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3 Ways to Enable or Disable Home Button in Microsoft Edge

Several people have recently started using Microsoft Edge as their primary browser due to its integration with Chromium, lower resource consumption, and overall features. But one common complaint among them is the lack of a home button which is absent by default. So in this article, we will discuss four ways to enable and disable the home button in the Microsoft Edge toolbar.

Enable or Disable Home Button in Microsoft Edge

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What is Home Button in Microsoft Edge?

The home button is present in the top left corner of a browser which allows the user to jump to the home page or a preset website or page. You can access it by clicking on the Home icon.


Generally, people set the home button to take them to the Google search page which can especially be useful on Microsoft Edge as the default landing page is a Bing search. Some may choose to keep a blank new tab page as the browser’s home page.

How to Enable or Disable Home Button in Edge Toolbar?

We have curated a list of different methods that you can try to enable and disable the home button on Edge which is disabled by default. We will show you a step-by-step guide for each method so let us take a look at how to add and remove the home button in Microsoft Edge Toolbar.

Method 1- Enable Home Button in Edge Settings

You can enable and add a home button to the Edge toolbar within the Microsoft Edge settings and set the home button to open a new tab page or another site under the same setting. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Go to Settings.

Step 3: Select Start, home, and new tabs from the left sidebar.

Step 4: Under Home Button, click on the toggle to enable and add a home button to the Edge toolbar.

Enable Home Button In Edge Settings

This will add a home button to the Microsoft Edge toolbar. If you want to remove the home button then click on the toggle again to disable it.

Method 2- Add Home Button using Registry Editor

If the above method does not seem to be working for you for some reason then you can try adding a home button from the registry editor. This will force enable a home button on the toolbar and you can only disable it from the Registry Editor.

Note: Tampering incorrect files in the Registry Editor can cause your computer to malfunction. We recommend you to read the steps carefully and only proceed if the above method is not working for you.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open Windows Search.

Step 2: Type regedit in the search box and click on OK.

Step 3: Select Yes on the User Account Control prompt.

Step 4: On the Registry Editor, click on the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

Step 5: Now click on SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft.

Step 6: Under Microsoft, right-click on the blank space on the right.

Step 7: Now select New and then Key.

Add Home Button to Microsoft Edge

Step 8: Name this Key as Edge.

You can skip steps 6,7 and 8 if there is already an Edge folder under Microsoft.

Step 9: Click on the Edge folder and then right-click on the blank space again.

Add Home Button to Microsoft Edge

Step 10: Select New and then  DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Add Home Button to Microsoft Edge

Step 11: Name this new file as ShowHomeButton.

Step 12: Double click on ShowHomeButton and set the Value Data to 1 and press OK.

Add Home Button to Microsoft Edge

This will force enable Home Button on the Edge browser. Relaunch Edge and you should see a Home Button. It will also show a banner saying Managed by your organization.

Step 13: To remove the home button, set the Value Data to 0 and click OK.

Method 3- Use Keyboard Shortcut to Access Home Page

The purpose of the home button is to open a new tab page or take you to a predetermined page or website. Well if you do not want to clutter your toolbar but still want the ability to jump to the home page then you can use an easy keyboard shortcut instead.

Just press the Alt + Home button on your keyboard and it will open a new tab or your preset home page. Similarly, if you want a quick shortcut to open a new tab then press Ctrl + T and this will open a new tab page in the Microsoft Edge browser.

How to Configure the Home Button in Edge?

Now that you know how to add a home button on the Microsoft Edge browser. Let’s discuss how can you configure it. The Home button will be set to open a new tab page by default but you can set it to open another website or page. this is how you can configure the home button in Microsoft Edge:

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Edge and click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Select Settings.

Step 3: Select Start, home, and new tabs from the left sidebar.

Step 4: Select the blank address bar as shown in the image below.

Step 5: Enter the URL of the webpage you want to open.

For example, we have entered www.google.com which will open the google search page upon clicking the home button.

Step 6: Once you have entered the URL, click on Save.

Configure the Home Button

Now, whenever you click on the home button, it will take you to the URL you have entered.

Wrapping Up

These were the different ways you can use to enable or disable the home button on Microsoft Edge. Even after chromium integration, Microsoft is still trying to push Bing search on the Edge browser which is why people prefer to have a home button to jump straight to the Google search page. I hope you enjoyed this guide and learned something new today. Stay tuned to Browser To Use for more such articles, guides, and How To’s.

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