Microsoft has just updated its Edge web browser to version 81. Among the main new features unveiled in this update, the Redmond company has just formalized one, Collections, which is largely inspired by Pinterest.
This new feature allows you to save the links of web pages that you view thematically, with the possibility for each collection created to add notes.
Each collection developed in Edge can then be shared in a Word or Excel document on the online version of office, or directly opened in the browser. Here’s everything you need to know to get started with Collections in Microsoft Edge.
1. Update Microsoft Edge
If you haven’t done so already, install the latest version of Microsoft Edge first. If the browser is already installed, you can force the update by clicking on the main menu represented by three small dots, then by hovering over the menu Help and Comments, clicking on About Microsoft Edge.
This page is also accessible by entering edge: // settings / help directly in the address bar. The browser should check for available updates and install them automatically.
If you don’t already have Microsoft Edge Chromium version on your machine, you will need to download the file to install it and enjoy the Collections.
2. Create a collection
To create a collection, click on the button + displayed to the left of your Edge user profile avatar. The collections section should then open. Then click on Start a new collection, then give a title to it.
3. Add a page to a collection
Then go to the web pages you want to keep track of. Click on Add an active page in the right pane, to add the page loaded in the active tab to your collection. Repeat as many times as necessary with all the pages you want to integrate into your collection.
For each collection, it is possible to add one or more notes. To do this, click on the button with a note at the top right of the Collections pane. The note will be added to your collection.
You can also change the order of saved pages and notes. This requires maintaining the click on one of the elements and dragging it before or after the other elements. The pages saved in a collection can be all opened both in the browser, but also in a new window, or in a private browsing window.
In addition to the possibility of adding complete pages to your collections, it is also possible to integrate individual elements (text, image, etc.) on the fly.
Directly select the content of a page then, using a right click, add it to your collection from the context menu where a menu should be Add to collection. You can also use drag and drop.
In addition, by entering a collection, it will be possible to export it to the online versions of Word and Excel. In the case of Excel, you will get a pre-filled spreadsheet showing the titles and URLs of the saved pages as well as the type of content. This will be particularly useful in the case of collections grouping, for example, objects sold on the canvas.
As for sending to Word, it will generate a document containing the name of your collection, your annotations as well as the titles of the pages and their hypertext links.