Microsoft Edge updates don’t always match what users want
Question: I am running the latest version of Windows 10 and using their Edge browser. My opening page is set to duckduckgo.com for research. Edge’s latest update reset my opening page on their Bing search engine and I attempted to reset the opening page on duckduckgo.com as I had done before.
I tried everything that was available in the settings menu and even gave up and sought Cox technical support to see if this simple adjustment could be made to get the start page I want. After an hour of testing, we gave up.
So now I log into Bing and click on duckduckgo.com – a minor inconvenience but still a little irritating. Do you have any idea what might be going on with Edge and their insistence on opening up with Bing to the exclusion of others?
I have been able to use the duckduckgo.com start page successfully for years. The issue developed after the last Edge update. I tried a system restore without success.
– John S., Niceville
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A: Let me start by saying that it’s not really practical to try and use System Restore to remove major product updates, like Microsoft’s new Edge browser. Even if you successfully restore your system before installation, Windows Update will detect that your system does not have the latest Edge browser update, and it will automatically download and install it for you. , getting you back to where you started. During this time, any other recent changes you have made are also rolled back.
I have no particular idea about it other than to say marketing, marketing, marketing. When has Microsoft ever given in and accepted the competition without having a trump card up its sleeve to play when you least expect it?
A browser reset seems like a perfect opportunity to reset some of your customizations as well, especially those that take your search business to their competition.
Am I laying charges? I’m not. But you reported an event and asked what “might” be happening.
Let’s go through some concepts and then some setup procedures to see if we can get your browser to behave the way you want it to, okay? I want to be sure that you and everyone else are aware of the distinction between your browser’s home page, home page (s), and its default search engine, as there is no concept of ” opening page “question.
There was a time, before browsers had tabs and could open multiple pages simultaneously, where you could set one and only one home page. When you launched the browser, it automatically loaded the defined home page. Additionally, if you clicked on the Home button, which was still present on the toolbar, it would load the defined home page, replacing the currently loaded content.
In the current version of Edge, this â€œHomeâ€ feature has been mostly superseded by the concept of start pages, which open as a group when launching Edge. Your implementation may even no longer display the Home button by default. The functionality is still there, it’s just a little harder to find in the settings.
To configure start pages, click the 3 dot button in the upper right corner of Edge and select â€œSettingsâ€. In the navigation bar that opens, click on “Start”. Select “Open specific page (s)” and proceed with the configuration. Note that Edge also has the option to take a snapshot of all currently open tabs and use them at startup.
The Home button configuration can be found in the “Appearance” menu of the navigation bar of all places. Scroll down under “Customize Toolbar” and you will see “Show Home Button”. Note that any page you configure here will not open when you launch the browser, but only when you click the Home button.
Another thing that has changed over time is the way browsers implement search. You can search directly from the address bar, and although Microsoft defaults to its own Bing search engine, you ultimately control which search engine is used.
In that navigation bar, click on “Privacy, Search & Services” and scroll down until you see “Address Bar & Search”. Click on the arrow pointing to the right. From there, search for â€œSearch engine used in address barâ€ and click the drop-down menu to make your selection. You should even see your favorite DuckDuckGo as an option.
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