Enable or Disable Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium

How to Enable or Disable Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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. If you are not happy with the Collections feature enabled out of the box in recent Edge builds, here's how to disable it.

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As of 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.

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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.

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However, if you are not interested in collections, you can disable them. As of now, Edge includes a flag to quickly disable or enable the collections feature.

To Enable or Disable Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open your Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Type edge://flags#edge-collections into the address bar and hit the Enter key.
  3. To enable Collections, select Enabled from the drop down menu next to the flag name.Microsoft Edge Enable Collections
  4. To disable collections, select Disabled from the drop-down list.
  5. Restart the browser when prompted.Edge Relauch Browser Flags

You are done!

Having Collections enabled adds a new toolbar button that opens your Collections gallery. When the feature is disable, the button isn't visible.


 

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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