I've been digging into the shell commands available in Windows 10 for the last few weeks. Using Shell commands you can create shortcuts to everyday tasks. Or, for those that manage multiple computers in companies, you can use the Shell commands to automate tasks through scripts.
In this tip, I'll cover a couple Shell commands related to Microsoft Edge, the Windows 10 primary web browser. There's two Shell commands associate with Microsoft Edge. They are:
The get a look at all the App-related Shell commands, see: How To: Open Windows 10 Apps Using Shell Commands
The Microsoft-edge: shell command can be used to open a specific web site or web page. To run it, right-click on the Windows 10 Start button, choose Run, and then type in Microsoft-edge: followed by a specific web page or web site.
In the following example, I'm simply opening Microsoft Edge directly to the SuperSite for Windows main page…
Try it yourself…
Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 now integrates a neat web browser function that allow you to view a web article in "reading" mode. This feature essentially eliminates all the extra graphics (including ads) and content on a web page and displays it in a more book-like format.
Using the Windows 10 shell command, Read:, you can open any web page in reading mode directly from the Windows 10 Run command. As before, right-click on the Windows 10 Start button, choose Run, and then type in the Read: shell command followed by a specific web page.
The example above opens the How To: Open Windows 10 Apps Using Shell Commands article in Reading View in Microsoft Edge.
Here's the differences between normal mode and reading mode…
Here's the full command if you want to try it…