Microsoft Edge: first look at the Edge Bar feature

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Microsoft is working on a new feature for its Microsoft Edge web browser which it calls Edge Bar. Edge Bar displays content in a floating or pinned window on the right side of the screen; both states are independent of the Edge browser window.

Edge Bar is an experimental feature at this stage which is gradually rolling out to browser users. You can check Menu > More Tools to see if Edge Bar is listed as one of the options.

The first launch displays a short reminder next to the bar with a link to a support page. The bar itself displays information very similar to Widgets in Windows 11 or the News & Interests feed in Windows 10, as all three are powered by the same source: MSN.

The bar features a Bing search option at the top, displays weather information and local headlines. Content is powered by MSN and Microsoft, and users can change what is displayed by clicking the “pen icon” in the footer; this opens the edit area of ​​the MSN website.

There you can change the language, enable or disable modules such as Sports, Traffic, or Weather, and let Microsoft know your interests to personalize the News Feed.

edge bar newsfeed

The default interface displays several items in a small bar on the left side. From top to bottom, these are Home, Bing Search, Outlook, LinkedIn, Add Item, User Profile, Rewards, Settings, and Pin.

Most options are self-explanatory. The plus icon opens a basic form that accepts a web address and name. You can use it to add any website to Edge Bar permanently. A click on the icon displays the website in the interface. Note that it depends on the site if it displays correctly in the small window provided by Edge Bar.

pinned edge bar

Basic navigation options are displayed at the bottom if a website is displayed. You can go back and forward, reload a page, return to home, or open the current page in the Edge browser. An option to directly load another URL is also provided.

Selecting Pin attaches the entire window to the left side of the screen. The window is set to always be on top by default, but you can enable the auto-hide button to see just a small vertical bar on the right side when the window is not actively in use.

Closing words

Edge Bar is like a small browser window that you can attach to the side of the screen. It looks like the Vivaldi web browser sidebar, but is not attached to the browser window.

Edge Bar is configured to launch with the default computer; this should be disabled in Edge settings, edge://settings/edgeBar, while all customization options are configured on the MSN website and not in Edge.

Microsoft continues to offer its MSN News Feed and Bing Search to users. Widgets and News & Interests are already available on Windows 10 and 11, and the Edge browser’s default tab also displays information. The main attraction of Edge Bar is the ability to display custom URLs. Many users already do this by displaying two browser windows side by side.

The interface lacks customization options. You cannot change the search engine or remove it, nor can you remove the default icons in the interface.

Now you: what is your opinion on Edge Bar?

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Microsoft Edge: first look at the Edge Bar feature

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Microsoft Edge: first look at the Edge Bar feature

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Microsoft is working on a new feature for its Microsoft Edge web browser which it calls Edge Bar. Edge Bar displays content in a floating or pinned window on the right side of the screen; both states are independent of the Edge browser window.

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Martin Brinkman

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