Microsoft Edge is getting Home Toolbar Button with custom URL

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Microsoft is working on updating the startup options in the Edge browser. For some Insiders, the browser shows a new page in Settings that combines what was in the 'New Tab Page' and 'Startup' sections with a portion of new options. Also, it brings the Home button to the toolbar.

The options are available through a new page, Start, home, and new tabs. Here's how it looks.

It consists of three sections.

When Edge starts

Here you can make specify what the browser should do when you launch it. There is an option to open the new tab page (this is the default action), open tabs from the previous section, or open specific pages.

These options were earlier available under the "On Startup" section, which is no longer displayed in Edge settings.

The last option allows you to set specific pages to be opened on startup. You can quickly add the currently open tabs here, or manually enter the URLs.

Home Button

The new Home button option allows you to open the browser startup object with one click. Currently, it provides two options.

  • New tab page - when this is enabled, the browser will simply open a new tab once you click on the Home button in the toolbar.
  • There is also an option to specify a custom open to open when you click on the Home button.

It is worth mentioning that currently the Home button is missing the Chromium-based Edge browser. However, it was available in the legacy Edge app. Microsoft is working on adding the missing "legacy" options to the newer browser, so the Home button is yet another step taken in this direction.

New tab page

The last section on the page includes the option that allow you to customize the appearance and behavior of the New Tab page. Here, you can show or hide news, change the page template, its background image, and so on. These options were available inside the dedicated "New Tab Page" category, but now it is part of the new Start, home, and new tabs section.

The changes are currently available to a subset of Insiders running Canary builds of Microsoft Edge. Microsoft is collecting feedback on this change, and will eventually make it accessible by more users.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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