Microsoft Edge browser comes without any home button which could be disappointing to many old Windows users as they are familiar with a home button in the Microsoft’s other web browser namely Internet Explorer. Many other third party browsers also offer a home button somewhere in the user interface.
One of the benefits of having a home button is that you can quickly switch back to a website or URL just by clicking on the home button. And if you have set a search engine like DuckDuckGo as your homepage, then you can quickly go to the search page in seconds by hitting the home button.
In the new Microsoft Edge web browser (based on Chromium), this home button is not enabled by default and must be enabled manually by the user through the settings. Here is how it is done:
- Launch Microsoft Edge web browser, click on the menu icon and select Settings from the browser menu.
- On the settings screen, select Appearance category from the left side.
- Under the appearance category, enable the setting labeled as Show home button.
- As soon as you enable the home button, it will show further options for the home button – whether you want to use new tab page for the home page, or you want to specify a particular website or URL for the home page. You can use special pages like about:blank for home page if you want to.
Once you have enabled this home button in the Edge web browser, there are two ways using which you can open the home page. One obvious way is by clicking on the home button displayed in the Edge browser’s toolbar and another way is through the use of the hotkey associated with this home button which is Alt+Home and cannot be changed.