By default, Microsoft Edge opens with a custom “New Tab” page full of content. Fortunately, it is easy to open the browser with a custom website instead. You can also set the page that appears when you click a “home” icon in the toolbar, which is disabled by default. This is how you do both.
Website vs. home page versus new tab page
Like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge treats the term “website”; slightly differently from previous classic browsers (and from modern browsers like Firefox and Safari). When you set up a home page in Edge, it only acts as a page that is accessible when you click on a home icon in the toolbar, which is hidden by default. There is currently no option to use the same homepage setting as the default page that appears when you open a new window or tab.
Somewhat confusingly, you can also set up a “home page” that appears when you first open the Edge app, but that’s a different setting than the home page mentioned above. Finally, Edge also includes a “New Tab” page that appears when you open a new tab, which contains content that you can customize, but you can not disable it completely or assign a custom page to appear when you open a new tab.
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Below we cover the setting of the website and the start page.
How to activate the start button and set your start page to the edge
To set up a webpage that you can quickly access by clicking a home icon in the toolbar, Edge makes it easy to set up.
First open the Edge and click the “ellipses” button (three horizontal dots) in the upper right corner of the window. Select “Settings” in the menu that appears.
On the Settings screen, navigate to the “Appearance” section.
In the “Customize toolbar” section, locate the power switch labeled “Show home” and click it to turn it on. Just below, click the “radio” button next to the blank text field. Enter (or paste) the address of the website you want to use as your website and then click “Save”.
Then exit Settings and you will see a home icon in the toolbar.
When you click on it, Edge loads the website you just set up.
To set up a custom home page in Edge
To define which page first appears when you open the Edge app, you need to change Edge’s startup settings. Here’s how.
First, open the Edge. Click the “ellipses” button in the upper right corner of the window and select “Settings.” In Settings, navigate to the “On Startup” section.
In the “On startup” settings, click the “radio” button next to “Open a specific page or pages” and then click the “Add a new page” button.
Type or paste in the dialog box that appears the address of the website that you want to appear when you open Edge. Then click “Add.”
After that, you will see the website you just entered in the list under Settings. If you want, you can also add additional pages that open each time you open the Edge app with the “Add New Page” button.
When you are done, close the Settings tab. The next time you open Edge, the custom page or pages you specify will appear. Happy surfing!