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How to Set Up Microsoft Edge, the Default Browser in Windows 10

Tina Sieber 16-07-2015

Microsoft’s new Internet browser is called Edge. Known previously as Project Spartan Project Spartan: a Lean and Unfinished Browser for the Modern Web Spartan picks up the fight with browser competitors like Chrome and Firefox. Will it live up to the ideals of Spartan soldiers? We've put this first version to the test and were not impressed. Read More , the name change allows Microsoft to keep the iconic E known from Internet Explorer and maintain the brand value.


Edge made its first appearance on the Windows 10 Insider Preview 10158 very recently and will come pre-installed with Windows 10. Wondering what’s new, how you can transfer your Intenet Explorer favorites and bookmarks, or customize settings? We’ll show you.

Edge Logo

Note that if you’ve been using Spartan and are upgrading to an Insider Preview with Edge, you need to back up favorites, cookies, history, and Reading list items saved in Spartan as they won’t be migrated to Edge. Microsoft instructs to…

  • Copy your favorites from:
  • Save them to %userprofile%\Favorites.
  • After upgrading to the next build, open Microsoft Edge, choose Settings, and you’ll see an option to Import favorites from another browser. Choose Internet Explorer to import the favorites you saved in your %userprofile% directory into Microsoft Edge.

Why Switch to Edge?

Microsoft Edge is a sleek and snappy browser that supports HTML5 and parts with outdated technologies, like ActiveX and Silverlight. It will replace Internet Explorer 8 Most Common Internet Explorer Issues (And Easy Ways to Fix Them) Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter with IE and quick and easy solutions for fixing them. Read More , although legacy sites that depend on unsupported technologies can still be viewed in IE 11 Why You Should Upgrade To Internet Explorer 11 Now Restoring Internet Explorer to a browser that people actually wanted to use was always going to be a hard road, but it's just possible that with Internet Explorer 11 this stage has been reached. Read More on Windows 10.

Edge promises to be faster, more reliable, and modern than Internet Explorer. At this point, though, we can’t seriously recommend you to switch, unless you prefer a barebones browser Why You Should Use Browsers for Browsing, Not Saving Information Read More with a minimum of features. In that case, Edge should be your first choice.


Import Favorites / Bookmarks

When you upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More from Windows 7 or 8.1, most of your software will be migrated, including your browsers. Favorites from Internet Explorer and bookmarks from Chrome or Firefox will be easy to import into Edge.

Click the three-point menu item in the top right, then go to Settings > Import favorites from another browser, select the browser you’d like to import from, and click Import. If you use multiple Chrome profiles, only the bookmarks from your main profile will be imported.

Edge Import Favorites

Within the menu shown above, you can also turn on or off the favorites bar .


If you choose to do a fresh installation or get a new device with Windows 10 pre-installed, you can export your bookmarks from your old browser into a HTML file, import them into the same browser on Windows 10, and then go through the above procedure. With Internet Explorer, copy your favorites folder to the favorites folder on Windows 10.

In the Insider Preview Build 10158, Edge favorites are stored here:


We have been unable to manually add new bookmarks through this folder. While you can delete entries from the folder, which will subsequently disappear in Edge, entries you add won’t show up. Edge does not offer an option to manually import an HTML file with bookmarks. We expect Edge to take over the main Favorites folder by the time Windows 10 is released Windows 10 to Roll Out Slowly, Reddit Is Revolting, & More... [Tech News Digest] The great Windows 10 roll-out, the Reddit revolt, the Plex forum hack, the Prince streaming silliness, the Bing Pong palaver, and the Apple fanboy fiddle. Read More and maybe that bug will be fixed by then.

Set Custom Home or Start Page/s

Internet Explorer can launch with more than one Home page opened and Microsoft Edge offers the same feature.


Return to the Settings menu and under Open with select your preference of Sart page, New tab page, Previous pages, or A specific page or pages. When you go with the last option and select Custom, you can add multiple pages that will launch ever time you open Edge.

Edge Start Pages

Customize Your Top Sites

Like in Chrome and Firefox, you can populate the New tab page with content.

Edge New Tab


Under Settings > Open new tabs with, you can either select to show A blank page, or your Top sites, or Top sites and suggested content. Those same settings can be made directly from the Customise menu, except that “suggested content” is called “my news feed.”

Edge Customise Tab Page

You can remove pages from the list of Top sites, but even under Customise you cannot manually add new ones, unless you visit them often.

Add a Home Button

By default, Edge does not come with a home button. This feature can be turned on via Settings > View advanced settings (button at the bottom) > Show the home button. The site entered below the button will be associated with the button.

Edge Home Button

You can see the home button in screenshots above and below.

Change Default Search Engine

Edge’s default search engine is of course Bing. Under Advanced settings you can choose a different search engine to Search in the address bar with. When we selected the <Add new> option, we could only select

Edge Default Search Engine

Microsoft explains that “Only search providers who support the OpenSearch standard will appear in this list.” New options show up as you visit search engines that support the OpenSearch standard, such as DuckDuckGo, GitHub, or Wikipedia. Apparently, this doesn’t include Google.

As mentioned in a previous post, you should enable the Send Do Not Track requests feature under Advanced settings, which is turned off by default.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More can help you browse more efficiently. The following ones are supported by Microsoft Edge:

CTRL + / supposedly accesses the Omni bar, but we couldn’t reproduce this.

CTRL + Enter completes a website address with http:// and .COM if you only type the name, e.g. MakeUseOf.

SHIFT + Enter adds .NETand…

CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER completes a .ORG address.

CTRL + 1 jumps to the first tab, CTRL + 2 to the second, and so on.

CTRL + G opens your Reading List.

CTRL + H opens the History.

CTRL + I opens your Favorites.

CTRL + D will let you add a new favorite.

Edge Bookmark

CTRL + J opens your Downloads.

CTRL + K will clone the current tab.

CTRL + T opens a new tab.

CTRL + N opens a new window.

And many of the other shortcuts are exactly what you know from other browsers.

More Features Coming Soon

Eventually, Edge will contain a sync feature similar to Chrome and Firefox, which will back up bookmarks, passwords, history, and tabs to (we suppose) your OneDrive account.

At this point, Edge doesn’t support extensions. Developers will be able to port Chrome extensions to Edge with only minor tweaks.

These features are expected to be introduced after the official release of Windows 10 Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Are you also not seeing the Get Windows app on your Windows 7 or 8.1 devices? Let us show you how to enable the upgrade notification or cancel the upgrade in case you changed your... Read More , although we might see one or the other on launch day. Microsoft is keeping us on edge.

What do you think about Microsoft Edge? Is it a good progression from Internet Explorer and can it compete with the likes of Chrome and Firefox? Will you try it?

Related topics: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10.

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  1. darcy lynn
    November 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I would like to watch the races at hpitv but I am told their streaming is not compatible with Microsoft edge what should I do

  2. Elouise Lively
    January 13, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This article posted at this site is in fact nice.

  3. c
    November 7, 2016 at 12:18 am

    While Edge still has a lot of work ahead of it to become one of the best Windows browsers it does have one thing working for it - if you are running Windows 10 on a resource limited pc it's very light compared to the competition. If you have more than enough resources then don't bother...

    • Tina Sieber
      November 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Yes, it's light, fast, and consumes less battery power than Chrome.

  4. Dominic Colgan
    April 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    So many problems with the setup done by Currys PC World and charged £50 for.Latest thing is it wont print under Microsoft Edge from Internet

  5. Donna
    March 6, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Why cant I see all the icons or pictures on websites when using Edge ? what settings do I have to change ?

  6. CatWr
    December 5, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Why can't I make oneDrive my home page? Surely that would be convenient instead of the dozen clicks needed now I have lost the ability to click on a folder name in File Explorer. Note that not all of us live in America nor on the edge of our seats waiting for what the Kardashians (or similar) did next so the bulk of your MSN news is pretty useless so that is one out of the few options for a Home page ditched straight away.

  7. Adam
    November 15, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Absolutely! Edge fails hardcore until it loads all the ads on every page! before you can do ANYTHING, the first and last SLOW LOADING AD has to load fully before you can do anything! EVEN scroll down the page! Totally unacceptable! If they want mine and most of my friends business and support, they will quickly and permanently fix this mess! I will support MS, as long as they support us, their users and support us, not the advertisers! Without us, the have nothing! So say your piece and demand BETTER for this great browser! I will walk if this is not fixed in the next major update! There are several other, faster, more stable and more versatile browsers out there. Please don't make me have to change because of Microsoft and these damn corporations insatiable greed! Lets have some decent customer support for a change! Damn!

  8. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    It's nice to see the Import Bookmark feature has been updated since launch to actually account for Chrome. It wasn't there initially, at least for me.

    As for extensions, the only thing I want is an ad blocker. Edge is incredibly lightweight and fast to load pages, but it gets bogged down by ads. If I'm visiting a page without ads, I find it faster than Chrome. It's a godsend for my poor little 2010 Aspire One netbook. With an ad blocker to get rid of resource-sucking ads, it'll be perfect.

  9. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    When I want to write a username and password in any site (like yours) in Microsoft Edge this browser is denied them and a new page with blank fields (of username and password) is presented. This phenomenon doesn't happened in other browsers (like IE). This makes Edge really useless.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 30, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Oh really? You can't sign into MUO when using Edge? That's really strange, I'll have our tech guys take a look. Thanks for pointing this out!

  10. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I can't download my favorites/bookmarks from Firefox to Edge. "Import favorites" selection does not include Firefox. What now?

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      I exported all Bookmarks from Firefox (Bookmarks - All Bookmarks - export) as html on my desktop. I deleted all IE favorites. Then imported the HTML into IE, then into Edge. Round-about way to do things, but it worked..

  11. Anonymous
    July 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Adding Google to Edge...

    Open Edge, go to, then go to Settings, Advanced settings, scroll down to "Search in the address bar with", click down arrow, click Add new, select Google, select add or add as default.

  12. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Edge? I'll almost never use it. IE has a "menu: that I find highly needed. especially the "send to" feature for putting link in the desktop. (highly needed.)The command bar is also a can never do without feature for speed. I need the status bar to change my browser's size on the fly.

  13. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I can't take Edge seriously until I see its plugin support. Right now it's mostly the browser that steals my application defaults every time Windows updates.

    Given how bad recent Chrome builds have been, I do have hope that Edge will be viable as a secondary browsing option