How to set up, use and remove Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

By default, all editions Windows 10 have the Edge browser. It can be used, configured, or removed from your computer.


  • New Microsoft Edge
  • Launching the browser
  • Browser stopped starting or slows down
    • Clearing the cache
      • Video: how to clear and disable cache in Microsoft Edge
    • Reset browser
    • Create a new account
      • Video: how to create a new account in Windows 10
    • What to do if all else fails
  • Basic settings and capabilities
    • Zoom
    • Installing add-ons
      • Video: how to add an extension to Microsoft Edge
    • Working with bookmarks and history
      • Video: How to Add a Site to Favorites and Display the Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge
    • Reading mode
    • Fast link submission
    • Create an annotation
      • Video: How to Create a Web Note in Microsoft Edge
    • InPrivate function
    • Hotkeys in Microsoft Edge
      • Tab le: hotkeys for Microsoft Edge
    • Browser settings
  • Browser refresh
  • Disable and uninstall the browser
    • Through command execution
    • Via 'Explorer'
    • Through a third party program
      • Video: how to disable or uninstall the Microsoft Edge browser
  • How to repair or install a browser

New Microsoft Edge

All previous versions Windows had different versions of Internet Explorer by default. But in Windows 10 it was replaced by a more advanced Microsoft Edge. It has the following advantages over its predecessors:

  • new EdgeHTML engine and JS interpreter – Chakra;
  • stylus support that allows you to draw on the screen and quickly share the resulting image;
  • voice assistant support (only in those countries where the voice assistant itself is supported);
  • the ability to install extensions that increase the number of browser functions;
  • support for authorization using biometric authentication;
  • the ability to run PDF files directly in the browser;
  • reading mode, which removes all unnecessary from the page.

Edge has been radically redesigned. It was simplified and designed according to modern standards. Edge has retained and added functions that can be found in all popular browsers: saving bookmarks, customizing the interface, saving passwords, scaling, etc.

New design Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge looks different from its predecessors

Launching the browser

If the browser has not been deleted or damaged, then you can start it from the quick access panel by clicking on the icon in the form of the letter E in the lower left corner.

Microsoft Edge icon on Quick Access Toolbar

Open Microsoft Edge by clicking on the E icon in the Quick Access Toolbar

Also, the browser will be found through the system search bar if you type the word Egde.

Microsoft Edge on Start Menu

You can also run Microsoft Edge through the system search bar

Browser stopped starting or slows down

Edge may stop starting in the following cases:

  • there is not enough RAM to run it;
  • the program files are damaged;
  • browser cache is full.

First, close all applications, or rather, immediately restart the device so that the RAM is free. Second, use the instructions below to eliminate the second and third cause.

Restart button in Windows 10

Restart your computer to free up RAM

The browser may hang for the same reasons that prevent it from starting. If you encounter such a problem, then also restart your computer, and then use the instructions below. But first, make sure the sagging isn't due to an unstable internet connection.

Clearing the cache

This method is suitable if it is possible to launch a browser. Otherwise, first reset your browser files using the following instruction.

  1. Open Edge, expand the menu and go to browser options. Options in the browser menu Microsoft Edge

    Open your browser and go to its options

  2. Find the 'Clear Browser Data' block and go to the file selection. Block 'Clear Browser Data' in Edge Options

    Click on the 'Select what you want to clear' button

  3. Check all sections, except for the 'Passwords' and 'Form data' items, if you do not want to enter all personal data for authorization on sites again. But if you want, you can clear everything. After the process is finished, restart your browser and check if the problem is gone. List of browser data in the 'Clear browser data' block

    Specify which files to delete

  4. If cleaning using standard methods did not help, download the free CCleaner program, run it and go to the 'Cleaning' block. Find Edge in the list of cleaned applications and check all the boxes, then start the uninstallation procedure. Browser Microsoft Edge in CCleaner

    Mark which files you want to delete and run the procedure

Video: how to clear and disable cache in Microsoft Edge

Reset browser

The steps below will help you reset your browser files to their default values ​​and will most likely fix the problem:

  1. Expand File Explorer, navigate to C: \ Users \ AccountName \ AppData \ Local \ Packages and delete the folder Microsoft. Microsoft Edge_8wekyb3d8bbwe. It is recommended to copy it somewhere else before deleting it so that you can restore it later. Folder Microsoft Edge_8wekyb3d8bbwe in the Packages folder

    Copy the folder before deleting so that you can restore it

  2. Close File Explorer and open PowerShell as administrator through the system search bar. The 'Run as administrator' item in the context menu Windows PowerShell

    Find PowerShell in the Start Menu Windows and run it as administrator

  3. Run two commands in sequence in the opened window:
    • C: \ Users \ Account_name;
    • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft. Microsoft Edge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register '$ ($ _. InstallLocation) \ AppXManifest.xml' -Verbose}. After running this command, restart your computer. Reset browser via PowerShell

      Run two commands in a PowerShell window to reset the browser

The above steps will reset Egde to its default parameters, so there shouldn't be any problems with it.

Create a new account

Another way to restore access to the standard browser without reinstalling the system is to create a new account.

  1. Expand System Options. Options in the Start Menu

    Open system settings

  2. Select the 'Accounts' section. Section 'Accounts' in parameters Windows

    Open the 'Accounts' section

  3. Go through the process of registering a new account. All the necessary data can be transferred from an existing account to a new one. 'Add user for this computer' button in the 'Family and other people' tab

    Go through the new account registration process

Video: how to create a new account in Windows 10

What to do if all else fails

If none of the above methods helped to solve the problem with the browser, there are only two ways out: reinstall the system or find an alternative. The second option is much better, as there are many free browsers out there that surpass Edge in many ways. For example, start using Google Chrome or a browser from Yandex.

Basic settings and capabilities

If you decide to start working with Microsoft Edge, then first of all you need to learn about its basic settings and functions that allow you to personalize and change the browser for each user individually.


There is a line with percentages in the browser menu. It shows at what scale the open page is displayed. The scale is set separately for each tab. If you need to make out some small object on the page, zoom in, if the monitor is too small to fit everything, reduce the page size.

Item 'Scale' in parameters Microsoft Edge

Zoom the page in Microsoft Edge to your liking

Installing add-ons

Edge has the ability to install add-ons that bring new features to the browser.

  1. Open the 'Extensions' section through the browser menu. Item 'Extensions' in parameters Microsoft Edge

    Open the 'Extensions' section

  2. Select the one you need in the store with a list of extensions and add it. After restarting the browser, the add-on will start working. But keep in mind that the more extensions, the greater the load on the browser. Unnecessary add-ons can be disabled at any time, and if a new version is released for an installed update, it will be automatically downloaded from the store. Extension Store for Microsoft Edge

    Install the necessary extensions, but keep in mind that their number will affect the load of the browser

Video: how to add an extension to Microsoft Edge

Working with bookmarks and history

To bookmark in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Right-click on the open tab and select the 'Pin' function. The pinned page opens every time the browser is launched. Pin button in Microsoft Edge

    Pin a tab if you want a specific page to open every time you start

  2. If you click on the star in the upper right corner, the page will not automatically load, but you can quickly find it in the bookmark list. Star icon in Microsoft Edge to bookmark a page

    Add the page to favorites by clicking on the star icon

  3. Open the list of bookmarks by clicking on the icon in the form of three parallel stripes. In the same window there is a history of visits. List of bookmarks in Microsoft Edge

    View history and bookmarks in Microsoft Edge by clicking on the three parallel bars icon

Video: How to Add a Site to Favorites and Display the Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge

Reading mode

The transition to the reading mode and exit from it is carried out using the button in the form of an open book. If you enter reading mode, then all blocks that do not contain text will disappear from the page.

Reading Mode in Microsoft Edge

Reading mode in Microsoft Edge removes all unnecessary from the page, leaving only text

If you need to quickly share a link to the site, then click on the 'Share' button in the upper right corner. The only drawback of this function is that you can share only through applications installed on your computer.

Send link to Microsoft Edge

Click on the 'Share' button in the upper right corner

Therefore, in order to be able to send a link, for example, to the VKontakte website, you first need to install the application from the official store Microsoft, give it permission, and only then use the Share button in the browser.

Share button in the Applications tab

Share the app with the ability to send a link to a specific site

Create an annotation

By clicking on the icon in the form of a pencil and a square, the user starts the process of creating a screenshot. During the annotation process, you can draw with different colors and add text. The end result is saved to the computer memory or sent using the 'Share' function described in the previous paragraph.

Create a note in Microsoft Edge

You can create a note and save it

Video: How to Create a Web Note in Microsoft Edge

InPrivate function

In the browser menu, you can find the 'New inPrivate Window' feature.

The inPrivate function opens a new tab that will not save any activity. That is, there will be no mentions in the browser's memory that the user visited the site opened in this mode. Cache, history and cookies will not be saved.

New InPrivate Window in Settings Microsoft Edge

Open the page in inPrivate mode, if you do not want to remember that you have visited the site in the browser memory

Hotkeys in Microsoft Edge

Hotkeys will allow you to more efficiently view pages in the browser Microsoft Edge.

Table: hotkeys for Microsoft Edge

Keys Act
Alt + F4 Close the currently active window
Alt + D Go to address bar
Alt + J Reviews and reports
Alt + Space Open the system menu of the active window
Alt + Left arrow Go to the previous page that was open in the tab
Alt + Right arrow Go to the next page that was opened in the tab
Ctrl + + Increase page scale by 10%
Ctrl + – Zoom out page by 10%
Ctrl + F 4 Close current tab
Ctrl + 0 Set default page zoom (100%)
Ctrl + 1 Switch to tab 1
Ctrl + 2 Switch to tab 2
Ctrl + 3 Switch to tab 3
Ctrl + 4 Switch to tab 4
Ctrl + 5 Switch to tab 5
Ctrl + 6 Switch to tab 6
Ctrl + 7 Switch to tab 7
Ctrl + 8 Switch to tab 8
Ctrl + 9 Switch to the last tab
Ctrl + click on the link Open URL in a new tab
Ctrl + T ab Switch forward between tabs
Ctrl + Shift + T ab Switch back between tabs
Ctrl + Shift + B Show or hide favorites bar
Ctrl + Shift + L Search using copied text
Ctrl + Shift + P Open an InPrivate window
Ctrl + Shift + R Turn reading mode on or off
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the last closed tab
Ctrl + A Choose all
Ctrl + D Add site to favorites
Ctrl + E Open a search query in the address bar
Ctrl + F Open 'Find on Page'
Ctrl + G View Reading List
Ctrl + H View history
Ctrl + I View favorites
Ctrl + J View downloads
Ctrl + K Duplicate current tab
Ctrl + L Go to address bar
Ctrl + N Open a new window Microsoft Edge
Ctrl + P Print the contents of the current page
Ctrl + R Refresh the current page
Ctrl + T Open a new tab
Ctrl + W Close current tab
Left arrow Scroll the current page to the left
Right arrow Scroll the current page to the right
Up arrow Scroll the current page up
Arrow to down Scroll down the current page
Backspace Go to the previous page that was open in the tab
End Move to the bottom of the page
Home Go to the top of the page
F5 Refresh the current page
F7 Turn keyboard navigation on or off
F12 Open developer tools
Tab Move forward through items on a web page, address bar, or Favorites panel
Shift + Tab Move backward through items on a webpage, address bar, or Favorites bar

Browser settings

By going to device settings, you can make the following changes:

  • choose a light or dark theme;
  • indicate from which page work with the browser starts;
  • clear cache, cookies and history;
  • select the parameters for the reading mode, which was mentioned in the paragraph 'Reading mode';
  • activate or deactivate pop-ups, Adobe Flash Player and keyboard navigation;
  • choose a default search engine;
  • change the settings for personalizing and saving passwords;
  • Enable or disable the use of Cortana Voice Assistant (only for countries where this feature is supported). Browser Options Microsoft Edge

    Customize the browser Microsoft Edge for yourself by going to 'Options'

Browser refresh

You cannot manually update the browser. Updates for it are downloaded together with system updates received through the Update Center. That is, to get the latest version of Edge, you need to update Windows 10.

Disable and uninstall the browser

Since Edge is a built-in browser, protected by a company Microsoft, it will not be possible to uninstall it completely without third-party applications. However, the browser can be disabled by following the instructions below.

Through command execution

You can disable the browser by executing commands. To do this, do the following:

  1. Run the PowerShell Command Prompt as an administrator. Run the Get-AppxPackage command for a complete list of installed applications. Find Edge in it and copy the line from the Package Full Name block that belongs to it. Microsoft Edge in PowerShell

    Copy the line belonging to Edge from the Package Full Name block

  2. Add the command Get-AppxPackage copied_string_without_ quotes | Remove-AppxPackage to deactivate the browser.

Via 'Explorer'

Navigate to Main_Section: \ Users \ Account_Name \ AppData \ Local \ Package in File Explorer. In the destination folder, find the Microsoft. Microsoft Edge_8wekyb3d8bbwe subfolder and drag it to any other section. For example, to some folder on drive D. You can delete a subfolder right away, but then it cannot be restored. After the subfolder disappears from the Package folder, the browser will be disabled.

Folder Microsoft Edge_8wekyb3d8bbwe in 'Explorer'

Copy the folder and move it to another partition before deleting

Through a third party program

You can block the browser using various third-party programs. For example, you can use the Edge Blocker app. It is distributed free of charge, and after installation, only one action is required – pressing the Block button. In the future, it will be possible to unblock the browser by launching the program and clicking on the Unblock button.

Edge Blocker interface

Block your browser with free third-party Edge Blocker

Video: how to disable or uninstall the Microsoft Edge browser

How to repair or install a browser

You cannot install the browser, as well as uninstall it. The browser can be blocked, this is described in the section 'Disabling and removing the browser'. The browser is installed once along with the system, so the only way to reinstall it is to reinstall the system.

If you do not want to lose the data of your existing account and the system as a whole, then use the 'System Restore' tool. Restore will restore default settings, but data will not be lost, and Microsoft Edge will be restored along with all files.

It is recommended that you install the latest version Windows before attempting such actions as reinstalling and restoring your system, as it may install updates for Edge that solve the problem you are experiencing.

Windows 10 has the Edge browser by default, which cannot be uninstalled or installed separately, but can be customized or blocked. Using browser settings, you can personalize the interface, change existing features, and add new ones. If Edge stops working or starts to freeze, clear your data and reset your browser settings.

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