How do you change Microsoft Edge start page settings? Sounds obvious, but too many people struggle with their new Edge browser in Windows 10. I also found out that some people are reluctant to change their start page in Edge because many people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Well, some say that engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet :-)
All kidding aside, if you’re not happy with your Microsoft start page when your start Edge, just follow the easy steps and screenshots below to safely change your Microsoft Edge start page preferences.
Update: I've written a new, updated article in my computer tips and tricks section, also illustrated with screenshots on setting the Microsoft Edge home page which contains a few more tips beyond setting the home page. Feel free to follow the link above to read the article; it contains a link back here so you can continue reading afterwards.
Or, if you prefer to continue reading here first, let's get started with the steps to set your Microsoft Edge start page.
First, start Microsoft Edge by clicking the bue “e” icon on your taskbar (or in your Windows 10 start menu).
By default, the Microsoft Edge start page will display the typical “Where to next?” screen where you can enter your search phrase or web address. By the way, if you’re not happy with Edge’s search behavior defaulting to Bing, feel free to check out my article on how to change the search setting in Microsoft Edge.
To change the Edge’s homepage, click the three dots in the top-right corner to open up the settings menu and click “Settings”.
In the settings menu, look under the section “Open with” and click the option “A specific page or pages”. Indeed, you can select multiple pages to open when Microsoft is started.
As soon as you select “A specific page or pages”, a popup list will appear with MSN, Bing and Custom. Select custom.
Now, right underneath the custom subheading, an input box will appear where you can enter a web address.
Enter the web address of your choice there. Let’s use www.google.com as an example Microsoft Edge starting page here, so you can easily use Google search whenever you open up Microsoft Edge.
As soon as you enter www.google.com as the web address and press ENTER, your entry will appear below the specific page or pages heading in your Edge settings menu.
As you can see in the image below, you can enter additional web addresses by using the “Enter a web address” field again.
If you’re ready, simply click the three menu dots again to close the settings menu.
Now if you close Microsoft Edge and start it again via its start menu icon or taskbar button, you’ll notice that Edge now starts at the page you just set as its home page.
What to do if you’re surfing the web and you land on a page that you want to set as your start page, but the web address of that page is really long and difficult to remember? It’s inconvenient to enter long and complex web addresses in the “custom” field of your Microsoft start page settings.
Let’s take for example the CNN money page where you can follow CNN’s stock price forecast for Apple shares. In the image below you can see that the url for this page is somewhat longer. Rest assured that some web addresses are much longer and much more complex, but let’s just use this as an example.
If you would like change Microsoft Edge start page settings to this web page, it’s easier to use a copy command. To do so, use your left mouse button and click anywhere on the web address in your Edge address bar.
This will mark and select the web address in blue.
Now you can use your right mouse button and right-click anywhere on the blue selected web address and select “Copy”.
Then you can use the same steps as explained above to go and change Microsoft Edge start page settings, except for the step where you enter the web address.
Rather than typing the web address you can now right-click the “Enter a web address” field and select “Paste” to enter the long web address.
This will set your Microsoft Edge homepage to the starting page of your desire.
An alternative to setting a specific web page as your start page is creating a start menu shortcut for them if you want to be able to open this pages with a single click.
Let’s take again the example of the CNN stock forecast page from above. If you are currently viewing that specific page and you would like to create a shortcut in your start menu, click on the three dots menu in the top-right corner of Microsoft Edge and select “Pin to start”.
From then on, a shortcut to that specific page will appear in your Windows 10 start menu.
It will probably appear at the bottom of your start menu, which means you might have to scroll down some in order to reach it. Please refer to my article about organizing your Windows 10 start menu if you want to learn more about customizing the Windows 10 start menu.
Also, if you’re interested in creating a desktop shortcut to a specific web page rather than a shortcut in your start menu, you might want to check out my article on Microsoft Edge desktop shortcuts.
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