Edge can be very annoying if you don’t keep it under control, mainly because it’s possessed by some default behaviors that you didn’t ask for or even want. Here are some of them:
Set Edge As Your Default Browser
So determined is Microsoft to ram this browser down our throats that the company goes to great lengths to bully us into using Edge as our default browser and likes to nag us whenever possible. However, once you’ve set your default browser in Windows Settings, some programs/apps/files will still open in Edge. PDF files for example, which means another trip to Windows Settings, this time to Apps/Default Apps.
Stop Chrome Tabs Opening In Edge
I use Edge on a PC connected to the Smart TV because, at the time of the Windows installation, I thought it was a good idea. Anyway, Edge started to open Chrome tabs from my recent Chrome browsing and I later discovered that this is a default setting.
Who thought that that would be a good idea? Answer – no one!
If you type this into the Edge address bar you will be able to change that setting:
The default setting appears to be ON, so I changed that and now it looks like this:
Hide Copilot From Edge
I’m not interested in using Copilot AI in Edge, and it can be hidden by typing:
The same goes for search. If you prefer Google search, type this:
edge://settings/search and change the default search engine from Bing to Google or another search engine.
Stop Edge Loading At Windows Startup
Jim Hillier wrote an excellent article on this subject, How To Prevent Edge Loading At Startup, so suffice it to say that it’s another irritating foible of Edge to be ever-present in your life.
This is particularly useful because on PCs with few resources, Edge running in the background can be a memory/CPU hog and another one of those aspects of Edge that drives me nuts.
None of us like being nagged, least of all from a lowly browser, particularly if we get enough of that at home, so the only recourse is to tame Edge into behaving itself, and once that’s done I can just about live with it.