How to start Microsoft Edge with blank page

Microsoft Edge is the new Internet browser that has replaced Internet Explorer in Windows 10. When you start Microsoft Edge, by default it starts with Top sites.


Listed below are the steps to start Microsoft Edge with Blank Web page.

Step 1: Start Microsoft Edge and click More actions option available at the Top left hand corner.


Step 2: Select Settings from the drop down list.

Step 3: In the Open with radio option, select New tab page option.


Step 4: Navigate to Open new tabs with section and click the drop down.


Step 5: Select A blank page from the list of available option.


Now when you restart Microsoft Edge, it should start with a blank page.


11 responses to “How to start Microsoft Edge with blank page”

  1. Thank you. I have metered data, so opening with a blank page is helpful. But, after I followed your instructions, Edge opened with a row of top sites, then “my news feeds” displayed (on the rest of the page). I had to click “hide my news feeds” and also “customize” (above the row of top sites) and choose the “blank” option. I’ve bookmarked your site and will explore it. Thank you again. 🙂

  2. Worked like a charm. Thanks; it was really really bugging me.

  3. it appears this instruction is now out of date. The Open With is different now.

  4. In order to get a truly blank starting page, do this. At “Settings\Open Microsoft Edge with”, choose “A specific page or pages” from the dropdown. In the “Enter a URL” box type “about:blank” (without the quotes, no spaces around the colon). Users of Internet Explorer will be familiar with this, it was always the way to make IExplore open with a blank page. Then, click the little floppy disk icon to the right of the box to save it. If you don’t remember floppy disks, it’s an icon of a little square thing. Then when you close Edge and restart it, you should see a truly blank page, no cookies, newsfeeds or any other unwanted baggage.

    For good measure you can also choose to “Open new tabs with” a blank page as described above.

    Hope this helps!

    1. Thank you Dakmus! It’s 2020 and your method still works like a charm! I just setup a new PC and have been trying to get a true about:blank for a few days now, I came close but now, thanks to your post, I finally have it fixed! I didn’t think it was going to work, I followed your instructions and it didn’t work, then, I finished following your instructions, closed the browser, opened it and walla, about:blank, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    2. This is the only thing that worked for me! Thank you, Dakmus

  5. Thank you, Dakmus!

    I was really getting annoyed at all this junk news Edge kept feeding me when all I wanted was a nice clean slate.


  6. No longer works in 2019. Microsoft has changed the settings panel and removed the option.

  7. not working anymore.

  8. This “Blank Page” is not available anymore in 2022.
    As Dakmus said,
    will do the trick.

  9. I have a password for my bank for Edge. Bing browser comes on but does not take the same password. Is this correct. ?

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