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 activate the new functionality right now.
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.
Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium
Previously to it was only possible to enable to Collections feature in Chromium Edge in Canary channel using a flag assigned to it i.e. edge://flags/#edge-collections
Microsoft has recently released the stable version of Microsoft Edge and it is available for download. In case, you’ve already downloaded the stable version then you can also enable collection feature using an Edge properties shortcut. It means you don’t have to use Edge Canary to enjoy the functionality.
If you can’t wait to try this feature, then here’s how you can enable it:
Note: Before you start following the procedure, it is recommended to unpin Microsoft Edge from Taskbar. You can Pin it later.
1. Click on the Search icon available on the Taskbar and search Microsoft Edge.
Here, you need to right-click on the Microsoft Edge and select Open File Location.
3. In the Programs folder, you will find shortcuts for different application, look for Microsoft Edge.
Right-click on the Microsoft Edge Shortcut and select Properties.
4. In the Properties window, head over to Target section and add this —
msedge.exe You must leave a space after “ms edge.exe”
The full path should look like this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=msEdgeCollections
Note – You can also create a separate shortcut for Microsoft Edge application and add the same thing if you don’t want to create any mess in the target section
5. Click on the Apply button and then OK. If you get any warning, ignore it.
After doing this, next time when you launch a new Edge, the “Collections” button will appear in the toolbar.
Create Collections in Chromium Edge
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:
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 “New Collection” heading and then start typing the name of your choice.
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.
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 and then select Send to Excel.
Alternatively, you can also copy-paste the content wherever you want and share it with your friends.
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.
Thanks, Leopeva64-2 for the tip.