basic controls in microsoft edge

These are the basic controls in Microsoft Edge – themes, navigation, zoom, and tabs.

Controlling How You See Webpages Using Microsoft Edge Themes

Although not very robust, Microsoft Edge comes with themes. Basically, you can choose between two themes when using the browser. I'd like to believe that Microsoft will make more themes available over time.

The default theme that comes with the Edge browser is the light theme but you may change this to black by following the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings tab.
  1. Click on the drop-down menu under Choose a theme and select Dark.

Navigating a Webpage - Scrolling Up/Down Smartly

When you open a long webpage, you will definitely have to scroll up and down. The traditional way to scroll a webpage is to use the mouse to move the slider, but there is a smarter way to do this. When next you want to scroll up, press Page Up or Page Down on the keyboard to scroll up or down respectively. In addition, you can use the arrow keys to scroll up/down. Pressing Shift + Space bar will also scroll up a webpage.

Zooming a Webpage 

To zoom a webpage in Microsoft Edge, press Ctrl and + key to zoom in and press Ctrl and - key to zoom out. Alternatively, open the More actions (...) tab and click on Zoom.

Using Tabs 

The tabs allow you to open different webpages at once. You can open several tabs at once on the Edge browser. You can navigate different opened webpages by clicking the tabs above the window of these webpages. Please see the screenshot under "Get to know the Edge Browser Interface" to have a pictorial view of Edge browser tabs.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to manage tabs:

  • Ctrl + T: Open a new tab
  • Ctrl + W: Close a tab
  • Ctrl + Tab: Switch from one tab to the next
  • Ctrl + K: Open a new duplicate tab of the tab you are presently viewing
  • In addition, you can move straight to a tab by pressing Ctrl and the number of the tab. For example, to move to the fourth tab press Ctrl + 4.
  • To open a link in a separate tab, press Ctrl and that link.

The Microsoft Edge browser is available with the latest Windows 10 operating system