Add or Remove Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Add or Remove Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge has recently switched to a new rendering engine, to the famous open-source Blink project which is used in most mainstream browsers. The browser is now Google Chrome compatible, and supports its extensions. today, we'll see how to turn on or off the favorites bar in Microsoft Edge.


The Favorites bar is a special toolbar which holds web site bookmarks you have added there. It allows visiting them with one click, without opening extra menus or configuration pages. By default, the favorites bar appears only on new tabs. You can make it always visible, or disable it completely. Here is how.

To Add or Remove the Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Open any web site or an empty tab.
  3. Press Ctrl + Shift + B. This will toggle enable the favorites bar.Edge Chromium Favorites Bar
  4. If the Favorites bar wasn't visible (i.e. it was disabled, or set to become visible on new tabs only), the keyboard sequence will enable it.
  5. Otherwise, it will hide it (set to Never visible).

There are a number of other options you can use to toggle enable the favorites bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium. Let's review them.

The first method works only when the favorites bar is visible on the screen.

Add or Remove Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge from Context Menu

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. If you see the Favorites bar, right-click on it.
  3. Select the Show Favorites bar drop-down menu.Edge Chromium Favorites Bar Context Menu
  4. From its submenu, select either Always, Never, or On new tabs according to your preferences.

Also, there is an option in the app menu that allows you to configure the appearance of the favorites bar. Here's how.

Toggle Enable Favorites Bar from Menu in Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Open the Edge Chromium browser.
  2. Click on the menu button, or press Alt + F to open the menu.Edge Chromium Menu Button
  3. From the menu, select Favorites > Show favorites bar, and select either Always, Never, or Only on new tabs for what you want.Edge Chromium Show Favorites Main Menu

You are done.

Finally, there is an option in the app settings that you can use to configure the favorites bar visibility.

Enable or Disable Favorites Bar from Settings of Chromium Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge Chromium
  2. Click on the menu button, or press Alt + F to open the menu.Edge Chromium Menu Button
  3. Select Settings from the menu.Microsoft Edge Chromium Settings Menu Item
  4. On the left, click on Appearance.
  5. On the right, select either Always, Never, or Only on new tabs next to the Show favorites bar line under Customize browser.Edge Chromium Show Favorites Bar Settings Option

You are done.

 

Microsoft Edge Channels

Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. The stable channel is also on its way to users. You can find the actual Insider Preview versions at the end of this post. The stable version of Microsoft Edge is expected to be released on on January 15, 2020.

Actual Microsoft Edge Versions

The actual pre-release versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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