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How to Pin Sites to the Windows 10 Taskbar in Chromium Microsoft Edge

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How to Pin Sites to the Windows 10 Taskbar in Chromium Microsoft Edge 

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge


Microsoft Edge is a browser that keeps evolving with every single release, and if you’ve tried out the Canary version, you probably noticed that Microsoft rolls out improvements at a really impressive pace.

One of the best things about the new Microsoft Edge is that it’s supposed to serve as a native Windows browser, but at the same time be available on non-Windows operating systems too, including on macOS.

In fact, preview builds of Edge are already available on macOS, and a Linux version is believed to be planned too, albeit no specifics on this one are available for the time being.

Meanwhile, many Windows 10 adopters are already using the Chromium Microsoft Edge as their daily drivers, which isn’t necessarily recommended given that both the Canary and the Dev builds are test releases.

One of the features that many Windows 10 users seem to enjoy is support for pinning websites directly to the taskbar, something that I also use for my favorite pages.

In case you’re wondering what pinning a website to the taskbar does, it all comes down to accessing a specific page faster.

For example, if you want to load softpedia.com in your browser, you first have to launch Edge and then write down the link or click a bookmark, if one exists. With a link pinned to the taskbar, you save one step, as clicking the icon fires up Microsoft Edge and loads softpedia.com instantly.
Pinning a page in Microsoft Edge

Doing this in Microsoft Edge is pretty easy, mostly because Microsoft has added an option in the browser’s menu to pin a website to the desktop.

However, as you probably noticed, this allows you to pin a page to the desktop, not to the taskbar, so one extra step is then required.

The path to this option is the following:

Microsoft Edge > Menu > More tools > Pin to desktop

Keep in mind that the page that you want to pin should be in the foreground when clicking this option. Once a desktop shortcut of your website is created (with an icon that uses the favicon of the page), you should then be able to simply drag and drop this shortcut to the taskbar. If you want, you can rename it at a later time.
Pinning a page in Microsoft Edge

If you’ve previously used the original version of Microsoft Edge, which is offered as the default browser in Windows 10, you probably noticed that the way you can pin pages to the taskbar is a little bit different in the Chromium-based sibling.

In the old Edge, Microsoft offered different ways to pin pages to the taskbar and even the Start menu, as it follows:

Start menu: Microsoft Edge > Menu > More tools > Pin this page to start
Taskbar: Microsoft Edge > Menu > Pin this page to the taskbar

Leaving aside the lack of consistency, as the two options aren’t listed under the same menu section, there’s a good chance that the Start menu pinning makes its way to the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge as well at some point in the future.

Let’s not forget that Edge is still a work-in-progress right now, and just like I said earlier, most of the new builds released as part of Canary and Dev channels come with significant improvements. This means an option to pin a page to the Start menu could be released at any moment, especially as the Start menu remains a key Windows 10 feature.

No ETA is available for the beta and stable builds of Microsoft Edge, but once this is ready, we should expect a substantially more polished experience overall.





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