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How to import Favorites, enable Sync in Microsoft Edge

How to import Favorites, enable Sync in Microsoft Edge

by AshwinNovember 30, 2015

Windows 10 is getting more and more popular with each passing day, but one of its most important components, Microsoft Edge, still has a pretty low user base.

Microsoft Edge Favorites Sync IE Chrome

This maybe attributed to the fact, that not everyone knows how to use the new browser.

But, if you’re amongst the brave, who want to switch to make the switch to Edge, there are a couple of new features you should learn about.

How to import Favorites to Microsoft Edge:

Favorites, aka bookmarks are essential for every web browser. And here is how you can import your favorites to Edge.

1. Click on the three-dot menu button to open Microsoft Edge’s settings.
2. Now, click on the “View Favorites Settings”
3. Under the Import Favorites section, check the browsers you wish to import the bookmarsks from.
4. Click on the “Import” button to initiate the process.

It may take a few minutes for the import process to complete, depending on the number of bookmarks you had in the old browser.

Sadly, Microsoft Edge does not support import favorites from Mozilla Firefox, or Opera or Vivaldi. In fact, Edge only supports importing favorites from two browsers: Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

To view your Favorites, click on the Hub (three-line) button, next to the address bar in Edge. The Star tab in the Hub is the place where you can access your favorites from.

How to enable Sync in Microsoft Edge:

One of the additions which Windows 10 Build 10586, aka the Threshold 2 Update, brought in, is the ability to Sync Favorites and Reading List across all of your Windows 10 devices. Here’s how to enable the feature.

1. Open the browser’s settings by clicking the three-dot menu button.
2. Scroll down to the Sync your content section, and check the option to enable sync in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge Favorites Sync

That’s all there is to it, it just takes two mouse clicks, and your content will now be available in all your Windows 10 devices. It’s also a good way to have a backup of your favorites too.

To disable Sync in Edge, simply follow the above process and uncheck the option.

Is Microsoft Edge ready to replace Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome? Maybe, just maybe. But only if you don’t use extensions, if you are a power user who relies on extensions, you will have to wait until June 2016, which is when Microsoft has said it will add the support for the feature in Edge. This is likely to be one of theĀ  highlights of Windows 10’s next major update, codenamed Redstone.