Windows 10 has a new browser called Microsoft Edge. It’s light, clean and much faster than Internet Explorer, and allows you to pin sites to the Start menu.
Update: This article was written when Windows 10 first came out with a different version of Edge. Now there is a new Chromium-based version. For the modern version of Edge, check read: How to Pin Websites to the Taskbar from Microsoft Edge. Also, note that Microsoft has removed the Legacy Edge from Windows 10.
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Microsoft is bringing a new web browser called Edge in with Windows 10. It’s lighter, cleaner, and much faster than Internet Explorer. And one of the cool things you can do is pin your favorite sites to the Start menu.
This feature was also available in Windows 8.1 using the modern version of Internet Explorer. But now, the modern vs. desktop IE debacle is gone, and the entire process is simplified with only one browser.
Pin Favorites from Edge (Legacy) to Start Menu in Windows 10
Launch the new Edge browser and navigate to the website you want to pin to the Start Menu (this only works with Microsoft’s Edge browser). Then select the more options button and select Pin to Start from the menu.
When you open the Start menu, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of your live tiles to find the site. It will appear with the website’s logo, and you can drag and drop them to move them in a group and resize them with a right-click and selecting the size.
Depending on the site, the size and actions of the live tile will vary. It depends on how the site’s administrator has things set up. For example, when I pin CNN and ESPN to the Start menu, the tiles are live and rotate with different headlines, and they work like a web app.
Another thing you’ll notice is the size you want to make the tile varies too. In the example below, I have ESPN and CNET set to large and CNN set to wide. Generic tiles can only be small or medium.
If you want to turn the live tile effect off, right-click on it, and select Turn live tile off, and it will just display the site logo.
As website administrators get used to Microsoft Edge over the preceding months, we should see more consistency and live tiles among more sites.
Speaking of Microsoft Edge, the company will be adding many more features over the coming months. Microsoft is already starting to market Windows 10. Below is a video pushing some of the features available Edge browser.