Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge Stable

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How to Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge Stable

One of the useful and exciting features of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is Collections. Collections allow you to organize your links into topics and quickly organize, export, and manage them. Unfortunately, Collections are not available in the stable version of the browser.

A few days ago, Microsoft released the first stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium to the public. Surprisingly, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

The Collections feature is a special option in Microsoft Edge that allows the user to organize the web content your browse, including images, text, and links, into collections, share your organized sets, and export them to Office.

Since December 9, 2019, Microsoft enables collections for users of the Canary and Dev channels of Edge Insider Preview. Here are a number of improvements made to Collections, and which is now available to Insiders.

Key Features of Collections in Microsoft Edge

Access your collections across your devices: We’ve added sync to Collections. We know some of you have seen issues around sync, your feedback has been helping us improve. We know this is an important scenario and are ready for you to try it. When you are signed into Microsoft Edge preview builds with the same profile on different computers, Collections will sync between them.

Open all links in a collection into a new window: We’ve heard you’d like an easy way to open all sites saved in a collection. Try out “Open all” from the “Sharing and more” menu to open tabs in a new window, or from the context menu on a collection to open them as tabs in the current window so you can easily pick up where you left off. We’ve also heard that you want an easy way to save a group of tabs to a collection. This is something that we are actively working on and are excited to share when it is ready.

Edit card titles: You’ve been asking for the ability to rename the titles of items in collections, so they are easier for you to understand. Now you can. To edit a title, right click and choose “Edit” from the context menu. A dialog will appear giving you the ability to rename the title.

Dark theme in Collections: We know you love dark theme, and we want to make sure we provide a great experience in Collections. We’ve heard some feedback on notes which we’ve addressed. Try it out and let us know what you think.

 “Try Collections” flyout: We understand that if you’re an active user of Collections that we were showing you the “Try Collections” flyout even though you previously used the feature. We’ve now tuned the flyout to be quieter.

Sharing a collection: You’ve told us that once you’ve collected content you want to share it with others. We have lots of work planned to better support sharing scenarios. One way you can share today is through the “Copy all” option added to the “Sharing and more” menu, or by selecting individual items and copying them via the “Copy” button in the toolbar.

Once you’ve copied items from your Collection, you can then paste them into your favorite apps, like OneNote or Email. If you are pasting into an app that supports HTML you will get a rich copy of the content.

Also, starting in Edge 81.0.392.0 Canary, there is a new option to enable or disable the Collections toolbar button in the browser.

To Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge Stable,

  1. Right-click on the Edge shortcut.
  2. Select Properties from the context menu. Tip: See How to open file or folder properties quickly in Windows File Explorer.
  3. In the shortcut target text box, modify the command line by adding the --enable-features=msEdgeCollections portion after msedge.exe.
  4. Click on Apply and OK.
  5. Relaunch the browser using the modified shortcut.

You have now collections enabled.

The following video demonstrates the Collections feature enabled in Microsoft Edge.

To undo the change, just remove the --enable-features=msEdgeCollections command line argument from the shortcut target.

For pre-release versions, 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. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.

Actual Edge versions

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

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer 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.

One thought on “Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge Stable”

  1. Hi.
    My name is Silvana.
    I need your help please.
    My collections on Microsoft Edge disappeared. I really need the links.
    Please how can I recuperate them?
    It just disappeared. The collection is empty.
    I contacted Microsoft and they remotely had access to my computer. They deleted the Edge and after they install it again. They started the sync on Tuesday around 5pm.
    It has been more than 24 hours and nothing changed. No one folder was added to the collections.
    Did I lose everything? How? I did not do anything.
    Maybe it was an automatic update. This is my guess.
    I have Windows 10.
    I do not know if it was an update from windows or from Edge.
    I REALLY need this collections. There was a lot of links that I collected over 4 months for my work.
    Please help me on how to get this back.
    Thank you so much.


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