How do I get rid of MSN Bing Tab on Opening New Edge


This should really be simple and obvious but I am stumped.

I really don’t like or use MSN or Bing Search, and simply only want Google page to appear when opening the New Edge browser. But its not obvious in the settings where to disable MSN start page from being loaded. I don’t Seem to have any Option of disabliing [MSN] “New Tab” from being opend upon startup. I can set Google to open on startup, but it is a Tab hidden behind MSN garbage. The Settings: “New tab page”, only appears to have options on how to configure the MSN page contents.

Quite frankly this obsfucation puts me right off using this browser.

Comments (20)

20 responses to “How do I get rid of MSN Bing Tab on Opening New Edge”

  1. bmatusz

    On the new blank tab, you can select the gear in the upper right corner and customize it to remove quick links, greeting, image of the day, and turn content off.

  2. robinwilson16

    I noticed this a few weeks back on the canary version. Before I could configure a single page as the default but now this Bing page always pops up first in front of any other tabs I have configured and there seems to be no way to disable it without using an extension.

    Think this must be a bug and is hopefully not intentional.

    • jules_wombat

      In reply to robinwilson16:

      Yes this is exactly what I am experiencing. I cannot get rid of, or change, the damn "New Tab Page" being Microsoft Bing. And I am on version 80..0.361.

      This is nasty behaviour, as it obfuscates choice for normal users.

    • willc

      In reply to robinwilson16:

      It only seems unintentional if you haven’t been paying attention to Microsoft and their anti-consumer agenda. Obviously, they thought this would be a great way to increase Bing’s market share without anyone noticing.

    • miamimauler

      In reply to robinwilson16:

      "Think this must be a bug and is hopefully not intentional"

      It must be a bug. This would clearly be considered anti-competitive behavior if it were to make it into the official release.

      Perhaps Paul or Brad could reach out to a MS contact regarding this. It has the potential to be an extremely controversial move if implemented.

      • lwetzel

        In reply to miamimauler:

        "anti-competitive behavior"????

        All browser open to their page of choice when you first install. Chrome, Firefox, etc.

        That can be changed in all browsers also.

        Has nothing to do with "anti-competitive" it is "competitive"

        Ever see a Ford commercial start with showing the new Chevrolet?

        Think we're a bit off course.

  3. lwetzel

    This is Rocket Science so I posted some images. A picture is worth a thousand words so here is 3K words.

    • jules_wombat

      In reply to lwetzel:

      Thanks for the effort in posting the suggestion. Unfortunately it makes no difference to the "New Tab Page" still being Microsoft Bing, appearing on Startup as my Main Tab. I am on version 80..0.361.

      I guess I must have a messed up Windows 10/Edge Configuration somewhere, as my 'traditional' Edge behaves OK, as intended.

  4. terry jones

    First I would make sure you are using the latest Beta.

    I'm on Version 79.0.309.51 (Official build) beta (64-bit) on Win10 pro.

    Three dots, settings, on startup, "Open a specific page or pages", add a new page, type in, DONE!

    This works for me.

    Hope this helps.

    BTW, if you're on the "S" version of win10, some options might not be available.

  5. anoldamigauser

    Make Google your start page (On Startup section) and home page (Appearance section) and modify the New page settings.

    • jules_wombat

      In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:

      Sorry, not clear, but how do you change the URL for the "New Tab Page ?

      It presumes that New Tab is always the Bing search, without any choice.

      • anoldamigauser

        In reply to Jules_Wombat:

        Settings, you need to go to settings.

        Select "Appearance" in the left hand panel, and then you can turn on the "Show home button" and set a homepage.

        Then, select "On startup" in the left hand panel, and choose "Open a specific page or pages", and select the page you want to start at (i.e. google[.]com)

        That should get you done. Now, you can customise the new tab page to be as inoffensive as possible. I would go to "Custom" and turn off content. The picture of the day is fine, quick links should list Google as an option so leave those. Not sure how one changes the default search engine, since I use Duck-Duck-Go and Bing over Google. Try edge://settings/searchengines , I think that might work.


        On the "Settings" page, choose "Privacy and services", then find "Address bar >" and expand that. From there, you can manage search engines and select the default, which apparently will work in the address bar. The new page will still feature Bing on the page, but the address bar will use your newly chosen default. Not ideal, but that is what the Feedback page is for.

        • jules_wombat

          In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:

          Thanks I have been trying all sort of Setting Options, and taken the advice below on being able to change the Search Engine choice.

          But I remain frustrated why we have to be stuck with the Bing page at all ! Even if I can customise its appearance.

          This is seriously Pants !

          • anoldamigauser

            In reply to Jules_Wombat:

            Personally, I like the Image of the Day, but would really like the search engine choice to be honored in both the address bar and the new tab page.

            For other browsers, I just set new tab to be about://blank.

  6. lyn_pritchard

    I also hate the way a new tab defaults to Bing and the only workaround I have found is to use a new tab extension from Chrome web store, there are a few available.