Manage Edge Favorites

EdgeManage

Note: There is a new dedicated web site for EdgeManage and the other Edge-related applications
http://www.edgemanage.emmet-gray.com/index.html

The EdgeManage application is all about managing your Edge favorites. It is designed to address a lot of the missing features in the new Edge browser. It will allow you to:

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Background

The new Edge browser is considered by some to not be "feature complete". For example, it lacks an easy way to manage favorites (aka Bookmarks).

Modern versions of the Edge browser no longer stores favorites as files/folders the way you may be accustomed to, and instead uses an internal Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) database to store favorites. This database is not designed to be "human readable", so it takes specialized software to be able to do anything meaningful with it. So, this means that you can no longer use the File Explorer to manage your favorites.

The "native" way to access your favorites is, of course, to open Edge, expose the favorites "pane", and use Edge to rename, delete, or rearrange the folders and favorites. However, this very tedious and takes a bit of practice. Plus, you'd miss out on all of the new features listed above!

Anniversary Update (Win10 v1607, 8/2/2016)

The Anniversary Update to Windows 10, has included many new features in Edge that were previously only available in EdgeManage. So, they are trying to put me out of business (but, hey... that's a good thing!). This version of Edge has native support for:

Creators Update (Win10 v1703, 4/11/2017)

Similar to the above, the Creators Update to Windows 10, includes new features in Edge that match those in EdgeManage. So, once again, they are trying to put me out of business (but, I'm not complaining, since that's still a good thing!). This version of Edge has native support for:

Fall Creators Update (Win10 v1709, 10/17/2017)

The Fall Creators Update to Windows 10, includes the following features from EdgeManage. Should I be flattered that they are copying me? This version of Edge has native support for:

Spring 2018 Update (Win10 v1803, 5/8/2018)

Edge now has native support for:

What's New in EdgeManage

EdgeManage v2.2

Version 2.2 brings some more user-requested features... the ability to copy items (by holding down the CTRL key during a drag and drop operation) and a new View->Collapse All menu item.

EdgeManage v2.1

Version 2.1 brings some user-requested features... the ability to perform a search on favorites in the tree, the ability to load an "external" version of the Edge database (perhaps from another user or from some removable media), and the ability to see the URL (in the status bar) when selecting a favorite.

EdgeManage v2.0

This version of EdgeManage uses checkboxes to allow you to select more than one item at a time. So, this means that you can move, delete, or undelete multiple items in a single operation. Just put checkmarks in the items you want to group together for an action, then use the normal menu or drag operation.

You can select all of the items at the same level with the View->Check All feature, and clear all of the checkboxes (everywhere) with View->Clear Checks.

Checkboxes are only used for moves (via Drag-n-drop), deletes, and undeletes. They are ignored for all other operations. So, to use other features, just select the item in the tree by clicking on the text.

Release Notes

Version 2.2.2 - 9 Jul 2018

Version 2.2.1 - 28 Jun 2018

Version 2.2.0 - 25 Jun 2018

Version 2.1.4 - 4 Jun 2018

Version 2.1.3 - 28 May 2018

Version 2.1.2 - 15 May 2018

Version 2.1.1 - 12 May 2018

Version 2.1.0 - 5 May 2018

Languages

EdgeManage is available in the following languages. It will automatically detect and use your language based upon your locale choice in Windows. There is a way to configure an override to a select particular language

English Danish Italian
French Spanish Polish
Dutch Portuguese Korean
German Russian Chinese

Want to be a translator? If you don't see your language (or spot a error in any of the above languages), please send me the changes via the EdgeManageTranslate.xlsx Excel spreadsheet and I'll incorporate your changes/additions in the next release

Public Domain

This application and its source code are placed in the "public domain". That means it completely free, with no restrictions on its use. There is no license, so you can do anything you want with it, to include making money from it. You are also free to tinker with it, modify it, add new features, etc.

Note: Small portions of this application use other people's code (as shown in the source code). These authors still reserve their rights.

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to the following people (and many others) for their ideas, testing, bug reports, and translations:

Jerry and David BeefRWijker Francisco Rodríguez Jørgen Olsen
Stéphane Barizien Michael Reinders Christian Krause Mark Haney
Koos van Riemsdijk Roy T. Mantz Philippe Etienne Tony Firmin
Ing. Ladislav Jukl Carlos Fonseca RomanIT Artur Sawicki
Ezio Zappa Red Rabbit 214 Max Dai

Libraries

This application makes extensive use of the following libraries:

User's Guide

When you first launch the application, it will automatically load all of the favorites from the Edge database into the application's local cache. From there, you can make changes to the locally cached version of the data. After you've got things the way you want, then you can then save the changes back to the Edge database. Note: Nothing is saved to the Edge database until you click on "Save Changes"

Note: You should close the Edge browser before running this application.

The opening screen for the application looks something like this:

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It should show all of the existing favorites and folders exactly as they appear in Edge. You can then just "drag and drop" to move or copy the items to reorganize your folders and favorites. You can also use the application's menus to insert, rename, edit, delete, import, export, sort, etc. Note: Hold down the CTRL key during a drag and drop operation to copy (instead of move) the item

To move or delete multiple items in one action, just put checkmarks by the items you want to include in the action.

The numbers in the lower-left hand corner are the numbers of folders and favorites that are currently loaded.

File menu

File Menu

Data menu

Data Menu

Note: By default, import operations will merge with the existing list of favorites and will overwrite matching items. You can control this behavior with the Settings->Merge Imports menu item to instead have imported favorites placed in an auto-generated folder

You can use the Import HTML/Export HTML features to effectively copy all favorites from one PC to another. This would typically require you to export to a backup file, copy the backup file to the other PC, and then import from the backup file.

Edit menu

Edit Menu

In addition to these menu items, you may also use a "right-click" context menu to accomplish the same features

The ability to edit the URL allows Edge to support bookmarklets (a javascript applet inside a URL)

View menu

View Menu

Multiple selection (via the checkboxes) is only supported with the Copy, Move, Delete, and Undelete functions.

Sort menu

Sort Menu

Settings menu

Settings Menu

Utilities menu

Utitlites Menu

Note: When ever a new version of Edge is released, the structure of the database may change (for example, they may add a new field). So, it is recommended that you use the Restore Database feature only on the same version of Edge that was originally used to create that backup.

Help menu

Help Menu

Search menu

Search Menu

How to Use

EdgeManage is a stand-alone application that you use to perform imports, exports, sorts, moves, renames, etc of your Edge favorites. A typical EdgeManage "session" looks like this:

  1. Close Microsoft Edge
  2. Launch EdgeManage - it will automatically load all of your favorites
  3. Make whatever changes you like
  4. Click "File->Save Changes"
  5. Exit EdgeManage
  6. Launch Microsoft Edge - all of the changes you made will be visible

You wouldn't normally need to run EdgeManage very often... just whenever you want to perform management functions that are not natively available in Edge

Behavioral Differences

The real Microsoft Edge will allow you to have more than one folder or favorite with the same name. However, it will not allow a favorite to share the same URL in a folder.

The behavior of EdgeManage is the virtual opposite of the above rules... it will not allow duplicate folder or favorite names (within the same folder). And, it does allow a favorite to share the same URL.

Frequently Asked Questions

I get a message saying that the program doesn't support my version of Windows
EdgeManage only works with Windows 10.0.10586 or higher. If your PC has a lower number, that means that it doesn't have the "November Update". If so, then I'd recommend that you manually install this update.
Favorites created by EdgeManage don't have associated favorite icons
EdgeManage does not accommodate favorite icons during imports from Internet Explorer. These favorite icons will eventually repopulate on their own after visiting the sites from within Edge. You can use the "Utilities->Generate Icons" menu to attempt to automatically generate all missing favorite icons.
Is there an update notification system?
No, users are encouraged to use the "Help->Check for updates" menu to see if there is an update available.
Where are the "configuration settings" files?
The application uses two files for "settings"... The one that is applicable to all users of the application is most likely at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Emmet Gray\EdgeManage\EdgeManage.exe.config. The one that is applicable to just the current user would typically look like: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Emmet_Gray\EdgeManage.exe_Url_r14zxb2edf0cwclxoxfa1zc1mboj2ojm\2.0.0.0\user.config. Note: the "hash value" and version number may be different, so pick the latest one.

These are just ordinary text files, that you can edit with Notepad.

Other Related Projects

Take a look at these related projects:

Downloads/Links

Download the windows installer file: SetupEdgeManage.msi
Here are the files if you want to try it out without installing anything: EdgeManageProgramFiles.zip
Download the C# Source code for this application: EdgeManageSrc.zip
Download the program's text as an Excel workbook for translation into other languages: EdgeManageTranslate.xlsx