Set Custom Image as New Tab Page Background in Microsoft Edge

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How to Set Custom Image as New Tab Page Background in Microsoft Edge.

One of the most welcomed changes has landed in Microsoft Edge Chromium. Finally, the browser allows setting a custom image as a New Tab Page background, replacing Bing Image of the Day.

The new option is available starting in Edge Canary 83.0.471.0, released today. Prior to this change, you can pick one of three presets for the New Tab Page appearance.

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:

  • Focused
  • Inspirational
  • Informational

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

The images above are from an older Edge build, but as of this writing, the options don't look much different.

Starting in build 83.0.471.0 of Microsoft Edge, you can set a custom image for your New Tab Page. Update Microsoft Edge to the latest build available before proceeding (see below).

To Set Custom Image as New Tab Page Background in Microsoft Edge,

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Open a new tab (Ctrl + T).
  3. Click on the gear icon button.
  4. Click on Custom.
  5. Select Your own image under Background.
  6. Click on Upload, and browse for an image you want to set as your New Tab Page background.
  7. The image now applied.

You are done.

To replace the custom image, click on Remove, and upload a new image of your choice.

Actual Edge versions

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

Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium-based browser with a number of exclusive features like Read Aloud and services tied to Microsoft instead of Google.

The stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium is available to the public for a while. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium and Edge Chromium latest roadmap. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, 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. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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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.

10 thoughts on “Set Custom Image as New Tab Page Background in Microsoft Edge”

  1. Needing a way to add more speed dial links. 7 isn’t enought. Even Chrome has more. Vivaldi/FF/Opera is godlike on this.

  2. No luck getting it to open with the page (about:blank) that I, the user, wants instead of the page (bing:search) M$ wants?

  3. YES! Your a genius!

    Well actually I feel kinda stupid for not thinking of that. I’ve never needed an extension for this purpose before, it’s always been a setting in the browser.

    A quick search led me to this extension “” in the chrome store.

    Since “about:blank” loads an all white page I use my local file that’s black instead.

  4. I’m running Edge 83.0.478.37, and the New Tab Customize page does not give me an option to upload a custom image, only to turn their set of images on or off.

  5. The issue here is that if I close the browser and open a new one (after I set my “new tab” custom with my own image), Edge reverts it back automatically to “image of the day.” This is very annoying, and you made no mention of it. This article is essentially useless.

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