Here’s how to replace the Microsoft Edge homepage with something better
The Microsoft Edge start page leaves a lot to be desired. You cannot customize it or remove the news section. Replacing is not easy either. Here are the steps to replace the Microsoft Edge homepage with something better.
When you switch to Microsoft Edge from Google Chrome, you may be used to the wonderful world of home extensions. The homepage extensions range from simple and beautiful (like Momentum) to extremely customizable and feature-rich (like ProductivityTab).
The default home page in Microsoft Edge.
While you can use Chrome extensions natively in Microsoft Edge (it’s Chromium based, after all), installing and setting up a Chrome extension as your homepage is unnecessarily complicated.
CONNECTED: How to install Google Chrome extensions in Microsoft Edge
But don’t be discouraged. There’s an easier way to replace the Microsoft Edge homepage.
First, open the Chrome extensions list for the homepage you want to install. In this example we are using the simple and beautiful Momentum extension.
Momentum home page in Microsoft Edge.
Here, click the “Add to Chrome” button.
In the pop-up message, choose Add Extension.
Once the extension is installed, you’ll see a pop-up stating that Edge disabled the extension because an attempt was made to change the homepage. You have to activate it manually now.
To do this, click the three-point menu button in the toolbar and select the “Extensions” option.
Here, click the switch next to the “Momentum” extension.
The extension will be activated and your homepage will be changed. You will see it open in a new tab. Microsoft Edge continues to ask if you want to keep this homepage safe. Click the Keep Changes button or ignore the pop-up.
And that’s it. You have now changed the homepage to something different and better.
You can now customize the start page. The next time you open Edge or switch to a new tab, you’ll be greeted by the extension’s new homepage.
If you ever want to swap home pages, you can install a different home page extension to make it the new standard. If you want to go back to the default home page, all you have to do is disable or remove the extension.
On the main Microsoft Edge screen, click the three-dot menu button in the upper right corner and select the “Extension” option. This is where you can find the homepage extension that you installed and activated. Select the switch if you want to turn it off. To delete the extension, click the Remove button.
Would you like to stick with the Microsoft Edge home page for now? You can customize the home page to remove most of the distractions and hide the message area so it can’t be seen without scrolling.
CONNECTED: How to customize Microsoft Edge’s new tab