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    Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons

    Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons

    How to Show Icons Only or Names and Icons on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge
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    How to Show Icons Only or Names and Icons on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

    information   Information
    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

    The favorites bar is a toolbar in Microsoft Edge that you can add your favorite websites you visit frequently on to make opening them faster and more convenient.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14267, if you have the favorites bar turned on in Microsoft Edge, you can choose to have it only show the favicons only instead of the default names and icons.

    This tutorial will show you how to 'show icons only' or 'show names and icons' on the favorites bar in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To "Show icons only" or "Show names and icons" on Favorites Bar from Favorites Bar
    • Option Two: To "Show icons only" or "Show names and icons" on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Settings
    • Option Three: To "Show icons only" or "Show names and icons" on Favorites Bar using a REG file






    Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons OPTION ONE Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons
    To "Show icons only" or "Show names and icons" on Favorites Bar from Favorites Bar

    1. While in Microsoft Edge, do step 2 (names and icons) or step 3 (icons only) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show Names and Icons on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Right click or press and hold on the favorites bar, and click/tap on Show names and icons. (see screenshot below)

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     3. To Show Icons Only on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

    A) Right click or press and hold on the favorites bar, and click/tap on Show icons only. (see screenshot below)

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    Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons OPTION TWO Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons
    To "Show icons only" or "Show names and icons" on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Settings

    1. Open the Microsoft Edge app.

    2. Click/tap on the More actions button at the top right corner, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the View favorites settings button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Turn On (icons only) or Off (names and icons - default) Show only icons on the favorites bar for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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    Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons OPTION THREE Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar - Show Icons Only or Names and Icons
    To "Show icons only" or "Show names and icons" on Favorites Bar using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below make changes to the registry DWORD value in the key below.

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main

    FaviconOnlyOnFavBar DWORD

    0 = Show names and icons
    1 = Show icons only


    1. Do step 2 (names and icons) or step 3 (icons only) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show Names and Icons on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Names_and_Icons_on_Favorites_Bar_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

    download


     3. To Show Icons Only on Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Icons_Only_on_Favorites_Bar_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    20 Feb 2016 #1

    This was one of the reasons why I wasn't using Edge.I have 50+ bookmarks and as Edge displayed them as a title it was very tedious to find a specific bookmark.Extensions arrive and I would be ready to use Edge.Till then IE+Chrome
    PS Thanks for the tut
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       20 Feb 2016 #2

    You know I can't help myself Shawn!
    It's a registry hack

    Sometimes things, are already built in, just hidden, soooo.....
    I tried it on 10586.104, but it didn't do anything at all(for good or bad), so I deleted it after the screenshot and test.

    I just posted this in case anyone else was thinking of trying, don't waste your time(all 45 seconds).

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       20 Feb 2016 #3

    Hey Cliff,

    It's all good fun though.
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       20 Feb 2016 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey Cliff,

    It's all good fun though.
    I got a back-up, I gotta try!
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       22 Feb 2016 #5

    I have almost completely switched to MS Edge 13. I find it fast and easy to use.
    One thing I did establish was for me, is NOT to import Favourites from any other browsers, but to rather re-create the ones you really want to use. use the opportunity to clean out the old stuff

    Not too much of a problem, export the favourites to a file and work through the favourites one by one.

    I am convinced, that problems with other browsers and sites are carried over into Edge if you simply import favourites.

    I can't prove it or disprove it, it is just a feeling based on previous imports into Edge.

    I do have a problem though. "Right clicking on the favourites bar" does nothing.

    The "FaviconOnlyOnFavBar DWORD" is not set at all in the registry, it has to be created to get the favourites bar to show. Why this is I do not know. I have not yet done this as I am quite happy to access favourites from the RHS drop down menu at this stage.

    I presume one has to therefore follow the registry change options at least once before a simple click on the favourites bar will be possible.
    Last edited by Geoff Daniell; 22 Feb 2016 at 02:44.
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       22 Feb 2016 #6

    Hello Daniell,

    This is only available starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14267.
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    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332
       22 Feb 2016 #7

    Thanks for the confirmation. What would happen if I was to add the registry entry to the 1511 build?
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       22 Feb 2016 #8

    It won't hurt anything, but it will also not work.
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