Draw tool from the menu bar (it looks like a pen nib).

Once you’ve applied your John Hancock, click the save icon (it looks like a floppy disk – remember that?) and you can save the annotated PDF to your computer for easy sharing.

If Edge is not your default PDF viewer, you can either drag a downloaded PDF into Edge to view it or change Edge to be your default PDF viewer by following these instructions. for Mac and For windows.

Sync tabs from other devices

Using Edge on multiple devices is great because it can automatically sync your bookmarks, passwords, and more, including tabs.

Say you’re reading a great article on your phone and want to pick up where you left off on your computer. When you get to your computer, click the menu icon (the three dots in the upper right corner), choose History, then click the “Tabs from other devices” submenu item.

You’ll then see all the tabs you’ve recently opened in Microsoft Edge from your other devices.

If you’re using Windows and want to send a specific tab from your device to your computer, tap the menu icon in the Edge app on your device and choose the “Send to Devices” icon to launch the tab from there. your phone. or tablet (iOS or Android, it doesn’t matter) on your Windows computer.

Add sites to the new tab page

The page that appears when you open a new Edge tab can be a great launching pad for sites you want to keep close at hand.

By default, you’ll see a collection of frequently visited sites at the bottom. You can add new ones by clicking on the plus sign on the right. You can also remove a site you don’t want to display by hovering over it, clicking the three little dots in the top right corner, and then clicking Remove.

Hassle-free screenshots

It’s easier than ever to capture part of a screen or the entire page in Edge. Simply right-click and choose Web Capture from the menu. From here, you can choose to capture a specific area of ​​the page or take an entire page capture.

You can then save the capture as an image or annotate it first if you want to jot down some notes.

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