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Defaults with the new MS Edge

I've downloaded the latest MS Edge because it seems quite good.  I had previously been using Chrome.

I'm able to set my home page to google.com, which I want because I use gmail and my contacts and calendar are all also at google.

Edge will go to this, but only when I have one instance and only with my initial page.  All other times it goes to some MS page (not specified in the address bar, but certainly the bing home page).

Is there anyway to get all tabs in all sessions to go to something besides bing.com?
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Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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Open Settings and at the top under Customize, change the settings for "Open Microsoft Edge with" and "Open new tabs with" to your liking.
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Under settings there is no l"Open Microsoft Edge with".  There is an "On startup", but that's already set to www.google.com and it only actually works for when I have no previously running instances of Edge.  I also have Open new tabs with set to www.google.com.  It's ignored.
Gene KlamerusTechnical Architect

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Actually, on the new tab under settings there is no place to specify a particular web page to open.  Just the look/feel of how the bing page should look.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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Odd...are you certain it is the newest Edge?  Maybe I'm not running the newest Edge.  Can you confirm what version you are running?  I am running 44.18362.449.0...perhaps that is the difference.

See the two screenshots that I am attaching for the settings that I see.
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Gene KlamerusTechnical Architect

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I downloaded this today.  It's build 79.0.309.71.  The Chromium release.  Otherwise i wouldn't be touching Edge.
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@Jim,


I suspect you are running the beta / early release version.  The current "production release" is:


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Paul SauvéRetired
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open Edge

on the top left hand side click in the 3 dots (...)

the menu pane appears, select Settings

scroll down to Customize ―> Open Microsoft Edge with

click on the arrow on right Edge
Bill PrewTest your restores, not your backups...
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@Gene,


There is no way (at least in current production version of Edge) to specify a URL for the new tab page.  You can tweak the settings of the "built-in" page, but you can't change the search engine (a big negative for me) or adjust too much.


Based on other posts though, it sounds like maybe we will see that feature in a future release...


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Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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I just downloaded the new Edge, and there are ways to personalize all the settings.

Changing startup page
  • Open Settings
  • Select On startup

Changing new tab page
  • Open Settings
  • Select New tab page
  • Select Customize

Change default search engine
  • Open Settings
  • Select Privacy and services
  • Scroll to the bottom and select Address bar
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Changing startup page

  • Open Settings
  • Select On startup

Changing new tab page

  • Open Settings
  • Select New tab page
  • Select Customize

Change default search engine

  • Open Settings
  • Select Privacy and services
  • Scroll to the bottom and select Address bar

That is all true, but for the "new tab page" when you do the "Customize" there is limited capability.  And no way to specify a different URL / page to display for a new tab, you have to take what Edge gives you by default.  And there is no way to override the Bing search engine on that new tab page. The same is true for the "default search engine", that only affects searches done via the Address bar, not in the search field on the new tab page.  That what the author of this question was asking about, changing the new tab page...

Gene KlamerusTechnical Architect

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While I don't "like" the answer I'm afraid Bill's right.

At this time the behavior of Edge seems to be what I described.  You can specify a starting page for the initial tab of the first instance running.  After that everything defaults to the MS dashboard page.  A shame.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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Ultimately, the answer is that it isn't possible right now to set new tabs to a specific page.  Ask yourself if that really is a deal breaker for a web browser?  You can set Edge to open all of your preferred pages on startup.  Then, if the default look of the new tab page is really that disturbing to you, simply click the gear icon and select Custom for page layout and turn off Show quick links and Image of the day, and lastly set Content to Content off.  Set Google as your default search engine and use the address bar for searches.  Everything you want, except being able to specify the search engine used on the new tab page.  It doesn't seem overly onerous to me, personally.
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@Jim,

I agree Jim, it's not a deal breaker for me either, I'm in a trial period of switching from Chrome as my default browser to the new Edge.  The fact that it can now load Chrome extensions is a massive plus to me, easily outweighing a few of these small items.

That said I hope (and expect) that at some point they will make the customization of the "new tab" a bit more "open" than it is now.  But I am living with it and just always remember to do my searching in the address bar rather than the new tab Bing search field.


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Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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@Bill,

Yes, ultimately it boils down to "who do you want to sell your information to?".  I have always preferred Chrome, but I am very happy that another major player is using Chromium as it's base.  Now we have two heavyweights improving the same base code.  I do hope that MS does not revert to the old days and try to start adding custom extensions to HTML that only work on their browser.  I don't think that's likely, but you never know.
Gene KlamerusTechnical Architect

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For me the issue is getting to my personal email from my work laptop.  It’s locked down tight and I can’t add my gmail account to Outlook, which is what our businesses uses.  So, I use gmail via the google home page.  I can just shortcut to it, but it’s nice that in chrome it’s a few clicks fewer to get there.  I guess it’s not really a deal breaker, but an inconvenience.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS Specialist
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I completely understand.  Our business uses Google Apps, and that shortcut in Chrome is very handy.  Of course, you could just create a bookmark to gmail.com and use that, but I understand that isn't what you are used to.
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Could this be useful in Edge?

G App Launcher


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