Microsoft Edge's bookmarks bar is called the Favorites bar, and here's how to enable it

Strangely, it's not enabled by default, but that's easily fixed.

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Rob Schultz

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Gerry wants to switch his browser to Microsoft Edge but doesn’t know whether it has a “bookmarks bar.”

Gerry's in luck, because Microsoft’s new Edge browser has something called the Favorites Bar, which is just Microsoft’s word for bookmarks, and it’s pretty easy to enable. Why it’s not enabled by default is beyond me, but there’s a lot of things about Edge that I don’t get. For example, why is the icon that represents Favorites three horizontal lines of different lengths? That makes no sense at all, but now I’m getting sidetracked.

Speaking of sidetracked, if you're curious about Edge, which ships with every copy of Windows 10, read Mark Hachman's comprehensive how-to on the new browser. And if you just want to know how to import your favorites from Chrome or Internet Explorer, be sure to read this article by my colleague and former Answer Line author Lincoln Spector, which covers some of the same stuff I’ll be discussing below.

First, open Edge and click the three little dots in the far right-hand corner and you’ll see a menu slide out from the side of the browser. Click Settings at the very bottom.

Favorites settings

You’ll see an area in the middle labeled Favorites settings. Click View favorites settings.

Finally, right there at the very top is a switch labeled Show the favorites bar. Click it to turn it on and you’re all done.

Favorites bar
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