Turn Off News Feed on New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge

How to Turn Off News Feed on New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge Chromium

The latest Canary build of Microsoft Edge Chromium comes with a long awaited option to disable the news feed on the New Tab page. Starting in version 78.0.268.0, the news feed section on the new tab page supports three modes, and can be disabled completely.

The New Tab page in Microsoft Edge Chromium includes three pre-configured layouts, which come with a set of elements visible or hidden on the screen. The layouts are:

  • FocusedEdge New Tab Page Focused
  • InspirationalEdge New Tab Page Inspirational
  • InformationalEdge New Tab Page Informational

Also, there is a Custom option that allows enabling and disabling individual New Tab Page elements like quick links, image of the day, and configure news feeds.

Edge Customize New Tab Page

For the news feeds, you can choose either one of the option:

  • Content visible
  • Feed headings only
  • Only on scroll
  • Off

The last option is what we are looking for.

To Turn Off News Feed on New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge,

  1. Update Microsoft Edge to the latest version available (see below).
  2. Open a new tab (Ctrl + T).
  3. Click on the gear icon button.Edge New Tab Page Options Button
  4. Click on custom.Edge New Tab Page Custom Layout Option
  5. Select Off from the Show feeds drop-down list.Edge New Tab Page Disable News Feed

You are done. The news feed is now removed from the New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Prior to version 78.0.268.0, you could only choose 'On Scroll' and 'Always' for 'Show feeds' on the new tab page. Here is a screenshot of the previous version of the browser:

Edge New Tab Page Previous Version

As you may already know, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. The stable channel is also on its way to users.

Actual Microsoft Edge Versions

The actual pre-release versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

3 thoughts on “Turn Off News Feed on New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge

  1. Dave

    I’ve taken the time to create a local .html file that is nothing but a black background. Then I set it as my homepage and my new tab page in my browsers.

    Kills flocks of birds with one stone! ;)

    Reply
  2. David Johnson

    My Edge Canary is the same build as what you tested, and still shows old menu.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It must be due to Controlled Feature Rollout.

      Reply

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