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How To Set Up Microsoft Edge.

How to set up Microsoft Edge to make it work better for you. There are many settings within Edge that you could change, but in this guide, we’re going to focus on the basic settings of Start Page, Home Page, Search Engine and Favourites.

The Start Page is the very first web page that you see when you open Edge and the Home page is the web page that you will go to when clicking the Home button. You can have them both set to be the same web page or to be completely different pages.

Microsoft Edge is the web browser that comes pre-installed on your Windows computer and is the replacement for the venerable Internet Explorer. If you are still using Internet Explorer, then you really do need to change now. You can either start using Edge or switch to Chrome How To Switch From Internet Explorer To Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge Settings.

All of Microsoft Edge’s settings can be accessed by clicking the 3 horizontally arranged dots in the far right-hand corner of the window.

Left-click the 3 dots, then click SETTINGS on the menu that opens.

If you can’t see SETTINGS on the menu on your computer, then hover your mouse pointer on the small downward-facing arrowhead. The menu will automatically scroll revealing the SETTINGS option.

Settings and more icon (3 dots) in Microsoft Edge is marked.
The Settings icon (3 horizontal dots) in Microsoft Edge.
Settings option highlighted.
Click the Settings option on the menu in Microsoft Edge.
Menu scroll option marked.
Hover the pointer over the arrowhead to scroll the menu.

How To Set The Start Page And Home Page In Microsoft Edge

The Start Page is the first web page that loads when you “go onto the ‘net” using Microsoft Edge. By default, it’s usually pre-set to be the MSN website. However, you can change the Startup Page to be just about any webpage that you want.

In the example below, I’ll change the start-up page from MSN to Google.

The easiest way to set your start page in Edge is to begin by going to the web page that you want to use.

Once you’re on the page, click the 3 dots in the top right corner and then click SETTINGS.

Settings and more menu open. Settings option highlighted.
To set a Start Page in Edge, navigate to the required page then click the 3 dots and then Settings.

Start, Home And New Tabs.

On the Settings page, click the 3 horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner.

On the menu that opens, click START, HOME AND NEW TABS.

Open Settings menu button indicated in Edge.
To open the Settings menu in Edge, click the 3 horizontal lines.
Start, Home and New Tabs option highlighted.
On the menu, click the Start, Home and New Tabs option.

On the “When Microsoft Edge starts” page, you have 3 options.

  1. Open the new tab page. This is the default option and will start Edge on the MSN homepage.
  2. Open tabs from the previous session. Selecting this option will have Edge start up where you left off previously.
  3. Open these pages. This is the option to use if you want to set your own start page.
Edge start-up options marked.
Microsoft Edge start-up options.

To Set A Start-Up Page In Edge.

To set a new start-up page in Microsoft Edge, click the “Open these pages” button. Then click the USE ALL OPEN TABS button. You’ll see the name website name and its URL appear.

From now on, whenever you start Microsoft Edge (go onto the Internet), it will open at the web page that you’ve set.

Steps to set start page indicated for Microsoft Edge.
To set your start page, click “Open these pages” and then click the Use All Open Tabs button.
Google has been set as start page.
The website name will appear as the start page along with its URL (web address)

Having Multiple Start Pages In MS Edge.

You can have more than one web page open when Microsoft Edge starts up. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with doing that. It won’t harm your computer or damage Edge, but there is an issue to consider.

Edge will start up slower if it has to open several web pages at the same time. How much slower will depend on the web pages themselves, your computer and the speed of your Internet connection.

As a general rule of thumb, I’d advise against having multiple start-up pages. Just have the one and move on from there.

To remove a start page from Edge, click the 3 horizontal dots to the right of the page you want to delete. On the menu, click DELETE.

Multiple start up pages.
Multiple web pages on start up. Not a good idea.
Deleting a start up page from Microsoft Edge.
To remove a startup page from Edge, click the 3 dots and then Delete.

To Set A Home Page In Edge.

The Home page is the web page that you’re taken to when you click the Home button (the house icon).

You can click the Home button at any time and when you’re on any website to go to your Home page.

Generally, you’d use the Home page to begin a new search or query.

With this in mind, I normally advise having Google set as your Home page.

And if you can’t see the Home button on your computer, don’t worry, it’s usually turned off by default, but we’ll fix that.

In Edge the Home button is indicated.
The Home button in Microsoft Edge.

To Enable The Home Button

To enable the Home button and set a Home page in MS Edge, open the settings page by clicking the 3 horizontal dots in the top right and then click SETTINGS on the menu.

On the settings page, click the 3 horizontal lines beside Settings and then click START, HOME AND NEW TABS.

Settings and more menu open. Settings option highlighted.
Opening the settings page in Edge.
Start, Home and New Tabs option highlighted.
Click the 3 horizontal lines then click START, HOME AND NEW TABS.

In the Home button section, click the toggle switch to enable the Home button.

To set up a specific web page as your home page, type its name or URL into the second box and then click the SAVE button.

You don’t normally need to enter the www part of the URL. Usually just entering google.co.uk or msn.com will be sufficient.

Home button on/ff toggle switch marked. Google.co.uk entered into home page address box
Toggle the Home button on and enter a website to use.

How To Set The Search Engine In Microsoft Edge.

When you’re browsing the Internet and you type something into the address bar, that’s called a search query. As an example, you may be looking for a holiday, sports results, Netflix etc. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, the results that you see are delivered from a search engine.

By default, Microsoft Edge uses Bing. Bing is Microsoft’s own search engine but there are many search engines out there.

Each search engine will show different results for any given query. The results may only differ slightly or could be completely different.

To Change The Search Engine In Edge.

To change the search engine that Edge uses, open the Settings page by clicking the 3 horizontal dots in the top right-hand corner and then clicking on Settings on the menu.

On the Settings page, click the 3 horizontal lines in the top left corner.

On the menu that opens, click PRIVACY, SEARCH, AND SERVICES.

Privacy, Search and services highlighted on settings menu in MS Edge.
Open the Settings menu and then select Privacy, Search and services.

On the Privacy, Search and services page, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page

Under the Services section, click ADDRESS BAR AND SEARCH.

Address bar and services option highlighted.
Scroll all the way down to Services. Click Address Bar and services.

Click the downward-facing arrowhead in the search engine options box and then click on your choice.

The default search engine in Edge is Bing, but you’re free to try any of the others.

It is worth trying this out to see if you prefer the results that you get from any of the other search engines.

For me, I generally use Google, but that isn’t going to suit everyone.

Search engine options marked.
Choose a search engine for Edge to use.

Start Page, Home Page, Search Engine Resets After The Change.

If you find that after changing your Startup page, Home page, Search engine, or any combination of the three, then something is controlling these settings outside of Microsoft Edge.

It could be that you’ve got an extension (add-on) that is re-setting your changes or it could be that you’ve got some malware on your system.

If you have any trouble at all in changing these settings, then it would be wise to check which Extensions you’ve got active in Edge and to scan your PC for malware How To Scan Your Computer With Malwarebytes.


Favourites In Microsoft Edge.

You can save frequently used websites as Favourites in Microsoft Edge. Using Favourites saves you the from having to constantly search for the same website over and over again.

To save a website or web page as a Favourite, the first thing to do is to visit the site or page.

Once you’re there, click the “Add this page to Favourites” icon. It’s the star at the end of the address bar.

Add to Favourites icon marked.
To save a web page, click the Add to Favourites icon.
Close up view of the Favourites icon.
A close-up of the Favourites icon

After clicking the Add to Favourites icon, the Favourites Added box will open.

  1. Name box. This is the name of the Favourite that will be displayed. You can change the name to be anything you like by typing it into the box.
  2. Folder box. This is the folder where the Favourite will be stored. By default, it will be set to the favourites Bar.

When you’re happy, click the DONE button to save the web page as a Favourite.

Favourite added box.
Click the Done button to add a Favourite.

Favourites Bar Not Showing.

By default, Microsoft Edge doesn’t show the Favourites Bar. You have to enable it.

To show the Favourites Bar, click the 3 dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

On the menu, click Favourites.

Favourites highlighted on settings menu.
Open the settings menu then click Favourites.

To Show The Favourites Bar.

This is the confusing bit. In order to have Microsoft Edge show your Favourites Bar, you need to click the 3 horizontal dots on the Favourites menu. These aren’t the same 3 dots you just clicked.

Favourites menu options highlighted.
The 3 dots on the Favourites menu.
Favourites menu options close up view.
A close-up view.

After you’ve clicked the 3 dots, a menu will open. Put your pointer onto the “Show Favourites Bar”.

A second menu will appear.

Click ALWAYS to enable your Favourites Bar.

Always option highlighted.
Select the Always option to show the Favourites Bar.

Managing Your Favourites In Microsoft Edge.

As time goes on you’ll most likely build a long list of Favourite websites. Check out this At Home Computer guide How To Manage Your Favourites In Microsoft Edge.


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