Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Build 10158 (and 10159) – A closer look at the new features in the browser
Earlier today, we reported about Windows 10 Build 10158, which was released to the fast ring of the Windows Insider Program.
And now let’s take a look at the new browser in it.
Meet, Microsoft Edge. The image featured above shows you the logo of the browser, which was formerly known as Project Spartan.
This is the new icon for Edge, it looks very similar to the logo Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Edge gets a Home Button:
The browser did not have a home button until today. But, Microsoft has added the option to enable it in the latest version of the browser, Microsoft Edge 20.10158.
Here is how you can enable the Home button in Microsoft Edge:
- Click on the three dot menu in the top right corner, and scroll down to “Settings”.
- Now click on the “Advanced Settings” option.
- Finally, click on the “Show the home button”.
The Home button will be added next to the refresh button, in the top left corner of the toolbar.
Import favorites from other browsers to Edge:
You can now import your favorites and bookmarks to Microsoft Edge.
To do so, Click On the Menu > Settings, and select “Import favorites from another browser”.
New Start-up options in Microsoft Edge:
As you can see from the above image, Microsoft Edge has different Start-up options. You can choose to open Edge with:
- A Start Page
- New Tab Page
- Previous Pages
- A Specific Page or Pages
Click On the Menu > Settings to change the start-up option.
New Tab options in Edge:
The New Tab options available from the settings and you can select one of the following options:
- Top sites and suggested content
- (just) Top sites.
- Blank Page
Password Manager and Form-Fill in Edge:
Microsoft Edge can now Save Passwords and Saving Form entries (Auto-fill).
Microsoft Edge now lets you manage your passwords for your favorite websites.
Both options are enabled by default. If you wish to disable them, Go to Advanced Settings and scroll down and click on the toggle button beside each option.
Change the Search Engine in Microsoft Edge:
Edge now allows you to change the default search engine it uses. By default, it uses the Microsoft Bing Search Engine.
To change it to another search engine, follow the instructions below.
1. First go to a search provider’s website. for e.g.: DuckDuckGo.com
2. When the webpage has loaded, you will see a small pop-up on the bottom of the page.
3, Click on it, and you will get another pop-up. Click on the “Here” option to add DuckDuckGo as a search provider.
4. Now go to the Advanced Settings and click on “Search in the address bar with” and click on the “Add New” option.
5. Select “DuckDuckGo” from the list, and choose the “Add as Default” option you are good to go.
Microsoft Edge gets a Dark Theme:
Microsoft Edge finally gets a new theme, a Dark Theme. Click on settings and then on the dropdown menu below “Choose a theme”, and click on “Light”
Now, click on the Dark Theme.
This will change the interface of the browser to use the Dark Theme. This is what it looks like.
And this is what the menu looks like in the Dark Theme.
Background Audio & Drag and Drop Tabs:
Apart from these changes, there are two more features which were added to Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Build 10158. The browser now lets you drag and drop tabs to a new window. Edge will now play audio, when the tab is in the background, or even when the browser itself has been minimized.