Oct 14 2020 10:00 AM - edited Oct 14 2020 10:04 AM
Oct 14 2020 10:00 AM - edited Oct 14 2020 10:04 AM
Favorites are an integral part of any web browser, and in the months since we released the new version of Microsoft Edge we’ve heard a lot of feedback about the experience. Specifically:
Today, we’re excited to share that we’re evolving the favorites experience to address your feedback and provide a more efficient way for you to quickly access and manage your favorites without losing context of the page you’re on. These changes are currently available in the Canary and Dev channels.
The new favorites experience blends the power of the full page with the dropdown’s ease of access. Your favorites are now displayed in a classic tree view, and you can edit, organize, and even search your favorites in-line without having to go to the full page. The new favorites menu stays around while you need it and disappears when you’re done, making it easy to open or manage multiple favorites at once.
We’ve also brought the full breadth of management capabilities to the new favorites menu. In addition to the basics like reordering, renaming, and editing, you can now add new favorites and folders directly from the dropdown menu, sort, import or export your favorites, remove duplicate items, and much more. With the new favorites menu, these features are always at your fingertips.
Best of all, in response to overwhelming feedback you can now pin your favorites open in a pane along the side of the browser. This allows you to see your favorites while you browse and helps you stay more productive during those times where you need frequent access to your favorites.
For those of you who prefer a more immersive experience, we’ve got you covered. You can get back to the favorites page at any time by clicking on the favorites menu button () and selecting Manage favorites. Or simply type edge://favorites into your address bar.
We’d love to hear what you think of the new favorites experience, so please send us feedback! This is a new interaction model that we hope will save you time and keep you in the context of what you’re doing. In the coming months, you’ll see other content types adopt this model as well, including downloads, history, and more. Stay tuned!
— William Devereux, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
Oct 21 2020 12:13 PM
And since we are talking about favourites - pleae add an Option to the "Add to favourites (Ctrl-D)" Dialog to add the favourite to THE TOP OF THE LIST instead to the end !!
Regards Martin Klein
Oct 22 2020 04:19 AM
@Kai Schätzl I agree it gives a feeling of being a bit slow. On my PC it displays a black window with the format and then it fills with the contents. Not very dynamic.
I guess it will be corrected soon.
Oct 22 2020 09:17 AM
@William Devereux Thank you, thank you, thank you, both for being able to access Favorites through a more classic tree menu and being able to pin Favorites in a pane to the side of the browser. Those two steps alone have vastly improved my experience using Edge. All the rest of the changes to how we can work with Favorites more easily and efficiently without having to constantly chase dropdown menus across the screen and having to start from the top again every time we make a click error (which for me was often before these improvements!) is so very helpful. As a user and not a developer, this week's Favorites UX redesign is the single best weekly improvement the Edge team has made since being able to sync Favorites between devices. Now if you could just bring these Favorite improvements quickly to the Beta and public release versions of Edge, you'd hear a big cheer from tech media reviewers and users alike. Keep up the good work, Edge team. You are building out the best browser on the planet, IMO.
Oct 22 2020 06:02 PM
@William Devereux looks not bad, spacing could be less, but I guess it is optmized for 4k (Surface) and touch?
A small glitch with ... in the new favorites menu
It will move from right to left on every click on ...
also when pinning the fav menu on the next open it will be unpinned again.
Oct 27 2020 10:43 AM
Thanks for the great feedback everyone! We're thrilled to hear that so many of you like the new experience. We're investigating reports that it can sometimes be slow to open on some devices, and we're looking into the other issues you've reported as well. I also love a lot of the suggestions you've mentioned and have shared them with the team for future improvements. Please keep the feedback coming!
Nov 04 2020 06:11 PM
Nov 08 2020 02:30 PM
Good to see that the new EDGE version will include the access to the favourites link as in IE. I would like to add the following feature requests.
It would be interesting to consider these additional features:
1) allow you to select the position of the favorite window on the left (as in IE) and on the right. Personally I'm used to IE and would like to have the option to arrange the favourites window to the right
2) Increase the density of links displayed. There is too much spacing between the actual links (Edge official version) and the link size is too small. It would be very interesting to make the density of the links displayed (font size and spacing) configurable. Keep the font size and spacing of the current IE. 4) Restore the selection arrow of a link that allows you to open the associated page as in IE, in a separate tab, In conclusion, keep the same display characteristics as IE
3) The automatic saving of passwords must be encrypted and protected by a master password not accessible by microsoft
4) Improve the automatic capture of passwords, allowing you to exclude the possibility of storing it on banking sites. For example, on the website www.iwbank.it, Edge stores the password automatically even if you don't want to.
Nov 12 2020 04:40 PM
I woudl add also the following requirements:
1) Store the favorite link as in IE in a folder under user directory.
2) In the beta version I'm seeing the possibility to show favourites in a right docked windows. I would like to move the favourite window on the right (like in IE), but also to un-dock it (floating window) so one can move it in everywhere
Nov 12 2020 04:46 PM
New request: Favorites can be shared between different devices, however it seems that this sharing is not protected. Favorite, likes password and login information should be consider private data, and encrypted by a master password, driven by the user, and not shared with microsoft or anyone else
Nov 14 2020 11:51 AM
I'm testing the new Beta version of Edge. I see that if I open the right favorite windows it is not persistent as in IE , if I close and reopen Edge, I have to reopen the favorite window with 2 click, oped the window and dock it on the right.
Please make persistent the change an make possible to position it on the left too!
Nov 18 2020 02:51 PM
Just notice that the favorite left windows of Edge beta cannot be horizontal resized. Please implement this feature to add more space in the main windows if necessary
Nov 21 2020 10:02 AM - edited Nov 21 2020 10:03 AM
@William Devereux I prefer the "old style" favorites menu, with the cascading sub-menus. I'm surprised at the majority of favorable responses to the changed "experience".
Nov 21 2020 11:45 AM
@William Devereux Opening the favorites-menu is to slow (even in your first "screenshot" you see a delay. Very annoying, opening a menu has to be instant.
Furthermore, the design is a litte bit off. I have a vertical scrollbar, but the menu has enough bottom margin left.
I preferred the old style, this favoritesmenu layout is for me a step back.
Nov 25 2020 09:16 AM
Nov 27 2020 11:00 PM
They took a menu of what is essentially a list of text items, and managed to give it a loading time? In 2020? That's almost impressive, in a way.
The new menu's dimensions are locked now, to a size too small to show all of my favorites/folders at once. I have to scroll to see some folders, and because of the tree system, I have to scroll down some more once I've opened the folder. This update has added steps to one of the most common tasks in a browser.
The pinned sidebar mode and the ability to manage favorites on the fly are pretty nice additions, but yeah this needs work. Navigating favorites is slower right now, not faster. :\
Nov 30 2020 05:06 AM
@William Devereux Great expérience with the favorites. Love the option menu within it. I have a question though. Why favorites in the regular edge app is such faster than on edge dev?
Dec 03 2020 08:45 PM
On-the-fly config options? Yes!
Pin to side? Yes!
Tree view? Yes!
Click to expand folder? No! Hover-to-expand, please. This is the way the preceding version of Favorites worked, and it saved clicks.
Click to collapse folder? No! Auto-collapse, please. Or, auto-collapse on exit. This, too, is the way the preceding version worked, and it, too, saved clicks.
Without auto-collapse, expanded folders remain expanded. This requires a tedious amount of constant click-around cleanup to collapse the folders so they remain navigable. If you neglect this chore, pretty soon you wind up with a Favorites window with all folders completely expanded 100% of the time. At that point, there's no reason for the tree view in the first place. You might as well just list all the favorites in one long, scrollable text list, separated by headings.
Worse, collapsing a folder requires a return visit to the Favorites tool. Why? Because the instant you select a favorite, the tool disappears. This much is fine, but because the folder does not collapse, you must open the Favorites tool again, find the expanded folder, then click it to collapse it before you can get on with your work.
I should say: Everything I've just said about these flaws applies only to the Favorites extension, i.e. the button sitting either on the toolbar, or in the Settings menu, depending on your preference. I experience none of these flaws, and in fact Favorites performs just the way I describe it should, if I use the Favorites bar. But here's the thing about the Favorites bar:
I don't want to use it. I don't like favorites/bookmarks bars in any browser. They gobble real estate. The clutter things up. And in Edge, that clutter is amplified by the gawdawful manila folder icons that are straight out of the 1993 Information Superhighway Catalog. My preference for dark mode only serves to accentuate their sickly luminescence. If I must have folder icons, at least give me the option to set the color.
KEEP THE FAVORITES EXTENSION BEAUTIFUL: COLLAPSE THE FOLDERS AUTOMATICALLY.
Dec 05 2020 09:50 AM
@William Devereux I really like the new Edge Browser and even the new favorites, but I do hope you can fix the speed it takes for the favorites to populate (which is about 3 seconds every time I click the favorites button).
My comments probably don't matter to a company as big as Microsoft or the Team that takes care of the Edge Browse. But as soon as this is sent, I will be switching to Firefox or Chrome.
I will be checking the Edge Browser every couple of weeks to see if the problem is fixed because at some point I really would like to come back to the Edge Browser.
(By the way this happens on a slow computer and a very fast gaming computer with all updates installed)