How to Enable and Use Edge Bar

Use Edge Bar

Microsoft Edge features an Edge bar that allows you to do multitask with lightning-fast speed. Follow the article below to find out how you can enable and use Edge bar.

Microsoft Edge is a well-known browser and is widely used by a large number of people. This is a web browser that syncs your passwords, favorites, and settings on a number of devices. This browser includes a number of features like collections, vertical tabs, and an immersive reader. These features help you to organize and manage your time while browsing, searching, sharing, and so on. Well, the new feature of this browser has now been introduced in the market i.e., Microsoft Edge Bar. This Edge bar is a floating sidebar that allows you to do multiple tasks at the same time with ease. 

However, the Microsoft Edge Web widget is now re-named as Edge Bar, which is basically a sidebar placed at the right side of a screen. It enables users to check out the weather forecast or news headlines or to visit favorite websites from the desktop. Well, in this article, we let you know what it is and how you can enable or disable it. So, let’s go ahead!

What actually Microsoft Edge Bar is?

Use Edge Bar

Edge Bar is basically a feature of Microsoft Edge which appears as a mini browser on Windows 11’s PC. It is placed on the right side of a screen and is similar to Microsoft News and Weather widget. It works more than these widgets and has an extension of the Edge browser (or an independent widget) that portrays the content even if the browser is closed. This bar offers every information of user’s choice i.e., info related to sports, technology, gadgets, markets, and so on. It also contains integrated Outlook, LinkedIn, and Bing buttons that allow its users to switch between the apps.

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Moreover, it is an MSN/Bing-powered floating window (or a sidebar) that can be pinned to your desktop on a Windows screen. Also, it is a fully customizable widget having a number of modes (that allow you to access your favorite websites, news feeds, weather, stocks, and so on (without a full browser window). You can set it as a sidebar that is pinned on the right side of a screen permanently. Well, it is a resizable floating window on a desktop (a search-only bar), or can be minimized to a floating button.

Enable Edge Bar on Windows 11

If you are interested in pinning an Edge Bar on a screen or want to open this bar from the Windows startup so, you have to enable this option first. To do so, simply, follow the steps given below:

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on a PC and click the three-dots icon placed on the top right side of a window. 
  2. Click the settings options from the list that appears 
  3. From the list that appears on the left side, select the Edge Bar option from the available options 
  4. Now, click the ‘Open Edge bar’ option to launch the Edge bar. Alternatively, you can click the three-dots icon again then, select ‘More tools’ > finally, select ‘Launch Edge bar’.

Remember: This will open the Edge Bar and pin it to the right side of a screen. When it is done, the window will automatically adjust the Edge Bar on a screen. Well, you can set the Edge bar every time whenever you turn on your PC.

To do so, follow the simple path: 

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on a PC and click the three-dots icon placed on the top right side of a window. 
  2. Click the settings options from the list that appears 
  3. From the list that appears on the left side, select the Edge Bar option from the available options 
  4. Click the toggle button of the ‘Automatically open Edge bar when the computer starts’ option to turn it on, which is placed under the open edge bar option.

Moreover, to close the Edge bar follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Click the ‘Close’ button placed at the bottom right corner of the Edge bar.
  2. Alternatively, click the ‘Settings and more’ (gear icon) button and then, select the ‘Close’ option
  3. You can also close the Edge bar by right-clicking the icon in the Taskbar corner overflow and then, selecting the ‘Quit’ option.

Personalize the Edge Bar’s Feed

You can personalize the feed of Edge Bar by liking the stories from the news feed. Also, you can set the feed of your choice or what kind of update you want to see in it. To do so, follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Click the gear icon (i.e., settings and more option) on an Edge Bar and then, select the settings option (or simply, open the Edge browser > select three-dots icon placed on the top right side > then, choose settings option > select Edge Bar). 
  2. Now, choose the Personalize button placed in front of the Personalize your Edge feed option. Alternatively, you can click the pencil icon placed at the bottom of the Edge Bar.

This will open up the My Interests page on the MSN website that allows you to add, remove, and manage interests to personalize your feed. You select the topic by selecting it (a blue tick appears in front of it). If you want to remove any topic click it again (until the blue tick disappears).

Expand the Info Screen

Moreover, if you want to see more information regarding a particular topic then follow this path: choose the Edge Bar feed > then, click the three-dots icon on it > choose ‘More stories like this’ option. Hence, this will show more posts related to that particular topic. 

Nonetheless, if you don’t like a particular feed then, choose the Edge Bar feed > then, click the three-dots icon on it > choose ‘Fewer stories like this’ option. Well, if you want to hide the particular post then, choose the Edge Bar feed > then, click the three-dots icon on it > choose ‘Hide stories from …’ option.

Hence, this will hide that particular post and also, refreshes the feed. However, if you change your mind then, click the pencil icon (i.e., ‘Personalize’ button) > then, go to the My interests page > then, uncheck the source that you wanted to unhide is placed under the Hidden sources section.

Customizing the Edge Bar

In the Edge Bar, you can customize it by changing language, changing widget mode, enabling/disabling auto-hide, and so on.

You can change the language for updated news as well as for its interface. Well, to do so, follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Select the language icon placed at the bottom next to the pencil icon
  2. Now, choose the language of your own choice from the drop-down menu

Moreover, you can auto-hide the Edge Bar by clicking the ‘Enable autohide’ button placed below the gear icon at the bottom right corner of the bar. Hence, it will not fully hide the bar, still, there appears a small vertical bar (same as the size of a taskbar) placed at the right side of a screen.

To view the Edge bar fully, click any of the four icons (i.e., MSN, Bing, Outlook, LinkedIn) placed at the top of a bar. Well, to disable the auto-hide option of the bar then, click the ‘Disable autohide’ option placed on the right side under the gear icon.

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How to use Edge Bar?

By default, the Edge bar only shows info like weather or sports news, but there are ways to customize it. You can personalize it to show things of your interest, I mean there will be new still, but you can see your favorite topics. If you add websites there then with a single tap you can open them.

You can add quick launch icons of your favorite websites, those you visit frequently. For multitasking, this Edge bar is the best option, you don’t even have to check your tabs now. No need to open a tab and write down the address, just add your daily use websites and you are good to go.

There is a refresh button to refresh your feed so you stay updated with all the news. This is best if you are into stocks, so you can always see what is happening in the stock market.

Final Words

The Edge bar works like a mini browser and you can do all your small tasks on it. You’ll get notifications, and you can even reply from there if you are allowed. Moreover, it also shows a search engine, Bing is the default option, but you can change it. For quick searches, this search bar can help you as it shows the results on the edge bar.

Choose a website from the results and you’ll see its mini-view on the edge bar. If you have any problems in the website view, it means the website is not designed for mobile devices.

For any queries, you can leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Do share with us how often you use Edge bar and how convenient it is for you.

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