Microsoft Edge new tab page customizationSource: Windows Central

On Windows 10, the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge has a new tab page experience that is far more customizable than the one available in the legacy version.

Although during the initial setup, you get the option to choose a new tab layout, if you're not happy with your current configuration, the new Microsoft Edge offers plenty of settings to personalize the page with background images, quick links, and content around the web.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to customize and make the most out of the new tab page available with the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge.

How to change new tab layout on Microsoft Edge

To change the new tab page layout on Chromium Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Select the Settings option.
  4. Click on New tab page.

    Quick tip: You can also access these customizations from the settings (gear) button on any new tab.

  5. Click the Customize button.

    Microsoft Edge new tab page settings Source: Windows Central

  6. Select the new page layout:

    • Focused – offers a design without a background image, search box, quick links with your most frequent sites. Also, if you scroll down, you'll have news tailored to your liking. Microsoft Edge focused new tab option
    • Inspirational – provides a similar experience as the Focused layout, but it features a background image that changes daily. If you scroll down, you'll find news headlines tailored to your taste. Microsoft Edge Inspirational new tab option
    • Informational – features a search box, quick links, and background image, but it focuses on content around the web. Microsoft Edge informational new tab option
  7. Use the Language & content drop-down menu to select the language and region of the content that you'll see when opening a new tab.

    Microsoft Edge content language settingsSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, every time you open a new tab, the page will use the layout that you customized.

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How to set custom new tab layout on Microsoft Edge

If none of the layouts fits your preferences, the browser also allows you to configure a custom layout with only the blocks you want to see on the page.

To configure a custom new tab layout for Edge on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Select the Settings option.
  4. Click on New tab page.
  5. Click the Customize button.

    Microsoft Edge new tab page settingsSource: Windows Central

  6. Select the Custom option.

    Microsoft Edge new tab custom optionSource: Windows Central

  7. Turn on or off the Show quick links toggle switch to show or hide the the links for your frequent sites.

    Microsoft Edge customize quick links, background, content settingsSource: Windows Central

  8. Turn on or off the Image of the day toggle switch to remove the background from the tab page (similar to the Focused layout).
  9. Use the Content drop-down menu to remove completely or change how news should appear on new tabs.

After you complete the steps, the new tab page will use your custom configuration.

Customizing content experience

You can further personalize the experience by choosing the topics that you're interested in seeing content from the Microsoft News service.

To personalize the new tab content on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Use the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut (or click the plus + button in the top-left) to start a new tab page.
  3. Click the Personalize button in the headlines row. (You may need to scroll down the page if you don't see the option.)

    Microsoft Edge new tab personalize optionSource: Windows Central

  4. Under the "My Interests" section, click the checkmark for the content that isn't of interest to you.

    Microsoft Edge new tab my interests settingsSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the left pane menu to navigate through the different topics (business, entertainment, health, local, etc.).
  6. Click the plus (+) button for each item.

    Microsoft Edge configure content interestsSource: Windows Central

  7. Click on Information cards.
  8. Turn off the toggle switch for the cards (Weather, Sports, and Money) you're not interested in seeing in the new tab page.

    Microsoft Edge remove information cardsSource: Windows Central

If the content still not relevant to your liking in the new tab page, on each story, you can click the settings (three-dotted) button with options to hide the story or publisher.

How to add or remove links in new tab on Microsoft Edge

Also, you can add, remove, and rename the quick links available on the new tab page.

Adding new tab link

To add new links to the new tab page, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Use the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut (or click the plus + button in the top-left) to start a new tab page.
  3. Click the add (+) button.
  4. Specify a name for the website.
  5. Specify the link of the website you want to pin on the new tab page.

    Microsoft Edge add quick link to new tab pageSource: Windows Central

  6. Click the Add button.

Once you complete the steps, the new link will appear in the list but replacing the link in the last position, as you can only have seven links at one time.

Removing new tab link

To delete a quick link on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Use the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut (or click the + button in the top-left) to start a new tab page.
  3. Click the settings (three-dotted) button and select the Remove option

    Microsoft Edge remove quick link new tab pageSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the link will no longer be available, and another suggestion will replace it.

Renaming new tab link

To rename a quick link in the new tab page, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Use the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut (or click the + button in the top-left) to start a new tab page.
  3. Click the settings (three-dotted) button and select the Rename option.
  4. Specify a different or shorter (recommended) name.

    Microsoft Edge rename quick link new tab pageSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the quick link will adopt the new name on the list.

We're focusing this guide on Windows 10, but these instructions will also work on the variants of Microsoft Edge for older versions of Windows and macOS.

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