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How to customize your favorites list in Edge for Windows 10

How to customize your favorites list in Edge for Windows 10

The favorites list in Edge works the same way as a bookmarks list. You can add your most-visited pages for easy access, you can organize with folders and subfolders, and you can even import your favorites from other web browsers. Here's how to customize your favorites list in Edge.

How to show the favorites bar in Edge

By default, Edge does not show a favorites bar beneath the standard toolbar. Here's how to enable the favorites bar so you can add sites for easy access.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the More button. It is located in the top-right corner of the windows and looks like "•••".
  3. Click Settings.

  1. Click View favorites settings.
  2. Click the switch below Show the favorites bar so that it turns blue (On).

Your favorites bar will now be present beneath the standard toolbar at the top of the window.

How to show only icons in the favorites bar

If you have a ton of favorites in the bar, you can set it so that only the icon shows rather than an icon and text. This saves space and also makes your favorites bar look a bit neater.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the More button. It is located in the top-right corner of the windows and looks like "•••".
  3. Click Settings.

  1. Click View favorites settings.
  2. Click the switch beneath Show only icons on the favorites bar so that it turns blue (On).

How to add a website to your favorites list or favorites bar

Now that you have your favorites bar enabled, it's time to start adding websites to your list.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Navigate to the website you'd like to add to the favorites list.

  1. Click the Add to favorites list button. It looks like a star and is located to the right of the address bar.
  2. Click Favorites.

  1. Click the dropdown arrow beneath Save in.
  2. Click a save location. You can choose from:
    • Favorites — This site will be saved in your favorites list accessible through the menu.
    • Favorites Bar — This site will be saved in the favorites bar, which can be set to be visible at all times.
    • Folder — Any folder you've created in the favorites list will also be visible here.

  1. Click Create new folder and type a name if you'd like to add this site to a subfolder beneath the generic favorites. This step can be ignored.
  2. Click Add.

How to remove a website from your favorites list or favorites bar

If you no longer visit a certain website that resides in your favorites list or favorites bar, you can remove it.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the Hub button — it is located near the top-right of the window and looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop each other.
  3. Click the Favorites button at the top of the menu. It looks like a blue star.

  1. Right-click the website you'd like to delete.
  2. Click Delete.

For a faster removal of a website from your favorites bar, you can simply right-click the icon and click Delete.

How to add a folder to your favorites list

Once you have multiple sites in your favorites, you might want to add some folders and subfolders for better organization. Here's how to add a folder to your favorites list.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the Hub button — it is located near the top-right of the window and looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop each other.

  1. Click the Favorites button at the top of the menu. It looks like a blue star.
  2. Right-click a blank spot in the menu.

  1. Click Create new folder.
  2. Type a name for the folder and hit Enter on your keyboard.

How to add a subfolder

For further organization, you can also add folders to folders. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the Hub button — it is located near the top-right of the window and looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop each other.

  1. Click the Favorites button at the top of the menu.
  2. Right-click the folder you'd like to create a subfolder in.

  1. Click Create new folder.
  2. Type a name for the folder and hit Enter on your keyboard.

How to rename a folder

Changing gears? You can rename a folder to suit its contents better.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the Hub button — it is located near the top-right of the window and looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop each other.

  1. Click the Favorites button at the top of the menu. It looks like a blue star.
  2. Right-click the folder you'd like to rename.

  1. Click Rename.
  2. Type a new name and hit Enter on your keyboard.

How to remove a folder from your favorites list

Sick of seeing a folder every time you save something to your favorites list? Here's how to remove folders.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the Hub button — it is located near the top-right of the window and looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop each other.
  3. Click the Favorites button at the top of the menu. It looks like a blue star.

  1. Right-click the folder you'd like to delete.
  2. Click Delete.

How to import favorites from other browsers

If Edge wasn't your first browser, you likely have a bunch of favorite sites stored somewhere else. Luckily, you can import your favorites quickly and easily. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click the More button. It is located in the top-right corner of the windows and looks like "•••".

  1. Click Settings.
  2. Click View favorites settings.

  1. Click the checkbox next to any websites you'd like to import favorites from. These are located beneath Import favorites.
  2. Click Import.

How to pin websites to the Start menu

Do you have a favorite site that you'd like to directly open? You can add a tile to your Start menu that will take you straight there.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Navigate to the website you'd like to pin to the Start menu.
  3. Click the More button. It is located in the top-right corner of the windows and looks like "•••".

  1. Click Pin this page to Start.
  2. Click Yes.

Your Edge favorites

How big is your favorites list in Edge? Do you take advantage of tiles in the Start menu? Let us know in the comments section!

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

23 Comments
  • I'd settle for not having new tabs crash, at this point.
  • The favorite functionality of Edge needs a good manager. Or, a good third party favorite manager
  • Bing Edge manage.
    More info: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/apps_windows_10-msedge...
  • Yes, this is what I use. A must for any discussion on Favorites in Edge. If you use Edge and want to work with your favorites, you pretty much need Edge Manage.
  • Thanks you so much for this!!! I'm having a problem where my Surface Pro stopped syncing my favorites with my PC a couple of weeks ago, and now I'm always scared that it will start syncing again but take my outdated favorites from the Surface Pro and delete the new one from my PC. With this tool I'll finally be able to Export from my PC and Import to my Surface Pro to make sure this does no happen! I've also been looking for a way to edit URLs in favorites forever!!! ​Thanks!!!
  • Can we pin to the task bar yet? I do this in W7 at work, saves so much time.
  • Yes. Would be great to have that function!!
  • Be great if there were a native way to add Bookmarklets. Have to use Edge Manage to do that right now. :(  (At least the current version works with it - the first had the bookmarklet work one time, then deleted the bookmarklet.)
  • I'd like to see a way to sort aiphabetically like we can in I.E., and oh yea! do something to stop getting "Page is not responding"!
  • How about getting Edge to sync from my phone to any other device and a functional way to sort the favorite folders in alphabetical order. Go ahead and try to drag and drop your folders into alphabetical order and see how frustrating it is. It is awful. Everything about Edge is frustrating. From pages not responding, to the 3 second delay when you want to open or close a tab. Just awful.
  • You can get Edge to sort alphabetically :) Right click on the list of favorites you want sorted, and choose "Sort alphabetically". I was SO happy when I found this :D
  • How do you "move" a folder? Or can't you?
  • You simply left click on it and drag and drop it where you want. The issue is it will usually open up another one of your favorites folders that you are trying to move it in between and end up being placed inside that folder as a subfolder. Very frustrating.
  • And there is no way (presently) to do it on Mobile, right?
  • The favorites bar is a must. Didn't know about showing icons only, nice tip! For bookmarks that don't show in the favorites bar, I use Bookmark OS (https://bookmarkos.com). It has an interface that makes managing your bookmarks like your desktop and it has been amazing. Highly recommend 
  • I started using Edge a few weeks ago to see if it was better than when it first came out. I'm having none of the problems other people have mentioned. Edge has been working SO well for me that today I uninstalled Firefox. I know there is an option to sort alphabetically from within favorite folders. My main folders were already in order. It's not difficult to move folders. Just click and hold, drag where you want and you can was easily drop it between folders without opening other folders if you don't rush and pay attention to what you're doing. 😉 The one thing I miss is the status bar at the bottom of the page. When I need to click on a link towards the bottom, the pop-up of the address associated with what I want to click appears over top of the link so I can't see the link and sometimes interferes with my ability to click the link. Overall, I am extremely happy with using Edge as my main browser. 🙂
  • Cool, I am happy it works for some :)
  • Yeah I'm not sure what peoples problem is, you can sort it easily it syncs between my phone and desktop perfectly and it doesn't crash nor do I have any lag, I'm often using it instead of chrome, when want to access something quicker. The only reason I still have chrome is because of one extention
  • For me, there is some sort of bug when it comes to sync with my Microsoft account. I resat two devices, and only the one running insiders actually work flawlessly, while the one running 14393.xxx is horribly buggy with sync. So odd :)!
  • My primary browser in home and office is MS EDGE. I like it alot, it's super fast and i love the dark theme.
    But my Major challenges are it doesn't perform well i if we use multiple tabs, if you set desktop notifications to any website, whatsappweb, gmail, yahoo and when you click notification message at action center the page goes to non responding.... This is the major error for me.
    You can't save passwords for few websites like gmail.
    When you click on a link 5/10 times page goes blank. Need to refresh the new page several times.
    You can't drag a link and drop to a new tab.
    If they resolve these issues i can uninstall chrome and Firefox.
  • Favorites bar STILL does not support subfolders. They just open in the favorite pane on the right, which is super annoying.
    Also we need favicon customization back, like in IE.
  • The time it takes to sync favorites from one computer to another is abysmal. Same goes for reading list. Its amazing that the fastest way to open a tab on a different device is to copy/paste the link in OneNote and open it that way. We need a feature like in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 where you could open a tab from another device. And it needs to be fast. EDIT: Also, I have complained about both of these issues in the Feedback Hub before anyone tells me to go there.
  • Could you share link :)? I would love to upvote feedback that improves the favorites sync UI.