How to change Internet Options in Microsoft Edge

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
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  • Microsoft Edge works a bit differently than Internet Explorer, and therefore we’re going to show you how to change Internet Options in Microsoft Edge.
  • Keep in mind that some changes might not be applied to Microsoft Edge or any other third-party browser.
  • For the most part, Edge has its own settings, and they are completely separate from the general Internet settings.
  • For fine-tuning Edge, we suggest that you visit the advanced settings page in Edge.
Changing Internet Options in Microsoft Edge

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Windows 10 brought new changes, and one of the biggest ones was the introduction of a new browser.

Microsoft Edge works a bit differently than Internet Explorer, and therefore we’re going to show you how to change Internet Options in Microsoft Edge.

How can I change Internet Options in Microsoft Edge?

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top right corner and choose Settings from the
  2. When the Settings pane opens, the first option that you’ll see is Change my default button. This option allows you to quickly assign Microsoft Edge as the default browser on your PC.

Microsoft Edge is a successor to Internet Explorer, but unlike Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge is a Universal application, so it works a bit differently.

This makes changing Internet Options on Edge a bit different, but you should still be able to change them.

Most settings that you want to change are available in Internet Options and can be changed from Microsoft Edge.

Note: If Edge is already your default browser, then this option won’t be available to you.

Microsoft Edge appearance and startup options

A quick experience feature from the Appearance menu is that you can choose quickly between dark or light theme for Edge.

You can also change which pages will open the next time you start Edge. You can choose between a regular start page, an empty tab, or specific pages.

There’s also an option to open previous pages that were open during the last browsing session. This option is great because it allows you to quickly continue browsing where you left off.

The new tab page allows you to change how new tabs will look.

You can choose between 4 options, from a blank tab to a news infused one, or a custom setting where you can practically set your own combination of information.

This Informational option is great if you want to have the latest news quickly accessible.

How can I clear the cache on Microsoft Edge?

Just like all other browsers, Edge stores cache on your computer in order to save certain website settings.

In Edge, there’s an option available that allows you to clear certain parts of the cache. If you want, you can also enable the option to automatically clear the cache whenever you close the browser.

You can find the option by clicking on the Privacy and services option from the left-side menu, then clicking on the Choose what to clear button from the right.

Note: Another useful option is Send Do Not Track requests that will prevent tracking cookies from being downloaded.

How to sync your Edge data across all Microsoft devices?

Syncing is a big part of Windows 10, and Microsoft Edge allows you to sync your bookmarks and reading list easily, so you can enjoy your favorite websites on any Microsoft device.

It’s easy to enable syncing by clicking on the Profiles option from the left side menu, then clicking on the Sync option from the right.
You will find a self-explanatory menu with all the data that you can sync on all your Microsoft devices including passwords, settings, and favorites.

How can I change the download folder in Microsoft Edge?

You can set a new default download folder by clicking on the Downloads option from the left-side menu, then click on the Change button from the right.

In addition, you can enable the option to choose what to do with each download.

How can I customize my address bar and search engine in Edge?

  1. Click on Privacy and services from the left-side menu, then click on the Address bar option from the right.
  2. Click on the box to the right of the search engine option and select the one you prefer. Under this box, there is also an option to add another search engine if the one you’re looking for is not listed.

If you’re concerned about malicious websites and downloads, you can also turn on SmartScreen Filter option to protect you from malicious content.

As you can see from the screenshot below, Edge also has a Potentially Unwanted Apps (PUA) blocker that is activated by default.

How can I manage cookies in Microsoft Edge?

You can also manage cookies or block them, but by default, all cookies are allowed to be downloaded.

You can find all the settings under Site permissions, then click on Cookies and site data.

How can I open the Internet Options?

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter internet options.
  2. Select Internet Options from the list of results.

Internet Explorer and many other web browsers can be configured by changing Internet Options settings.

Although Internet Explorer uses all of these settings, other browsers, including Edge, don’t completely rely on Internet Options for configuration.

Before changing Internet Options configuration, keep in mind that some changes might not be applied to Microsoft Edge or any other third-party browser.

Once you open Internet Options, you’ll see a number of tabs available.

1. General tab

This option is in charge of startup settings, open tabs, and browsing history

In addition, you can change the appearance of the browser right from here. Most settings in this tab are related to Internet Explorer so they won’t affect Edge or other browsers in any way.


2. Security tab

Here is where you can change the security settings and create a list of trusted or blocked sites.

Although these settings affect Internet Explorer mostly, it’s possible to change few Microsoft Edge security settings from here.


3. Privacy tab

This option is for changing your cookies settings or turn on the ability to block pop-ups. This tab is mostly related to Internet Explorer, so it won’t affect Microsoft Edge.

Content tab

The option is in charge of certificates and autocomplete settings. Also, here you will find an option for Feeds and Web Slices. This tab is mostly unrelated to Edge, and it only affects Internet Explorer.


4. Connections tab

This tab is related to third-party browsers. It allows you to add VPN or use a proxy with your browser. Changes made from the Connections tab affect your entire system including other web browsers such as Microsoft Edge.


5. Programs tab

Here you will be able to change how you open links and it allows you to manage browser add-ons. These add-ons aren’t related to Edge extensions, and they only affect Internet Explorer.

From this tab, you can also choose a default HTML editor and other default programs, such as email client for example. These are system-wide settings, so they will affect Microsoft Edge and other browsers.

6. Advanced tab

This option allows you to change all sorts of hidden settings for your browser.

The list of options mostly affects Internet Explorer, but you can also change few Advanced Edge settings.


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If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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