Teetering on the Edge

Much to my surprise - and excitement - I'm moving to Microsoft Edge as my main browser.

The Summary

I was intrigued after reading about Jason Lengstorf using Edge as his browser.

I tried Microsoft Edge out of desperation one day and it’s… great, actually?

Most of my experience with Microsoft browsing is rooted in the famously terrible Internet Explorer. I’m on MacOS and have been using Safari as often as practical, with Chrome only where Safari doesn’t shine.

Both are fine and carry their own pros and cons, but neither has surprised or delighted me in years. Chrome, in particular, feels bloated and eats up more memory than I like, especially when trying to tackle my rather substantial addiction to large numbers of tabs.

I recently gave Edge a go and ran it. I’m falling for it. It’s fast, renders things the way I expect, and vertical tabs are having the largest positive impact on my day-to-day computer use of any feature in quite some time. I love my tabs. By the dozen. Keep em forever. But sometimes they don’t love me back; when I get too many it’s hard to see everything. With vertical tabs, hello always seeing each page’s title, no matter how many I have running!

Microsoft Edge Tabs are AMAZING and the main reason I've switched to Edge!

With vertical tabs the titles are always in play. Simple and powerful - the best sort of feature.

The Details

With the why out of the way, time to share the what, including my Edge pros/cons and how I configure things.

Pros and Cons

Edge is my new browser at the moment. It doesn’t come without its tradeoffs though.


  • Vertical Tabs. Game changer. I have 20-75 tabs open at any given time (story for another day). With that many open, two things happen. First, memory usage in Chrome suffers, impacting performance in other apps. Second, it’s hard to see which tabs are for which sites. Vertical tabs allow room to see the title of each site, even when the list of tabs grows.
  • Speed. It’s unscientific, but I notice fewer slowdowns in Edge than Chrome. It’s perhaps a bit slower than Safari but that difference seems more negligble.
  • Rendering. Support for modern CSS is great - I haven’t noticed any issues (unlike Safari, which throws occassional problems/oddities).
  • Tab group formatting. Most modern browsers support group tabs together for easier management. All are okay. The visual use of grouping in Edge is especially pleasing to me.


  • Configuration. The only downside I’ve found. Thus far it hasn’t outweighed those glorious vertical tabs, so I’m dealing. Chrome and Safari tend to only require a change in starting page toggling to remember all tabs on relaunch (so I don’t lose everything during a reboot/issue). Edge requires a good deal more, though - noted below. For me, these are the minimum to get it to a nice, quiet state without too many requests, shopping notifications, annoying startup pages, etc.


I’m leaving my settings here to remember them the next time I install Edge. Perhaps they’ll be useful for you, too.

Open settings by pressing Cmd / Ctrl + ,. Search for the keywords at the start of each item below in the Search settings box and make the noted adjustments (this is much faster than trying to click through all the menu items).

  1. Vertical tabs. Click Turn On for Show vertical tabs for all current browser windows.
  2. Search engine. Click Address bar and search and set Search engine used in address bar to your preference.
  3. Open tabs. Under When Edge starts, select Open tabs from the previous session.
  4. Default browser. Click Make Default next to Make Microsoft Edge your default browser.
  5. New tab page. Click Customize next to Customize your new tab page layout and content. This opens up a new tab start page with more options. For the most vanilla page possible, I set Layout = Custom, Quick Links = Off, ensure Recent Bing Searches, Show greeting, Office sidebar, and New tab tips are all Off, Content = Off.
  6. Shop. Scroll the list and ensure everyone shopping option/sub option is disabled/off.