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Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft. Edge was introduced as a new browser with the release of Windows 10. It offers a simple and minimalist interface, making it that much easier to browse the Internet.
In previous versions of Windows, the default web browser was Internet Explorer. Starting with Windows 10, Edge has replaced IE as the new default browser. If you're using Windows 8.1 or earlier, you'll want to refer to our Internet Explorer tutorial instead.
If you've used a version of Windows 8.1 or earlier, you're probably used to browsing with Internet Explorer. Even though Edge is fairly similar to IE, you may need to adjust to some of these key differences between the two:
Edge is a simple web browser with a clean design that's very easy to use and navigate. If you've used Internet Explorer, several elements of Edge may feel familiar. If you've never used Internet Explorer, you may need to spend some time becoming familiar with the Edge interface.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using the Edge interface.
The Back, Forward, and Refresh buttons allow you to reload and move between sites you've recently visited.
Edge allows you to view multiple websites in the same window using tabs. Just click a tab to view that page. To create a new tab, click the New tab button. You can also press Ctrl+T on your keyboard.
Click here to access the Hub. Within the Hub, you're able to view and edit your Downloads, History, Favorites, and Reading List.
Click here to add notes, draw on, and highlight the current website. You can then save it or send it to someone.
Click here to share the current webpage with someone else via email, messaging, social media, and more.
Click here to open new windows, zoom in or out, print, and access the settings menu.
The address bar is also a search bar. You can use it to navigate to different websites or perform a web search. Suggestions will appear below the address bar as you type, making navigation quick and easy.