Customize Microsoft Edge Toolbar in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser app in Windows 10. It's a Universal (UWP) app which has extension support, a fast rendering engine and a simplified user interface. With Windows 10 version 1809, the browser has got a number of improvements and new features. One of them is the ability to customize the browser's toolbar, the icon area you see next to the address bar. You can add or remove icons from there according to your preferences.

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Edge got a lot of changes with recent releases of Windows 10. The browser now has extension support, EPUB support, a built-in PDF reader, the ability to export passwords and favorites and a number of other useful functions like the ability to go Full screen with a single key stroke. In Windows 10 Creators Update, Edge got support for tab groups (Set Tabs Aside). In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the browser has been updated with Fluent Design.

Another great feature of the Microsoft Edge web browser is the ability to print web pages without ads, extra decorations and styles. Check out the following article.

Print Web Pages Clutter-Free in Microsoft Edge

Finally, you can make Microsoft Edge read the contents of a PDF, EPUB file, or a web page using the built-in Read Aloud feature of the browser.

The browser allows making specific extensions available in InPrivate windows. This can be done for each extension individually.

Starting with October 2018 Update, version 1809, you can customize its toolbar. Here's how.

  1. Launch the Edge browser.
  2. Click the three dots "..." menu button.
  3. In the Settings pane, click on the item Show in toolbar.Windows 10 Microsoft Edge Customize Toolbar
  4. Click on the items in the submenu to enable (check) or disable (uncheck) them.Windows 10 Microsoft Edge Add Toolbar Buttons

This will change the toolbar appearance. This way, you can hide the commands you never use and add functions you are using frequently.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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