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What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

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Microsoft continues to add extra features to the PC version of its Edge browser. Following in the footsteps of vertical tabs and group tabs, comes another very handy feature called Collections. This feature helps you to store and categorise web content conveniently in your browser or export it directly to Word or Excel. The type of stuff you can collect includes images, links, text, and your own notes, making it much simpler to organise information from the web.

Whether you’re working on a project or planning a holiday, Collections in Microsoft Edge could help make things a little easier. So let’s take a closer look.

How do I create a Collection?

To create a new Collection, first open Microsoft Edge and then click on the collections icon at the top right of the browser.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

From the menu that appears, click on either of the two Start new collection options offered.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

You can now name your collection by typing it into the top box and then pressing the enter or return key on your keyboard.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

Once you’ve created your collection, you can start adding your web links and notes.

How do I add content to my collections?

You can store web links, images, text or your own notes in your collections. Let’s examine each in turn.

Adding web links

To add a link to a webpage you are currently viewing, click the Add Current Page option from the Collections menu.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

The web link will now appear on the list in the collection menu.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

Adding images

To add an image, right click on the picture you want to save in your collection. Next, from the menu that appears, select Add to Collections and then click on the relevant collection.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

The image will now appear on the list in the collections menu.

What is Microsoft Edge Collections and how do I use it?

Adding Text

To add any text from a website, first highlight the text you require. Once done, right click on the highlighted text and select Add to Collections from the menu that appears. Next, click the name of the collection where you wish to save the text.

The text will now be available on the list in the collections menu.

Adding your own notes

As you’re collecting different images, text and web links, it may also be useful to type some notes of your own. To do so, click the Add Note icon at the top of the collections menu.

A note will appear in the list, similar to a sticky note. As well as entering text, you can also use the menu at the top of the note to add bullet points, create headings, change the background colour and alter the text with the bold, italics and underline options.

When you’re finished creating your note, click the tick in the upper right corner, and it’ll appear on the list in the collections menu.

How do I delete something in my collections?

If you no longer require a certain item you have stored in one of your collections, open the Collections menu and click on the collection you wish to change.

When the list appears, find the item you wish to delete and move your mouse pointer over it. A small square at the top right of the item will appear. Click the box to select the item. If you wish to delete more items, repeat the process until you’ve selected everything you need.

A new menu will appear at the top of the list. Select the bin icon to delete the selected items.

You can also delete a complete collection by ticking the box for that collection and then clicking on the bin icon at the top of the list.

What else can I do?

When you select an item in one of your collection, you can copy that item elsewhere by selecting the copy icon from the menu at the top of the list.

You can also use the share icon to copy items directly to Word, Excel, OneNote or Pinterest. Other options available from the share icon include sorting your list, and opening or copying all your selected items.

The options available using the share icon are also available in the more section. You can select this menu by clicking on the three vertical dots at the top of the Collections menu.

Conclusion

If you need to do any internet research, Microsoft Edge Collections can assist you in organising the information. Use the advice above and give it a go.

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Mark Parvin

I have worked with and wrote about computers, video games and consumer tech for more years than I care to admit.
I currently run my own IT support business and write about the wonders of tech whenever I can.

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