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Cameron_Bush
Contributor

I understand there may be reason higher up the corporate ladder for wanting the inclusion of the Microsoft News Feed permanently in one way or another but please add an option to completely remove the bar at the bottom of the new tab page. It's ugly and obtrusive and ultimately kind of ruins the idea of the 'Inspirational' or 'Focused' layout being what they are describing. The News Feed is the Number one reason for the people I know refusing the switch to Old Edge. It will cripple the initial adoption of New Edge when it eventually released to market. Untitled.png

 

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Thank you for the feedback @Cameron_Bush! I have sent it along to the owners of the new tab page.
Elliot
I like the new tab page except that it forces me to have a favorites bar at the top, even when I checked this to be off in settings for the browser itself. Can we have the option to have a new tab page without the favorites bar?

@SD777 The Favourites Bar can be removed in the Edge Dev branch and higher.

Settings > Appearance > Show favourites bar

Just turn that toggle off and voila, no favourites bar. 

Even checking that off the favorites bar still persists in the new tab windows, this is actually the same as it was in the old MS Edge and just was really annoying. 

 

I've never been thrilled with the new tab page and was hoping MS would revamp it.  Forced favorites bar, forced Bing search, you can't darken the page with extensions like Dark Reader, etc.  



 

Coudn't agree more, there should be an option to remove it.

Yup, @Cameron_Bush. I think that having more options to choose your experience is always better. Especially when it takes a bit of time to render that extra tid bit or the code that will be rendering those news articles when you scroll down. Every little bit adds the the time and responsiveness and it makes the experience better when everyone has a choice of what they want.

On the new tab page, select the three bars (top right) and go to Custom. From there you can remove the bits you don't want. Richard

@RichardUK There is no option to remove it, you can only put it behind a scroll. image.png

 

None of the often condescending ideas about improvement of Edge, or working around it are successful. I am FORCED to use Outlook by my college, or trust me I would not. If I open a link in Outlook, it FORCES Edge to open, where it inevitable fails. Microsoft - I OWN my computer, I paid for, I should have the ABSOLUTE RIGHT to remove ANY software I choose FOR ANY REASON.  I want Edge gone FOREVER. I don't understand why you can't grasp this concept. 

 

@JesseKnapp This is a techcommunity board for discussions on the new Edge Beta based on Chromium, not a place for you to vent....

Like it or not there are a lot of dependencies in the Current version of Windows that use either Edge or IE so you're in cloud cuckooland if you think there will be an option to completely remove it. 

Also out of all the applications could could have trash talked Outlooks is possibly the worst one to choose given the only viable alternative is Gmail and we all know how laggy that is and the fact Google Devs have permission to read your private emails. 

Honestly if you're going to be preaching anti MS stuff here expect to be the black sheep.

It sounds like you are venting about issues outside of Microsoft's control. 1) Forced to use Outlook by your college, that's an issue with your college. 2) Outlook forcing Edge, easy solution is to switch your default browser and that's what Outlook will use to open links. 3) Can't fully delete Edge since it's a system app, but you don't have to use it, switch your default browser.
Or auto hide it, or low scroll, that is to say be at the bottom with mouse curssor then scroll to see.

@Cameron_Bush 

Go to edge://flags/#use-edge-local-ntp and choose Enabled.  All fixed.

@Joe HoffmanNice, that works.  Now if we only had an option to remove the favorites bar from the new tab page and switch the search from Bing to whatever we like !

@SD777 

You can do those as well.

On the new tab page right click the fav bar to disable it.

You can also set the search engine in the settings under privacy and services>address bar>manages search engines.

@_shellprompt1515Neither of those work.  You can right click the favorites bar and uncheck it, but it still shows up on the new tab page.  Changing the search engine also does not affect the search engine on the new tab page which is always Bing. 

@SD777 

 

Whatever @_shellprompt1515 suggested you works fine. There are few things which you need to keep in mind:

 

In the Favorite bar context menu, if you select NEVER it will hide the favorite bar completely from browser and if you select ONLY ON NEW TAB, it will only show favorite bar when you open a new tab.

 

Now its your call how you want to manage the favorite bar.

 

You can also make use of CTRL + SHIFT + B keyboard combination to hide favorite bar quickly. 

 

Still, if you have doubt, check out this blog post for step by step instructions: 

https://geekermag.com/hide-show-favorite-bar-in-edge/

 

I hope you find this solution useful.

 

 

@vineydhiman

 

I must be on an older version, does this auto update or am I supposed to download new builds as they come out?  I'm on the weekly release (Version 74.1.96.24 (Official build) dev (64-bit) and it says I'm on the latest release.  In my setup I only get an option to allow or disallow favorites, there is no menu for Always/Never/Only on new tabs.  When on a new tab page and checking the favorites tab off the favorites tab actually shrinks a tiny bit, so it's changing something, but it persists.  Same with search, if I change it in settings it still stays as Bing in the new tab page.

 

I'm going to download a fresh browser to see if I just need to update.

Update, so I downloaded the latest Canary and can now remove favorites from the new tab bar, AWESOME!  But Bing search still persists even if I change search in settings to another provider.  Build seems to run more smoothly than the weekly build as well.  Still no bookmarks menu like the old Edge had, just the atrocious chromium one.

BTW for what it's worth, I actually like the News Feed.  I would only like 2 things.  1) The news content only takes up the center, with huge gutters on either side.  The feed needs to be stretched to either side to fully fill the browser screen.  2) Remove whatever code is blocking extensions like Dark Reader from darkening the webpage, that blinding bright white doesn't sit well with my sleeping wife.

@Joe Hoffman That doesn't completely solve the problem because while it gets rid of the feed nonsense it also locks it to focused mode with no option for insparational.  In addition to that a basic function like this should really be selectable normally and not require tinkering in the backend of the settings.  This needs fixing by Microsoft before the browser goes live if they want it to have any chance vs Chrome/Firefox.

 

NB: Writing this I noticed there's no spell checker working in Edge yet, that needs fixing too lol.

@Cameron_Bush I actually liked the Tabs at the Bottom of the New Tab Page quite a bit. They're gone now, and I would like an option to return them for those of us that were enjoying the feature.

@SD777 

 

I use an extension called New Tab Redirect that allows me to specify what page I want to display as my new tab page.  This might work for you.

 

Bill

There is flag for that: edge://flags/#use-edge-local-ntp just enable it

@Deleted I am aware. Someone else commented this work around 2 weeks ago. The request is for a toggle on the new tab page not how to do it in flags. That flag just tells Edge to request the offline version of the New Tab page which also knocks out other features at the same time like changing the layout type. The point is that end users will not like the News spotlight at the bottom of the page and it will turn users away just as badly as Old Edge did.

@Cameron_Bush Yeah I know that, I was just proposing a workaround till then

@Deleted Thanks, yeah I've seen some pretty nice new tab replacement extensions.  My fear is that they have access to all my browsing info, although I suppose I should be worried about MS having that info as well.  The reason I would like to stick with the MS new tab page is I  like the news feed, but through the forced Bing search and the bright white page I'm forced to ditch Microsoft completeley. 

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@Cameron_Bush Agree.  Should be a way for people to fully, 100% disable news suggestions.  No scroll, nothing - just a new tab page with top/recent sites visited.

@Cameron_Bush @RichardUK 

 

@Elliot Kirk 

This is the reason that I joined this channel - The first thing I did after downloading the MS insider Edge is to find the option to turn the News feed completely off, and to my disappointment, the option does NOT exist. I clicked on the toggle button, and I could only choose between "on scroll" and "always". ☹

To repeat, Bing.com will do, does do what you want. To have New tab page be the use the one from the Chrome store I recommended. When I not on my mobile :mobile_phone: and back at my machine I will get you the name, soon.  I have the set up you desire in use as we speak.  Give it a try.

It is Infinite Dashboard

Cheers,
Drew.

It really sucks that this design flaw was reported months ago and there is still no viable solution >.>

 

I know this is still an alpha but it's not exactly like this is a difficult thing to fix /sigh

Are there any new on this?

@Elliot Kirk although I agree with OP that users should have an option to remove the news feed completely under Custom, please let the new tab devs know at least one user is very satisfied. People usually only bother to post complaints, but I LOVE the Edge Dev new tab Inspirational layout. It's one of several key features that inspire me to keep Edge Dev as my default browser—even in it's unfinished state.

I never scroll down to look at the news feed because I prefer Microsoft News app and reddit, but the Personalized news button is discreet enough that it doesn't bother me. 


I don't know when or if the default New tab page will be all that people want or prefer.  And, sure, one can say it is sad to have to use an extension to have what one wants. Some want a feed, some don't, some want a blank page, heaps variations, some possible, some aren't, at least now right now. HOWEVER, if an extension is not viewed as something terrible, THIS will give or do all anyone would want and more (cool choices) they hadn't, even, imagined. I urge y'all to take time to look at it.  You might well like it.  I know I sure do!

Cheers,
Drew
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@Elliot Kirk Hi, I used to be able to disable the news feed by using

 

edge://flags/#use-edge-local-ntp

 

However, that flag is no longer available.  How do I disable the news feed now?

 

Thanks!

@vovchyk 

Ah, there's the $64,000 question... And it goes back to my recently 'daydreaming' here in the Forum (another thread) about Bing being used for the NTP.  Why?  Because, it does/can give or do what you want... and, even better than the NTP flag since, it's has full Bing functionality, including, different daily photo..  I use Bing for Start-up page as, it can be SO clean and powerful too, as a nice bonus.  Below you can compare, Bing on the left, default NTP on the right; you can see the red circled bit is not on the left.  The Feeds (and the Menu Bar) are/have been removed on the left.  It's the one similar place that allows removal of Feeds (& more).  But, sadly, cannot be used for NTP.  I have told the Team it should be & you should, also.

NoFeeds.jpg

In other words, without the NTP flag, there is no way, but, Bing does it.  Doesn't that just add to your frustration; I empathize.

Cheers,
Drew
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@Cameron_Bush 

Hi, 

Update, the option is now added:

 

Edge insider Version 79.0.287.0 (Official build) canary (64-bit)

 

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@vovchyk @IllusionMH @Mike Glenn @Cameron_Bush 

Hi there, if you use Edge insider Canary channel Version 79.0.287.0 (Official build) canary (64-bit),

chances are you can do it right now. give it a try! it will take more time before it is available to Dev channel.

 

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Works Great.

@KoshyG 

Except it is a Controlled Feature Roll-out.

Cheers,
Drew
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Doesn't matter. the feature is added by Microsoft (as the OP requested) and done anyway.
it was added more than 3 weeks ago, chances are everybody will have it very soon, if not already.
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