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What's the purpose of collections when you have bookmarks?

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ecto_ruseff
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If you find something interesting on web, you could just bookmark it, I don't for what purpose collections could be used [also collections don't work offline] For what purposes do you guys use collections?

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@ecto_ruseff 

Hi there,

 

Collections simplifies several common tasks, such as highlighting important sections of an article for later reference. You can add text to the collection by highlighting it on the page and then dragging it into the collections pane. The same procedure works for images.

 

Collections can be exported to Excel or Word. This allows you to use the feature to jumpstart work on a research document, without having to copy, paste and alt-tab between Word and the browser.

Soon more export formats and destinations will be added. 

Collections have lots of potentials, it's nowhere near finished, there are still so many features that need to be added to it, one of them is using collections offline, just like Reading List.

 

You can view more info here:

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2019/08/20/collections-now-available-microsoft-edge-preview/

 

 

Also please take a look at these posts:

 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Discussions/Collections-feature-request-Let-us-mark-a-collect...

 

 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Discussions/Edge-Collections-Feature-request-and-bug-problem-...

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I'm using collections as Pinterest for everything. They are very helpful when you seek information for a certain task and when the job is done you can easily remove the collection. Bookmarks managing isn't so easy. Bookmarks work as site list, not as content snips.
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@ecto_ruseff the most straight forward use I have for collections is research and compilation into a really easy to follow Word document. For example, I searched wikipedia for some data on halloween. I highlighted a paragraph and dragged it into a new collection. Then I found some candy on amazon and dragged it into the collection. I found some yelp comments on scary houses to visit, added them (not the page, mind you, just an image and an address). Then I looked up why we actually do haunted houses this time of year and added some of that. All good. I admit that it would have been just as easy to use Bookmarks. However, the next step is: I click the ... menu in Collections, and "Send to Word". That creates a well formatted document with footnotes containing the URLs I got my data from. I was able to save that to onedrive and send a link to my daughter. It was amazing. 

 

She's going to use it for reports for school. She's very excited.

 

-John

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@ecto_ruseffI think of collections as temporary bookmarks for a specific purpose.

 

Yes you could put everything in bookmarks, but I like keeping temporary links (gift I want to buy for an upcoming birthday) separate from permanent bookmarks (Wikipedia). Plus collections can store images, highlighted text from a webpage, and notes, which is helpful when researching stuff on the web.

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Looks great but I don't like the idea how it opens & shrink the original window. I would like it better if it would popup like new favorites button or any other extension window, that would be much better.
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Another use case that it has for me is to create a shopping list of products from different online stores and put them all in one collection, then i can print them out in Word format and share it with others.
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@ecto_ruseff  it is there in Canary and Dev, it is good, the only issue is that it opens link in the current tab by default,  that may be in use 

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Yeah, I checked and if you press your Middle mouse button instead of the Left mouse button then it does open it in a new tab instead of the current one.
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@HotCakeX thank you, i know that. but it does not make enough sense to open in a current tab, That apply to bookmarks manager as well (By default)

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Using Middle Mouse button instead of Right mouse button isn't such a big deviation not to call it Default.
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@HotCakeXpersonally i have a mouse with 2 button only like most of them

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But you do have a mouse wheel, right? what happens when you press it down on say a link?
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@HotCakeX i already checked that before i replied last time, my wheel is just for ups and down 

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Oh, well.
something else I learned in this forum is that If I hold down CTRL key and then Right-click on any link, it actually acts like pressing MMB, opens everything in a new tab.
But yeah for situations like yours it helps if the default behavior for collections open them in a new tab.
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@HotCakeX yess that is ok, if the default behavior for collections (and bookmarks)  open them in a new tab.

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