By default, Microsoft Edge opens with a custom “New Tab” page filled with content. Luckily, it’s easy to open a browser with a custom home page. You can also set the page that appears when you click the “home” icon in the toolbar, which is disabled by default. Here’s how to do both.
Homepage vs. Home vs. New Tab Page
Like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge treats the “homepage” concept somewhat differently from classic browsers of the past (and from modern browsers like Firefox and Safari). When you set up a home page in Edge, it only works as the page available when you click the home icon in the toolbar, which is hidden by default. There is currently no option to use the same home settings as the default page that appears when you open a new window or tab.
A little confusing, you can also set a “home page” that appears when you first open the Edge app, but this is a different setting from the homepage mentioned above. Lastly, Edge also includes a “New Tab” page that displays every time you open a new tab, which includes content that you can customize, but you can’t turn it off completely or set custom pages to appear when you open a new tab.
Below, we will cover setting up the home page and start page.
How to Enable Home Button and Organize Your Homepage in Edge
If you want to set up a web page that you can quickly access by clicking the home icon on your toolbar, Edge makes it easy to set up.
First, open Edge and click the “ellipsis” (three horizontal dots) button in the upper right corner of the window. In the menu that appears, select “Settings”.
On the Settings screen, navigate to the “Appearance” section.
In the “Customize toolbar” section, find the button labeled “Show Home” and click it to activate it. Just below it, click the “radio” button next to the empty text field. Type (or paste) the address of the website you want to use as the homepage, then click “Save”.
After that, exit Settings, and you will see a home icon on your toolbar.
When you click on it, Edge will load the homepage website you just set up.
How to Set Up a Custom Startup Page on Edge
If you want to determine which page appears first when you open the Edge app, you’ll need to change the Edge startup settings. Here’s how.
First, open Edge. Click the “ellipsis” button in the upper right corner of the window, and select “Settings”. In Settings, navigate to the “On Startup” section.
In the “On Start Up” settings, click the “radio” button next to “Go to Specific Pages or Pages”, then click the “Add New Page” button.
In the dialog that appears, type or paste the website address that you want to appear when you open Edge. Then click “Add”.
After that, you will see the site you just entered is listed in Settings. If you wish, you can also add additional pages that will open every time you open the Edge application using the “Add New Page” button.