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HotCakeX
Respected Contributor
  1. Sharing a collection only has 2 options and it's "Send to Excel or Word". it only uses the online Excel/Word regardless of whether or not the users has the Microsoft Excel/Word programs installed on their computers.
  2. Add an option to share collections to OneNote and Windows sticky notes app which supports gifs, pictures, custom texts etc and can be accessed online through outlook.com. also add the option to be able to Email a collection.
  3. Let the collections identify and detect the installed version of the mentioned programs and preferably use them instead of opening their online versions, that should be the last resort.
  4. Collections Don't work with websites that require the user to sign in before seeing the contents. collections only rely on publicly available contents. so for example when using a private group or page on Social media, when using WhatsApp for web, when using Telegram web, using online Forums and thousands more services that require user login, Collections are useless in these situations. the solution is to instead of just adding a link of the contents to the collections, copy the actual content to the collection too, this way even if the original content on the web gets taken down, deletes or becomes unavailable, the users can still access the saved contents on their collection.
  5. If you argue that it can put so much load on Microsoft servers when they try to sync the contents to the cloud, then here is the solution: when syncing collections to the cloud, only sync the link of the items. so this way when the user adds something from the web to the collection, the actual content as well as a link to that will be added to the collection and stays available locally, but the cloud sync only gets the content links. the actual content (image/gifs/text) stay on users' computer for their own use and they can decide to export it to one of the programs mentioned above and keep those content forever.
  6. When adding/drag&dropping texts to a collection from a rather long page (such as an article in docs.microsoft.com), only the URL of the page where the text was copied from gets added to the collection, Not the exact location of the text. there is No text anchor attached to the text entries in collections. so if i add a paragraph from the middle of a page to my collection, then close that tab and click on the copied text in my collection, it will just reopen that page, it won't show me exactly where the text was copied from, just stays at top of the page.
  7. add a shortcut to open the collections panel.
  8. Let us change the title of each entries in a collection. currently we can only change a collection's title but can't change the title of the individual entries in a collection.

 

Feel free to add anything else. Thanks Edge team 

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I second that. having encountered the same problems (#4 and #6) i agree with this feedback.

 

I agree especially with number 2. I was a bit surprised when I clicked share on a couple items I added to the collections flyout and pressed share button with only one option. send to a spreadsheet in excel.

I'd like also to have the ability to resize the flyout. I think it is a bit wide and would love to be able to resize the width to whatever I wanted it to be.

 

Dennis5mile

 

Thank you @HotCakeX for jumping into Collections so quickly.  We are definitely still working on the feature set. These are great observations and suggestions.  I have alerted the Product Manager who owns the Collections feature to this thread, and they will be reading it with great interest, and probably going to want to follow up with questions to dig deeper on some of your comments. Thanks - Elliot

Hi, that sounds great, thank you very much!

@Elliot Kirk 

Some things in Collections I've run across.

 

For shopping, when adding a page to a collection I think this should also bring the price of the item along with the item.   The spreadsheet should also include the price.  There should also be a way to sort the Collections list, whether that be drag and drop up or down or list price low to high or list alpha.....

Collections.jpg

 

Next shopping for truck parts as I fix/repair a truck.  Add item to collection, but instead of adding the page header and page number, it adds the "Tab" title and that is all.   Adding the shopping cart is useless as there  is nothing there and it will not save the items you had in it when you were logged in...

Collections 2.jpg

 

 

Grocery shopping at walmart, add items to a new collection goes well, except that it does not copy the price correctly and all items are priced at $1.98, which I would love if it were correct LOL.... 

Collections Walmart.jpg

 I also think we should be able to resize the width of the collections column.

 

Will be doing more and adding more to this as I go..

 

Dennis5mile

 @HotCakeX 

@Elliot Kirk  @HotCakeX   Now with Send to word added....

 

Collections Word.jpg

 

Results are the collection gets opened in a word doc, with title and links to each item as you can see from Pic above, which I guess is ok, however, if you wanted to combine different collections into one word doc, you have to do it manually as there is not a choice to open/append it to an already existing doc.....   I think there should be a choice; Send to previous word collection doc/ yes - no and if yes then open a list of previously created word collection documents.  If no, then create a new word doc.  And maybe giving a choice to create just a doc or create a table.   Now I know this could become very complicated in coding, but Just some thoughts....  

Next I'd like to see maybe adding the ability to send to an email.......

 

Dennis5mile

Yeah I tried the share to word option, it's decent.
i think there needs to be an option to select multiple collections and export them all at once to a single document, whether it's excel or word.

i think the Edge collection will have a hard time keeping the track of previously exported documents because if i share a collection to word/excel and then move that file from cloud to my local computer or somewhere else, Edge browser won't know its new location so it won't be able to pull up a list of previously exports documents and use the same document.

 


@HotCakeX wrote:

i think the Edge collection will have a hard time keeping the track of previously exported documents because if i share a collection to word/excel and then move that file from cloud to my local computer or somewhere else, Edge browser won't know its new location so it won't be able to pull up a list of previously exports documents and use the same document.

@HotCakeX 

 

Well, not really.  If it does a search much like the photos app or the music app does when you start them, they search for newly added photos or music according to which program you open.  If it does not find the original file in its last location, then it Searches your entire system, and also gives you the option to add locations (OneDrive, Cloud, etc...) for it to search for items you want it to find then I think it would work well.  Though it could become a system resource hog during searches.

 

But I do also like your idea of "an option to select multiple collections and export them all at once to a single document, whether it's excel or word."  In the long run this would probably be the simplest way to go.....

 

Dennis5mile

@Dennis5mile@HotCakeX, @Neda_Meraj, this is great feedback!  I walked through much of this on Friday with a PM who works on the Collections feature.  We are still in the early days, and we hope to continue to make the feature better and more intuitive.  Your feedback will help us greatly in this pursuit.  Thank you all very much! - Elliot

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