Skip to main content

How to add or remove buttons next to the address bar on Microsoft Edge

Alongside the long list of enhancements and features, starting with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), Microsoft Edge now allows you to add or remove action buttons that appear next to the address bar.

This means that you no longer have to put up with the "Add notes" button if you don't use Windows Ink on your device, and you can now add shortcuts for faster access to other features, including history, downloads, and others.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll show you the easy steps to add or remove buttons next to the address bar of Microsoft Edge with the options available starting with the October 2018 Update.

How to manage the address bar buttons on Microsoft Edge

To customize the buttons that appear next to the address bar, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more menu button on the top-right corner.
  3. Select the Show in toolbar sub-menu.
  4. Click the action button that you want to add or remove from the toolbar.

Once you've completed the steps, you may need to repeat the steps to manage additional action buttons in the toolbar.

If you're looking to remove a button for an extension from the toolbar. Right-click the button, and select the Show next to address bar option.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

5 Comments
  • I really don't understand why Reading View and Add to Favorites are separated from the rest of the icons and placed INSIDE the search bar. The only logical reason I can think of is that those two buttons are buttons that perform actions on the current web page while the others are for more generalized tasks. But then that leads to the question of the why the Add Notes button is grouped with the other ones since that is a task specific to the page you're on. MS makes me so confused.
  • I don't see FluentDesign's "Depth" element in the screenshot. Is it gone already? Even on October Update?
  • Thanks, love this.
  • That's great and all, but...
    Can they please fix the issue where the "add to favorites" button keeps disappearing from the url box for the 50-ish computers I support at work.
    And when will we be able to do a simple search within our favorites lists?
  • Nice! But when are we going to get a Reading List folder management system or intelligent search function in Edge for the built in Reading List? The Reading List is growing and growing and scrolling is taking longer and longer...