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How to manage favorites on Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft Edge, like its predecessor, also includes support to store and sync favorites (known as bookmarks on other browsers), which is a convenient way to save links to websites you visit frequently. On Windows 10 and macOS, the browser not only allows you to save favorites, but it also includes settings to manage them for a more organized experience browsing the web.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the basics to add, import, edit, and manage favorites settings on Microsoft Edge so you can get everything all set up on your great desktop computer or Windows laptop.

How to save websites as favorites on Microsoft Edge

To save favorites on Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to a web page.
  3. Click the Favorites (star) button on the address bar.
    • Quick tip: You can also use the Ctrl + D keyboard shortcut to open the experience to create a new favorite.
  4. (Optional) Specify a new (and shorter) name for the link.

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  1. Use the Folder menu to select the location to save the website. (Use the Favorite bar option if you want the link to appear in that section.)
  2. Click the Done button.

Once you complete the steps, the website will be saved in your list and sync across devices if signed in with a Microsoft account.

Alternatively, you can create a new favorite by clicking the Favorites (star) button (Ctrl + Shift + O keyboard shortcut) in the address bar, clicking the Favorites options (three-dotted) option, and selecting the Add current tab to favorites button.

While in the Favorites flyout, you can also click the three-dotted button and select the Add all tabs to favorites option to save all the current links.

How to access favorites under address bar on Microsoft Edge

To show the favorites under the address bar, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Click on Appearance.
  5. Under the "Customize toolbar" section, use the Show favorites bar drop-down menu and select one of the available options:
    • Always.
    • Never.
    • Only on new tabs.

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After you complete the steps, the favorites bar will appear below the Microsoft Edge address bar.

Alternatively, you can show and hide the favorites bar quickly using the Ctrl + Shift + B keyboard shortcut. Or you can click the Favorites (star) button (Ctrl + Shift + O keyboard shortcut) in the address bar, then click the three-dotted button and select the Show favorites bar option.

Show favorite button in address bar

If the Microsoft Edge favorites button is missing, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Click on Appearance.
  5. Under the "Customize toolbar" section, turn on the Show favorites button toggle switch.

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Once you complete the steps, the button to access the favorites menu with all your links and the option to manage your list will appear next to the address bar.

How to import and export favorites from file on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge also allows you to import favorites from a file and export saved links to an HTML file.

Import favorites from file

To import favorites from a file, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click the Settings option.
  4. Click on Profiles.
  5. Click the Import browser data option.

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  1. Use the "Import from" drop-down menu and select the Favorites or bookmarks HTML file option.
    • Quick note: You can also import the information from other browsers, including Firefox and Chrome.

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  1. Check the Favorites or bookmarks option.
  2. Click the Choose file button.
  3. Select the file with bookmarks.
  4. Click the Open button.
  5. Click the Done button.

After you complete the steps, the favorites (bookmarks) will import into your browser.

You can also access the settings to import bookmarks by clicking the Favorites (star) button (Ctrl + Shift + O keyboard shortcut) in the address bar or opening the Settings and more menu, selecting the Favorites option, clicking the Favorites (three-dotted) option, and selecting the Import favorites option.

Export favorites to file

To export Microsoft Edge favorites to a file, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Favorites (star) button.
  3. Click the More options (three-dotted) button and select the Manage favorites option.

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  1. Click the More options (three-dotted) button from the top-right and select the Export favorites option.

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  1. Select a folder location.
  2. Specify a descriptive name for the exported file.
  3. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, all your favorites will export to an HTML file that you can save as a backup and import it to the same or different browser.

You can also access the settings to import bookmarks by clicking the Favorites (star) button (Ctrl + Shift + O keyboard shortcut) in the address bar or opening the Settings and more menu, selecting the Favorites option, clicking the Favorites (three-dotted) option, and selecting the Export favorites option.

If you're trying to transfer your collection of links to another computer, it is best to enable and configure the sync feature on Microsoft Edge (see steps below).

How to enable favorites sync on Microsoft Edge

Connecting the browser with a Microsoft account allows you to keep a backup of your links in the cloud and quickly access your favorite websites from any device.

To enable or disable sync for favorites on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click the Settings option.
  4. Click on Profiles.
  5. Under the "Your profile" section, click the Sync option.

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  1. Click the Turn on sync button (if applicable).
  2. Click the Confirm button.
  3. Turn on or off the Favorites toggle switch to enable or disable syncing for your links.

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After you complete the steps, favorites stored on the browser will sync to the cloud and across devices, depending on your configuration.

How to manage favorites on Microsoft Edge

Using the managment tool, you can organize various other aspects of your saved links. For instance, you can create new favorites, edit old ones, hide labels, and delete favorites and folders manually. You can even remove duplicate bookmarks.

Create favorites or folders

To create a new favorite manually or folder to organize your links, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Favorites (star) button.
  3. Click the More options (three-dotted) button and select the Manage favorites option.

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  1. Click the Add favorite or Add folder option.

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  1. Confirm the link or folder information.

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  1. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the new folder or link will be added to the list.

If you created the item in the wrong section, you can always drag and drop it in the favorite bar or any other folder.

Remove favorites or folders

To delete a favorite or folder on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Favorites (star) button.
  3. Click the More options (three-dotted) button and select the Manage favorites option.

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  1. Select the item.
  2. Click the Delete button.

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Alternatively, you can always right-click the folder or favorite anywhere in the browser and select the Delete option.

Edit favorites or folders

To modify a favorite or folder on Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Favorites (star) button.
  3. Click the More options (three-dotted) button and select the Manage favorites option.

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  1. Right-click the item and select the Edit (or Rename in the folder case) option.

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  1. Complete the changes.

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  1. Click the Save button.

After you complete the steps, the item will be saved with the new changes. You can also edit items by right-clicking a link or folder and selecting the Edit option.

Remove duplicate favorites

To remove duplicate items on your list of links, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Favorites (star) button.
  3. Click the More options (three-dotted) button and select the Manage favorites option.

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  1. Click the More options (three-dotted) button from the top-right and select the Remove duplicate favorites option.
    • Quick note: The feature checks for duplicate names, which means that if you have two identical links with two different names, then the favorite won't be deleted.

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  1. Click the Remove button.

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Once you complete the steps, duplicate favorites and folders will be removed, and the changes will sync across devices if sync is enabled.

Hide labels for favorites and folders

It is also possible to hide the name of a favorite or folder in the favorites bar to fit even more links.

  • To hide or show the name of the favorite or folder, right-click the item from the address bar and click the Show icon only option.

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  • To display the label again, right-click the item, and click the Show icon only option to clear the setting.

We are focusing this guide on Windows 10, but the steps should also work for older versions of Windows and macOS.

More Windows 10 resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

13 Comments
  • I'm confused as to why the Favorites bar is the root folder of favorites and everything else is dumped into a folder under that called Other Favorites. I so much prefer the way classic Edge managed & displayed favorites.
  • I'm with ya. It's the same annoying method as Chrome and I was hoping MS would improve it but the only thing they changed was the name, "Favorites" instead of "Bookmarks".
  • Keep in mind, it's still a work in progress. Hopefully, they will change that, before releasing it with a future system update. Also, use the Feedback option to see if others have posted this.
  • Report your feedback if you haven't already.
  • I manually dragged everything out of the Other Favorites folder into the root Favorites Bar. That is the way it should be.
  • They always do that with imported bookmarks, in case you wanted them separate from your current bookmarks so they don't get all blended together. At least that's what I heard.
  • While logically I agree with you, it is helpful to get people who are Google Chrome users to edge since the structure is simar. It's one less of a learning curve.
  • They need to add a side bar to pin bookmarks too. I miss CTRL-B in this browser... Just a floating menu is annoying when you access bookmarked pages frequently.
  • I am unable to sync favorites from Edge on Windows 7 to Edge on Windows 10(has legacy Edge installed).
  • I was switching laptops this week. I just installed the new Edge on the old one last week and had my favorites well organized in the address bar. As syncing is disabled somehow for my AD account I had to manually export them and import the favorites on my new laptop. But when I imported the html file I created with the new Edge on my old laptop, they were in a folder named "address bar", but not in my address bar folder. I had to move them to the right folder for the address bar manually. But I really like the new Edge, it just needs some polishing here and there 👍🏻
  • One of the screwy things with Edge Favorites is when syncing with a mobile device. On my PC, Edge creates a favorites folder named Phone and has all the favorites from my phone in addition to what's in the PC's Favorites Bar. On my phone there's a folder called Favorite bar which is synced to my PC and a folder named Mobile Favorites. The problem is all of those favorite folders have the same favorites in them. This configuration Kinda misses the whole point about syncing. So now I have to go in and delete my Phone/mobile favorites so that there isnt any duplication and I get a true sync experience.
  • What really annoyed me was that you could not "sort by name" anymore. Really not managing bookmarks. Do not like the flyout menus going every direction either.
  • Been using the new Chromium Edge Browser for a few days to form a proper opinion and I can say without a doubt that I'm hating it like no other software before. The first thing that put me off were the rounded Tabs and lack of Transparency effects completely breaking the W10 Design Philosophy that runs with all other Apps and Programs - What The Actual **** Microsoft!? What totally killed my experience though is the way how Favorite Bar Folders work when opening a Link inside them - In the original Edge Browser a Folder will remain open for as many links as I want until I leave said Folder which is analog to keeping your car door open until all your groceries are in/out but with the new Chromium Edge it closes the Folders after every ******' Link like some annoying Kid closing the door after every item which is something I just can't live with... I just can't. Uninstalled the crap and went back to the Original Edge.