How to add or remove Home button in Microsoft Edge?

Issue: Hi, I have recently decided to move to MS Edge (Chromium) browser from Chrome. I am, however, missing the Home button on it. It would be nice to see some more options for Edge available to me.

Solved Answer

Microsoft Edge was released by Microsoft in 2015, along with the launch of Windows 10. The new browser was meant to replace the horrendous Internet Explorer – a browsing tool that has been plagued by vulnerabilities,[1] usability issues, and has since been regarded as the slowest browser in history.

Despite the best efforts of Microsoft, MS Edge did not receive the best ratings and made few people switch from the ever-popular Chrome or even the outdated Internet Explorer. With the release of Chromium Edge, the company is now back into the browser competition race. Thanks to its privacy-focused approach and lower resource consumption, many people decided to make a switch from Chrome or other browsers.

On desktops, MS Edge is now more prominent than Firefox in terms of market share.[2] Despite its popularity rising, there are still many questions that users have regarding its usability. One of such issues is that, by default, the home button on MS Edge is missing. The function of the button is very simple – once clicked, it redirects users to a predetermined URL.

The browser component is likely thought of as optional by the developer; however, many users are not fond of the default Bing search provider the browser offers, and, in order to change it, users need to have the home button active in certain situations. In other cases, people simply like their home button.

How to add or remove Home button in Microsoft Edge?

When it comes to more customization options, we have already talked about how to disable or enable Dark Mode and how to change the homepage/new tab function. In this article, we will explain several ways you can enable or disable the Home button on the Microsoft Edge Chromium browser.

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1. Use browser settings

The easiest way to enable or disable the Home button is via browser settings.

  • Open MS Edge browser
  • Go to Settings and more > Settings
  • Go to Start, Home, and new tabs section (left side)
  • Scroll down to the Home button section
  • Click the Show home button on the toolbar to toggle the switch to the right (ON position) Disable or enable home button via settings
  • Likewise, you can also configure the new tab page – you can either choose your preferred URL with the second option or choose the New tab page to leave it default.

2. Use the Registry editor

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If for some reason you are unable to use browser settings, you can always rely on the Registry editor. Keep in mind that incorrectly using it and deleting useful files might cause serious system malfunction, so you should be very careful when editing it. Thus, to be on the safe side, we strongly recommend you backup your registry database before proceeding.

  • Type in regedit in Windows search and press Enter
  • If User Account Control (UAC) warning shows up, click Yes
  • Select File > Export…
  • Once the new window opens, select All under Export range, name your backup and click Save. Export registry

Once the backup is ready, proceed with the following steps:

  • Go back to Registry Editor
  • Go to the following location:


  • The Registry will likely not have the MS Edge entry, so you should create it (if the Edge key is indeed in there, skip the next step)
  • Right-click on the Microsoft folder and select New > Key, name it Edge Create Edge key
  • Select the Edge folder on the left by clicking it once
  • On the right, right-click on empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it ShowHomeButton
  • Once done, double-click the newly-created key
  • Set Value data to 0 and click OK to remove the Home button. Likewise, you can enable it by setting the value to 1. Create new DWORD (32-bit) Value

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