How to Show or Hide the Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

While many Web browsers have adjusted their layout to minimize the amount of space that the browser menus take up, there are still some things that you might want to see.

One such item is the Favorites Bar in the Microsoft Edge browser. This is the horizontal bar below the address bar where you can click the pages that you have favorited in the past.

Our how to show favorites bar in Edge tutorial below will walk you through the steps so that you can best customize the appearance of the browser.

How to Toggle the Favorites Bar On or Off in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper-right corner.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Select Appearance at the left side.
  5. Click Show Favorites Bar and choose Never.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to show or hide the Microsoft Edge Favorites bar, including pictures of these steps.

Using favorites when you browse the Internet is an effective way to make your favorite sites more accessible.

There are a couple of ways that you can open a favorite site, but perhaps one of the most convenient options is via the favorites bar that you can display below the address bar in Microsoft’s Edge Web browser.

The favorites bar may not be showing currently, however, so it’s possible for you to adjust a setting for the browser to get it to display.

Our how to show favorites bar in Edge tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can elect to either hide or display the Edge Favorites bar based on your own preferences.

If you use the Safari Web browser on a MacBook then you can read our guide on how to delete favorites on Safari so that you can clean up your list of favorite websites.

New Method – How to Show Bookmarks Bar Edge Steps (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this section were created using the most recent version of Microsoft Edge as of January 2023.

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Edge Web browser.

Step 2: Click the three dots at the top-right of the window.

click the three dots

Step 3: Select Settings from the bottom of the menu.

choose the Settings option

Step 4: Choose the Appearance tab on the left side of the window.

select the Appearance tab

Step 5: Scroll down and click the drop down menu to the right of Show Favorites Bar and choose the desired option.

how to show favorites bar in Edge

You can pick from the following options for showing the favorites bar in Microsoft Edge:

  • Always
  • Never
  • Only on New Tabs

Now that you know how to show the favourites bar in Microsoft Edge, you should see that bar under the address field instead of just some empty space.

Having that Edge favorites bar visible can be a really useful way to navigate to specific sites that you like to visit when you have some new tabs open.

The next section includes the steps for how ot show my favorites in Edge from an older version of the application, where the customize toolbar options were in a different place.

Old Method – How to Enable or Disable the Microsoft Edge Favorites Bar (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Microsoft Edge Web browser for Windows 10. This guide is going to adjust the display of the favorites bar that is located directly below the address bar in the Edge browser. This will not affect any similar tools in other Web browsers like Firefox or Chrome.

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Edge Web browser.

Step 2: Click the Settings and more button at the top-right corner of the window.

edge settings menu

Step 3: Select the Settings option.

how enable disable favorites bar microsoft edge

Step 4: Click the button under Show the favorites bar to make your selection.

Note that you also have the ability to show the favorites bar, but only display the individual favorites as icons. This can let you show more sites in the favorites bar.

how to hide or show the favorites bar in edge

Now that you know how to show the Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge, you will be able to try it out both on or off and see which option you prefer when you are using Microsoft’s Web browser to visit your favorite Web pages.

If you have enabled the favorites bar it should be displayed as a gray bar below the address bar. I have indicated the favorites bar in the image below.

the microsoft edge favorites bar

Microsoft Edge uses the Bing Web browser by default when you search with the address bar, but it doesn’t have to. Find out how to change the default search engine in Edge if you would rather uses something else.

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