How to Remove Microsoft Edge

Businessman at desktop computer
Hero Images / Getty Images

The Microsoft Edge browser is set as the default web browser in Windows 10. There is no way to uninstall it.

However, you can banish it from your web browsing experience. If you'd prefer, you can restore to Internet Explorer 11 (or another preferred browser), even disabling Edge altogether.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

Choose a New Browser

A screen shot of Opera installing.

Luckily, you aren't stuck with Edge because there are many popular web browsers to choose from: Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, and Opera's, well, Opera. If you want to use one of these browsers and it’s not already installed on your computer, you’ll need to download it yourself.

Good news if you like Internet Explorer — it’s already on your Windows 10 computer and you don’t need to do anything else (just skip to section 2). Assuming your default browser is set to Microsoft Edge, to obtain your desired web browser from Edge if you don’t yet have it on your PC:

  1. Select the link above that corresponds to the browser you’d like to install.
  2. Select the Download or Download Now button.
  3. Locate the link to the download in the bottom left corner of the Edge browser, select it, and choose Open.
  4. When prompted, accept any Terms of Service, and select the option to install.
  5. Choose Yes if prompted to approve the installation.

Set Any Browser as the Default

Screenshot of Web Browser options in Default Apps

The default web browser is the one that opens when you click a link in an email, document, web page, and so on. By default, that’s Microsoft Edge. If you prefer another browser, you need to manually set that browser as the default in the Settings app.

To set a browser as the default in Windows 10, including restoring to Internet Explorer 11:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Apps.
  2. Choose Default Apps. (This might already be open if you just downloaded a new web browser.)
  3. Select whatever is listed under Web Browser.
  4. In the resulting list, choose the desired default browser.
  5. Select the X in the top right corner to close the Settings window.

Remove the Edge Icon From the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop

A screenshot of the option to unpin the Edge icon from the Start menu.

To remove the Microsoft Edge icon from the Taskbar:

  1. Right-click the Microsoft Edge icon.
  2. Select Unpin From Taskbar.

There is also an entry for Edge in the left pane of the Start menu. You can’t remove that one. However, 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:

  1. Select Start.
  2. Right-click the Edge icon and choose Unpin from Start.

If there’s an icon for Edge on the Desktop, to remove it:

  1. Right-click the Edge icon.
  2. Select Delete.

Add an Icon to the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop

Screenshot showing how to add an icon for IE to Start or the Taskbar.

Finally, you can opt to add an icon for the browser you prefer to the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop. This makes it easier to access when you need it.

To add Internet Explorer to the Taskbar or to the Start menu:

Adding any other browser is the same.

  1. Type "Internet Explorer" in the Search Window on the Taskbar.
  2. Right-click Internet Explorer in the results.
  3. Select Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start (as desired).

To add an icon to the Desktop:

  1. Use the steps above to pin the desired icon to the Start menu.
  2. Select the icon on the Start menu and drag it to the Desktop.
  3. Drop it there.