Microsoft Edge: How to get the most of this browser


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Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft, and it was first released for Windows 10 in 2015. Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10, and it’s imagined as a replacement for Internet Explorer 11.

How to use Microsoft Edge, and other important questions

How to use Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft Edge works just like any other web browser, so you won’t have any issues adjusting to it.

  1. To open Microsoft Edge, just click it’s pinned icon on the Taskbar.
    microsoft edge taskbar
  2. Alternatively, just open the Start Menu, type Microsoft edge and select it from the list of results.
    search microsoft edge
  3. Once Microsoft Edge starts, you use the address bar on the top to enter the desired website or a search query.
    address bar search microsoft edge
  4. To open new tabs, click the plus icon next to the tab name, or use Ctrl + T shortcut.
    new tab microsoft edge

Frequently asked questions regarding Microsoft Edge

What is the difference between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer?

Microsoft Edge is a newer browser, and it comes with a new flat design and user interface that looks modern and minimalistic.

Edge also has support for various extensions that enhance its functionality. Additional features include Cortana integration, Reading Mode, Web Note, and easy link sharing.


Can Microsoft Edge be deleted from Windows 10?

It’s possible to delete Microsoft Edge by using PowerShell. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  2. Run get-appxpackage *edge* command.
  3. Look for PackageFullName Select it and press Ctrl + C copy it.
    get-appxpackage edge
  4. Now type remove-appxpackage followed by PackageFullName The command should look like this:
    • remove-appxpackage Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_44.18362.449.0_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe
      remove-appxpackage microsoft edge

Note: Bear in mind that the PackageFullName value will be change alongside the version of Edge you’re using. You should also know that Microsoft Edge is a core component of Windows 10, and by removing it you might encounter certain issues.


Where are Microsoft Edge downloads?

By default, all Microsoft Edge downloads are stored in the Downloads directory on your PC. The file path to this directory is the following:

  • C:\Users\your_username\Downloads
    downloads folder microsoft edge

Microsoft Edge problems and troubleshooting

Although Microsoft Edge is a great browser, it has its share of issues. To see how to fix these issues for good, be sure to check our wide collection of technical guides.