Microsoft Edge: add and display sites in the sidebar

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 14, 2022
Updated • Jul 14, 2022
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Microsoft is testing a new feature in the company's Edge browser that enables users to add sites to the browser's sidebar.

microsoft edge add tab sidebar

The sidebar, which in itself is an experimental feature at this stage in development, displays a list of quick links on the right side of the Edge interface.  Edge users find quick links to search, discover, Office and Outlook by default on the sidebar.

A right-click on an icon removes it from the sidebar, for instance those that are not useful to the user. A click on the plus icon displays options to add content to the sidebar.

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Tip: Edge users who don't have access to the sidebar may set the experimental flag edge://flags/#edge-webapp-sidebar to Enabled to unlock the feature in their browser.

Microsoft is testing a new feature right now that adds support for placing links to sites and webpages on the sidebar. Vivaldi browser supports the feature already, and the classic Edge supported a similar feature.

Right-click on a tab that is open in Edge and select the "add tab to sidebar" context menu entry to add the link to the sidebar of the Edge browser.

edge add current page sidebar

The second option is revealed when you activate the plus icon of the sidebar. There you find the new option "add current page" to add the active page address as a link to the browser's sidebar.

Adding a site to the sidebar will open it in that sidebar, so that multiple webpages can be displayed next to each other in a single Microsoft Edge window.

edge site by site

The mobile version of a site, if available, will be loaded when it is selected; this could make it interesting for web developers, as it is now possible to display the desktop version of a side next to its mobile version.

Any site that is added to the sidebar can be removed again with a right-click on its icon and the selection of  the "remove from sidebar" context menu item. All custom sites are listed on the sidebar management page as well.

Closing Words

The sidebar is an optional component of Microsoft Edge that can be deactivated in the preferences of the web browser if it is activated. Not all Edge users have access to the sidebar yet, and it remains to be seen whether it will be enabled by default if it lands for all users.

The new option adds another option to Edge to pin favorites to the browser. Unlike tab pinning or adding sites to the favorites, Edge's sidebar feature adds another function, as it allows you to display two sites next to each other in the browser.

Now You: do you find this new sidebar feature useful? (via Leopeva64-2)

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  1. Leopeva64 said on July 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm
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    ‘Edge users who don’t have access to the sidebar may set the experimental flag edge://flags/#edge-webapp-sidebar to Enabled to unlock the feature in their browser.’

    That flag enables a search sidebar in web apps, it has nothing to do with Edge’s new Sidebar:

    https://redd.it/t58a7t

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    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 14, 2022 at 4:44 pm
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      Thank you, I corrected this.

    2. Nick said on July 14, 2022 at 5:29 pm
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      So, is there another way to enable this feature? I have the latest version of Edge (Stable) installed. Thank you.

      1. Herbert H Hart said on August 8, 2022 at 4:35 am
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        The only way I have found is create a user account and run edge right away and do all the Edge set up questions (without logging in to Microsoft or Google). Close Edge and relaunch it. If it’s there, you have it… if it’s not, delete the user account and try again. Eventually you will get it. Sometimes it’s the first try, other times it’s up to 10… I’ve always got it before the 10th try. It would be much easier if there’s a setting somewhere to enable it… I haven’t found a way yet.

  2. piomiq said on July 14, 2022 at 4:26 pm
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    Even Edge is developing actively, in opposite to Opera. It is shame.

  3. Uhm said on July 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm
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    I can see this being useful for websites like Discord, Telegram, Whatsapp etc where you dont need to switch tabs to reply to messages etc. However, don’t you guys think Edge is becoming waaaaay too bloated?

  4. Anonymous said on July 14, 2022 at 5:31 pm
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    Latest Edge Canary is completely broken. Doesn’t even launch anymore.

  5. Anonymous said on July 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm
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    Edge is becoming more bloated than the people on TLC’s ‘My 600-lb Life’. It’s like Microsoft is more invested in the browser than their new operating system.

    1. Anonymous said on July 15, 2022 at 9:09 am
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      Well that is that is true by the looks of Edge’s development. They are maybe building a small web based operating system to compete with Chrome OS as the end of the day? Will be interesting to see where they take Edge, but yea most of the features introduced goes beyond what is really needed for a browser now, hence me thinking they are setting up a Chrome OS competitor.

  6. Jason S said on July 20, 2022 at 3:30 pm
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    Are there people who are asking for this? Don’t we have enough options for opening links already? Open in New Tab, Open in New Window, Open in InPrivate Window, etc.

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