How to Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge

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Introduction

You can set homepage in Edge (Microsoft Edge) directly from Settings. This method is suitable for individual or home users.

However, Windows administrators can set homepage in Edge using Group Policy. This is an easy way to set homepage in Edge for thousands of computers joined to an Active Directory Domain.

What makes the group policy method more exciting is that you can even decide whether your users can modify the homepage or not.

Options to Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge

This guide demos how to set homepage in Edge from Edge settings and with Group Policy.

Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge from Edge Settings

Here are the steps

  • Open Microsoft Edge. Then click 3 dots on the top right of the page.
to set homepage in Edge - Open Microsoft Edge. Then click 3 dots on the top right of the page.
  • Next, click Settings.
Next, click Settings.
  • Beneath Open Microsoft Edge with, click on the drop-down (Should be set to Start page by default).
set homepage in edge
  • Then select A specific page or pages.
set homepage in edge
  • When you select A specific page or pages you will have the option to enter a page or pages. Type the website you wish to use as homepage. Then either press enter or click the save button (highlighted in the smaller box below).
  • To add a new page, click add new page. Type the page then click save or enter.
  • To remove a page, click the x beside the page.
  • Finally, close and reopen Microsoft Edge. My homepage are now set to Google.com and Bing.com!

Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge with Group Policy

Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge with Group Policy

The steps in this section is intended for Windows administrators. If you are a home or individual user, use the steps here – Set Homepage in Edge from Settings.

The demo in this guide was performed in Windows Server 2016.

This is a 3-step process:

  1. Create a new GOP
  2. Link GPO to a Container
  3. Edit the GPO to set homepage in Edge

Create a new GOP

Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge with Group Policy - Login to Windows Sever 2016. Then open Server Manager.
  • From Server Manager, click Tools. Then select Group Policy Management.
From Server Manager, click Tools. Then select Group Policy
  • From Group Policy Management, expand Domains. Then expand your domain name.
You can set your group policy with the Default Domain Policy but it is recommended to create a new Group Policy Object (GPO).

To create a new GPO:

  • Expand Group Policy Objects.
  • Next, drag the GPO you wish to use to create a new one into Group Policy Objects container. In this example, I will drag Default Domain Policy to the Group Policy Objects container.
set homepage in edge
  • To copy the GPO, select one of the options and click OK. If you are not sure, select Use the default permissions for new GPOs. When the copy is complete, click OK. A copy of the GPO is created. See the second image below.
set homepage in edge
set homepage in edge
  • To rename the copied GPO, right-click it.Then select Rename. Give the GPO a descriptive name. See mine below.

Link GPO to an Active Directory Container

The next step is to link the new GPO to an AD container. In this example, I will apply the GPO to the root of this domain.

You can apply GPOs to Sites, Domains or OUs
  • Drag the GPO to the container you wish to link it to. When you drag the GPO to the container you will be asked to confirm. Click OK.
  • The GPO will now appear beneath the container (in this instance, the root of the domain).

Edit the GPO to Set Homepage in Edge

This is the last step to set homepage in Microsoft Edge with Group Policy.

Here are the steps:

  • Right-click the new GPO. Then select Edit.
Edit the GPO to Set Homepage in Edge
  • When the GPO opens for editing, navigate to:
Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge
  • To order the policy settings alphabetically, click Setting.
Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\
  • Next, locate and double-click Configure open Microsoft Edge With..
  • When the policy opens, click Enabled. Then from the Configure open Microsoft Edge With drop-down, select an option.
  • To set homepage in Edge to open a website, select A specific page or pages (default). Then, to save the configuration changes click OK. The setting is now Enabled (see the second image below).
  • Next step: locate the policy Configure Starter pages. Double-click to open it.
  • Click Enable. Then beneath the Options: enter the websites in the format <itechguides.com><Google.com>. When you finish click OK. The policy is now Enabled as well.
set homepage in edge with Goup Policy
With these two settings enabled, Edge homepage for Computers in the container this GPO is applied will be set to open the pages set in the GPO.

However, users will NOT be allowed to change the homepage. If you wish to allow users to Set Homepage in Microsoft Edge from Settings and override the GPO, you need to enable one more setting – Disable lockdown of start pages.
  • When you open Disable lockdown of start pages for editing, click Enabled. Then click OK.
For the purpose of this guide I will not enable this policy.

After these configurations have been enabled, if you open Microsoft Edge in a computer in the container the GPO is linked, the homepage will be set to the pages in the GPO.

To force the computer to apply the GPO immediately, open command prompt. Then type the command below and press enter.

GPUpdate /force

Conclusion

To set homepage in Edge use one of these methods. As I said in the introduction, the first method is for home or individual users while the second method is for Administrators.

Have any questions or comment? Use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page.

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Victor Ashiedu is the Managing Editor of Itechguides.com. Before he started Itechguides.com, he worked in IT for close to 20 years. Having done all things tech all his career, he now focuses on making tech easier for others. Victor writes "How to" guides, "Fix it" guides, reviews and buying guides.

2 Comments
  1. Having trouble enabling this on a RDS server.
    GP says wondows 10 and up required.
    Using 2012 DC to a 2016 RDS

    Any help is appreciated.

    • I suppose you are using the Group Policy method. At what stage of the setup are you having trouble? Did you receive an error message? What is the error message? If I have more information, I may be able to help.

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