Edge Dev and Canary get built-in launcher for quick commands

A long time ago, Google added a handy feature to Chrome that allows you to access various browser features using shortcuts. For example, you can bring up the search bar and type “clear history” to clear history without going into browser settings. The same feature is now available in Edge Canary and Dev.

For now, the shortcuts feature in Microsoft Edge is hidden behind an experimental flag that needs to be manually enabled. Go to edge://flags/#edge-devtools-toaster and set DevTools Toaster to Enabled. Restart your browser and then you can press Ctrl + Shift + Space to bring up the launcher. Another way to open the shortcut bar is to open the main menu and choose More Tools > Shortcuts.

The shortcut bar doesn’t support every feature or setting in the browser, so you’ll still have to use the search in settings to navigate. However, it is enough to perform routine tasks with far fewer clicks. Also, given the experimental nature of this feature, you can expect Microsoft to improve it in future updates.

In case you missed it, Microsoft recently introduced a new accessibility feature that allows you to close tabs with a double click. This has been one of the most popular feature requests and it’s great to see that Microsoft has finally implemented it, albeit only on the Canary channel.

Source: Leopeva64-2 on Reddit

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