moderated Re: very annoying issue whenever I open Edge


In Edge, and every other browser I'm aware of, if you so choose you can set any home page you wish.  For myself, when I have any browser open I always have it open all of the tabs I previously had open when I closed it.  But in Edge, if you want to specify a start page, e.g., or, then open Edge Settings and navigate to the Start, home, and new tabs pane.  In that pane, in the first section with the title, When Edge starts, activate the radio button for Open these pages then activate the Add a new page button as many times as you wish so that the set of pages specified are what open when you open Edge.

Step-by-step instructions:

Chromium-based Edge: Setting Home Page, Default Opening Page(s), and Search Engine

All that follows presumes you have the Chromium-based Edge open, and have done the following to open Settings:


1. Hit ALT,Down Arrow or ALT+F to throw focus to the Edge Menu button and expand the menu itself.


2. Follow that with S for settings.  This will open a tab showing the following address:  edge://settings/profiles   

This is the Edge Settings page.  One could also just open a tab and paste in the address above, but it's better to know how to get there via the menu button.

Setting a Home Page (a real home page, that is accessed via the Home button):
Once you open Edge settings, tab once (which should land you on the Profiles pane selection in the settings list - it's first), down arrow 3 times and you will land on the Start, home, & new tabs pane entry.  Hit Enter on it to get the pane itself to load. Hit TAB repeatedly until you have to focus on the toggle for Show home button, then toggle it on by hitting the space bar.  As soon as you do this, two additional radio buttons appear.  The first is New Tab Page, and this radio button is selected by default.  Directly beneath it is a second radio button for a specific page URL, announced as Enter URL radio button, which is stippled out as not accessible and rather odd to get to in that you must down arrow when you have focus on the New Tab Page radio button to gain focus on it.  TAB will not work. Once you have focus on it you can activate it, then the actual edit box for the URL you wish to enter becomes accessible, and a single TAB lands you in it to enter the URL for the page you want as a home page.   Once you've entered that URL a save button becomes active right next to it.  Tab to the Save button, activate it, and you're done.

Setting what the browser opens when you first fire it up
Once you open Edge settings, tab once (which should land you on the Profiles pane selection in the settings list - it's first), down arrow 3 times and you will land on the Start, home, & new tabs pane entry.  Hit Enter on it to get the pane itself to load.  Hit TAB to throw focus into the On Startup Pane contents, which will be composed of three radio buttons:
Open the new tab pageOpen tabs from the previous session, and Open these pages.   If you select the first or second option, you're done.  If you select the third, additional controls appear that allow you to add a list of specific pages (which could be a single page) or to set all currently open tabs as the list of pages.

Changing the Search Engine in the Chromium-based Edge Browser

(The steps start at number three, since the common steps one and two were mentioned at the outset)

3. Tab once to land on the Profiles item in the Settings tree. Down arrow once to get to the Privacy and Services item, then hit Enter to get that pane to load.


4. Hit Tab to throw focus into the pane.  Hit CTRL+F to bring up Find, then enter Address as your search term.  Hit Enter to run that Find.


5. The Address Bar entry text will be found.  Hit escape to close the search, then Hit Tab once to land on the actual button for same and activate it.


6. You're now in the Address bar settings, and there are three controls there, the titles of which are pretty self explanatory.  To set your default search engine in the address bar, use the setting for that.  To change your default search engine for the browser, go to the last option, Manage search engines, then:


             a) Tab once to land in the search box.

             b) Start typing the name of the search engine you wish to use.  If it's one of "the big ones" like Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etc., it will very likely be the only search result returned, but sometimes it isn't.

             c) Hit TAB three times.  If your preferred search engine is what you've landed on move to step 7, if it isn't, then down arrow through the results until you land on the search engine you want.


7. Right arrow three times to land on the "More Actions" button for that search engine and activate it.


8.  This will bring up a pop-up menu, with "Make default" being the first item.  Since that's what you're trying to do, activate that option.


You're done.  You can close the settings tab.





Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

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