How to Uninstall or Remove Microsoft Edge

Lose Edge and set a new default browser

A screen shot of the Windows 10 Start menu with four web browsers available.
Get rid of Edge and choose a new web browser. Joli Ballew

The Microsoft Edge browser is set as the default web browser in Windows 10 and there’s no way to uninstall it. However, just because there's no uninstall option doesn't mean you can't make it seem as though it never existed. While you're at it, you can restore to Internet Explorer 11 (or some other browser) if you want, completely disabling Edge altogether.

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Choose a New Browser

A screen shot of Opera installing.
Install a new web browser (optional). Joli Ballew

Luckily, you aren't stuck with Edge because there are many popular web browsers to choose from. Google makes Chrome; Mozilla makes Firefox. Opera makes, well Opera. If you want to use one of these browsers and it’s not already installed on your computer, you’ll need to click the applicable link here to get it. And 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).

Because you’re reading this article, we’ll assume your default browser is set to Microsoft Edge. So, to obtain your desired web browser from Edge if you don’t yet have it on your PC:

  1. Click the link above that corresponds to the browser you’d like to install.
  2. Click the Download or Download Now button.
  3. Locate the link to the download in the bottom left corner of the Edge browser and click it. (Click Open if that appears.)
  4. When prompted, accept any Terms of Service, and click the option to install.
  5. Click Yes if prompted to approve the installation.
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Set Any Browser as the Default

A screen shot showing the Settings window with Web Browser selected and options on the right.
Set your favorite browser as the default. Joli Ballew

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. Click Start > Settings > Apps. Then click Default Apps. (This might already be open if you just downloaded a new web browser.)
  2. Click whatever is listed under Web Browser. It might be Microsoft Edge.
  3. In the resulting list, click the desired default browser.
  4. Click the X in the top right corner to close the Settings window.
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Remove the Edge Icon from the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop

A screen shot of the option to unpin the Edge icon from the Start menu.
Remove Edge from the Start menu. Joli Ballew

To remove the Microsoft Edge icon from the Taskbar:

  1. Right-click the Microsoft Edge icon.
  2. Click 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. Click Start.
  2. Right-click the Edge icon and click Unpin from Start.

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

  1. Right-click the Edge icon.
  2. Click Delete.
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Add an Icon to the Taskbar, Start Menu, or Desktop

A screen shot showing how to add an icon for IE to Start or the Taskbar.
Right-click to add to Start or the Taskbar. Joli Ballew

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. Click 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. Left-click the icon on the Start menu and drag it to the Desktop.
  3. Drop it there