How do I set the home page in Edge?


In this blog we will cover how you can setup your homepage and also your Start Page.

CONFIGURE YOUR HOMEPAGE:

  • In Microsoft Edge, select More ... > Settings, and then scroll down to select View advanced settings.
  • Turn on Show the home button, select A specific page, type the URL of the home page you want, then select Save
  • Optional: To change what you see when you first open Microsoft Edge, select More ... > Settings, and then select the option you want under Open Microsoft Edge with.

Here is a good article on how you would setup a homepage in Microsoft Edge Change your home page

Animated GIF on how to configure your homepage, so when you click on the Home icon it takes you to the prefer homepage URL

Click on the Animated GIF image above to see  how to configure your homepage, so when you click on the Home icon it takes you to the prefer homepage URL.

Here is the registry key when you manually configured the Start Homepage

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main]
"HomeButtonPage"="https://www.bing.com/"
"HomeButtonEnabled"=dword:00000001

Here is a sample Batch you can use to push the homepage:

ECHO OFF
REM Configure MSEdge Homepage
REM Author: AxelrMsft
ECHO ON

REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main" /v "HomeButtonPage" /t REG_SZ /d "https://www.bing.com" /f
REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main" /v "HomeButtonEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


CONFIGURING YOUR START PAGE USING GROUP POLICY:

In order to allow users edit the start page, both of these policies will have to be configured.

1) Policy name: Configure Start pages

This policy setting lets you configure one or more Start pages for domain-joined devices. Your employees won´t be able to change this after you set it.

If you enable this setting, you can configure one or more Start pages. If this setting is enabled, you must also include URLs to the pages, separating multiple pages by using angle brackets in this format:

Version 1703 or later: If you don´t want to send traffic to Microsoft, you can use the value, which is honored for both domain- and non-domain-joined machines, when it´s the only configured URL.

If you disable or don´t configure this setting, your default Start pages are the webpages specified in App settings.

Detailed values:
Id: HomePagesPrompt
ValueName: ProvisionedHomePages


2) Policy name: Disable lockdown of Start pages

This policy setting lets you disable the lock down of Start pages, letting users modify the Start pages when the "Configure Start pages" setting is in effect.

Note: This setting only applies when you´re using the "Configure Start pages" setting.

Important: This setting can only be used with domain-joined or MDM-enrolled devices. For more info, see the Microsoft browser extension policy (aka.ms/browserpolicy).

If you enable this setting, you can't lock down any Start pages that are configured using the "Configure Start pages" setting, which means that users can modify them.

If you disable or don't configure this setting, users can't change any Start pages configured using the "Configure Start pages" setting. The Start pages will remain locked down.

Detailed values: 

  • Enabled Value: decimal: 1
  • Disabled Value: decimal: 0

Here is an example of what the registry policy key may look like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Internet Settings]

"DisableLockdownOfStartPages"=dword:00000001

"ProvisionedHomePages"="<http://www.website.com>"


NOTE:  After deploying your Start Page GPO "Configure Start pages" users are not able to edit the Start page setting. If you need to allow users to edit the predefined GPO home page setting, you can accomplish this by configuring both policies: "Configure Home pages" and "Disable lockdown of Start pages"


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