Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Remove Microsoft Edge Set another browser as your default by Joli Ballew Writer Joli Ballew is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and Microsoft MVP, Lynda.com trainer, Microsoft Press author, and college professor. our editorial process Joli Ballew Updated on July 09, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email Microsoft Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10, communicating and integrating well with Windows. There's no way to remove Edge. If you prefer to surf the web using Chrome, Safari, or another web browser, it's possible to disable Edge and set another browser as the default. Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10 PCs. Set a New Browser as Your Default Decide which browser you want to set as your default instead of Microsoft Edge, for example, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera. If you don't have this browser, download and install it before proceeding. To set a browser as the default in Windows 10: Open the Start menu. Select the Settings icon. Choose Apps. Go to Default apps. Select the browser listed under Web browser. In the Choose an app list, choose the desired default browser. Close the Settings window. Remove the Edge Icon From the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop To remove the Microsoft Edge icon from the taskbar, right-click the Microsoft Edge icon and select Unpin From Taskbar. There's an Edge icon in the left pane of the Start menu. While you can't remove this icon, you can remove the Edge icon from the Start menu's group of icons, if one exists. These are set off to the right. If you see an icon for Edge there, select Start, right-click the Edge icon, then choose Unpin from Start. If there's an icon for Edge on the desktop that you want to remove, right-click it and select Delete. Add an Icon to the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop For easier access, add your preferred browser's icon to the taskbar, Start menu, or desktop. Type the name of your preferred browser in the search window on the taskbar. Right-click your preferred browser in the results. Select Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start (as desired).