Microsoft has announced an update to the user interface of the Favorites pane in the Edge browser. In addition to the pane pinning option that we have covered earlier, there is a new tree-style view, and the ability to directly re-arrange entries with drag-n-drop without opening the bookmark manager.
According to the company, they received a lot of feedback regarding the Favorites feature in the browser. Users often name the following issues.
- While the favorites menu provides quick access to your favorites, it isn’t always the easiest to use and more complex tasks typically require going to the edge://favorites page
- The favorites page works well for bulk management but isn’t ideal for more lightweight tasks like getting to, updating, or moving a single favorite
- Many users miss the Hub in the legacy version of Microsoft Edge—especially the ability to pin your favorites and other content open while you browse
So, based on the above, Microsoft updated the Favorites pane. The new favorites experience blends the power of the full page with the dropdown’s ease of access. Favorites are now displayed in a classic tree view, and the user can edit, organize, and even search bookmarks in-line without having to go to the full page. The new favorites menu remains visible while you need it and disappears when you’re done, making it easy to open or manage multiple favorites at once.
You can now add new favorites and folders directly from the dropdown menu, sort, import or export your favorites, remove duplicate items, and much more.
These changes are currently available in the Canary and Dev channels.