How to Remove Microsoft Edge

Set another browser as your default

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:

  1. Open the Start menu.

    The Start button in Windows 10
  2. Select the Settings icon.

    The Windows 10 Start menu with Settings highlighted
  3. Choose Apps.

    Windows 10 settings with the Apps section highlighted
  4. Go to Default apps.

    The Apps screen in Windows 10 with the Default Apps heading highlighted
  5. Select the browser listed under Web browser.

    Default Apps in Windows 10 with the Web Browser heading highlighted
  6. In the Choose an app list, choose the desired default browser.

    Default Web Browser options in Windows 10 with the Choose an App window highlighted
  7. 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.

A Windows 10 desktop with the Unpin from Taskbar command highlighted

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.

  1. Type the name of your preferred browser in the search window on the taskbar.

  2. Right-click your preferred browser in the results.

  3. Select Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start (as desired).

    Windows 10 with the Pin to Start and Pin to Taskbar commands highlighted