Microsoft Edge: Edge Bar feature first look – Ghacks Technology News

Microsoft is working on a new feature for its Microsoft Edge web browser that it calls Edge Bar. Edge Bar displays content in a floating window or pinned to the right side of the screen; both states are independent of the Edge browser window.edge barEdge Bar is an experimental feature at this point that is rolled out gradually to users of the browser. You can check Menu > More Tools to see if Edge Bar is listed as one of the options.
First launch displays a short reminder next to the bar with a link to a support page. The bar itself displays information that is very similar to Widgets of Windows 11 or the News & Interests feed of Windows 10, as all three are powered by the same source: MSN.
The bar features a Bing search option at the top, displays weather information and local headlines. The content is powered by MSN and Microsoft, and users may change what is displayed with a click on the “pen-icon” in the footer; this opens the edit area of the MSN website.
There you can change the language, enable or disable modules such as Sports, Traffic or Weather, and tell Microsoft about your interests to personalize the news feed.edge bar news feedThe default interface displays several items in a small bar on the left side. From top to bottom, these are Home, Bing Search, Outlook, LinkedIn, Add Item, User Profile, Rewards, Settings, and Pin.
Most options are self-explanatory. The plus-icon opens a basic form that accepts a web address and a name. You may use it to add any website to Edge Bar permanently. A click on the icon displays the website in the interface. Note that it depends on the site whether it is displayed correctly in the small window that Edge Bar provides.edge bar pinnedBasic navigation options are displayed at the bottom if a website is displayed. You may go back and forward, reload a page, go back to Home, or open the current page in the Edge browser. An option to load another URL directly is also provided.
Selecting Pin attaches the entire window to the left side of the screen. The window is set to be always on top by default, but you may activate the autohide button to see just a small vertical bar at the right side whenever the window is not used actively.
Edge Bar is like a small browser window that you may attach to the side of the screen. It resembles the sidebar of the Vivaldi web browser, but is unattached from the browser window.
Edge Bar is configured to launch with the computer by default; this needs to be disabled in the Edge settings, edge://settings/edgeBar, while all personalization options are configured on the MSN website and not in Edge.
Microsoft continues to push its MSN news feed and Bing Search to users. Widgets and News & Interests are already available on Windows 10 and 11, and the default tab of the Edge browser displays the information as well already. Edge Bar’s main attraction is the ability to display custom URLs. Many users do so already by displaying two browser windows side by side though.
The interface lacks customization options. You can’t change the search engine or remove it, and you can’t remove the default icons either in the interface.
Now You: what is your take on Edge Bar?
Useless idea I have ever seen, such a big annoyance while browsing. Thanks for the article. :]
i hope it’s disabled by default on windows…. why would anyone want one, let alone 2 of that piece of crap?
Bing/MSN Toolbar lol. What a deja vu. No matter how they name their awful browser, it’s IE and Microsoft is always Microsoft.
Useless rubbish. Bloatfest.
Was all in on Edge early, but now that Microsoft keeps pilling on bloat, I am having second thoughts. It’s really not what I want in a web browser to have all this crap baked in. Why not offer it as an extension instead?
Yeah, same here.
This is why you use powershell and completely uproot Edge from your install.
Wow, what a load of rubbish. They are trying hard to force MSN on you. Does anyone know how to completely remove Edge from Windows 10 and 11?
Powershell. Search for it and you’ll find the method.
Will this be seen as a spam window by the existing programs like canvasblocker, NoScript, LocalCDN & others?
Is this a first try-out from Microsoft to reintroduce controlled by Microsoft spam in pop-out windows?
Is this again the beginning of a new episode of spyware nightmare?
It seems microsoft have gone back to their roots and is employing toolbars which were the scourge of internet exploder so many moons ago lol.
more bloat to Edge….man MS knows how to make everyone to hate their browser once again just like IExplorer …
I wish they fired the person who come up with these dumb ideas. Time to get off this boat and head back to Firefox.
One Bourbon, one Scotch, one Beer…
Wrong kind of bar?

Please click on the following link to open the newsletter signup page: Ghacks Newsletter Sign up
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.