On the occasion of Build 2019, Microsoft announced several new features that are coming to the Edge Chromium browser, including Collections. In this post, let’s learn what it is a Collections feature and how to create collections in Edge browser.
Chromium Edge Collections
Collections is a handy feature that lets users select the text, images, and multimedia elements from web pages and merge them into new actionable Collections. You can gather, organize, and share the content while surfing the web. For example, you can send each collection as an Excel file, or you can copy it or send it as an e-mail.
Create Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium
Earlier when Microsoft released the stable version of Microsoft Edge, users have to take the help of Edge properties shortcut hack to enable the collection feature in the Edge browser.
Starting with Microsoft Edge v81, the collections feature is available out of the box and users don’t have to take the help of flag “edge://flags/#edge-collections” and Shortcut hack to enable and start using the feature.
Creating Collections in Chromium Edge is super easy. Once you’re on the page which you want to add into your collection, then here’s what you need to do:
To try the Collections feature in Edge browser you need to update Microsoft Edge browser to latest version i.e. Edge Version 81.0.416.53 or above.
1. Using Collections Icon
Click on the “Collection icon” available on the upper right corner and then click on the Start new collections.
In case you want to give your collection a name, then click on the “Start New Collection” heading or click on the button and then type the name of your choice. For Useful Notes
Now click on the “Add Current page” button available on the top and bottom of the collection bar. The page will be quickly added to the collection.
Alternatively, you can right click on the page and select Add to Collections > Start New Collection
2. Using the Right-Click Context Menu
You can right-click on the image, text, or hyperlink and then select “Add to Collections” and then select collections into which you want to add it.
You can either add the current page in the previously created Collections or create a new one by select Start new collection.
3. Drag and Drop Content
When the Collections pane is open in your browser, drag-drop specific content into the Collections. It could be text, image, or even the hyperlink.
You can use any of the methods discussed above to Create a Collection. The screenshot of the collections will appear as a Card in the Collections Pane.
The Cards for the images will be more visual and larger, while when you add the full web page, it will display the most relevant content from the page.
Edit Collections in Chromium Edge
Editing the collections is also possible. You can either add notes, rearrange the content, and remove the content. You will find the buttons for the same above the Collections card.
It is also possible to Export or Share collection, thanks for adding the appropriate button to do so. Click on the Share button. Here, you will find options to:
- Send to Excel – Will open the collection into Excel file
- Send to Word – Will open the collection into Excel file into Word Document.
- Open All – Will open all the content in Collection in different tabs
- Copy All – This will copy all the content into clipboard which you can paste anywhere.
In case, you have created multiple Collections in Microsoft Edge, then you need to select particular collection by checking the box available on the upper right corner and then click Delete button.
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Collections feature look super cool and could be handy for bloggers, students, and professionals. What do you think of Collections? Will you use this feature? Let us know in the comments.
New features in Microsoft Edge v81