How to Disable the News Feed in Microsoft Edge (Updated for Chromium Edge)

Update: The original steps mentioned in this post do not work for the new version of Microsoft Edge, with looks and works a lot like Google Chrome. If you already have the new version of Edge, follow the steps highlighted below.

Open Edge, and on the “new tab” page click ⚙ > Content. ⚙ icon is near the top right corner of the page.

Select “Content off” to disable the news feed. You can also disable promoted links, greetings, tips, background, and more in this pop-up window.

Update Mar 11, 2021: Some readers have mentioned that the above option is just not visible on their screen. If that’s the case for your PC, go to Windows Start > Settings > Display, and change the “Scale and layout” setting to 100%. This will make the items on your screen smaller and bring the above list into full view. You can revert back to the original scale after turning off the news feed.

If the scale is already set to 100%, try one of the below options that’s feasible for you:

  • maximize the Edge window
  • set a higher screen resolution in Windows settings
  • use the Tab and arrow keys on your keyboard to select the option.

Original post:

Edge is the much hyped new browser in Windows 10, and one of its new features is a personalized start page that shows you local weather and personalized news. While many may find it useful, others (like me) will find the cluttered look off-putting.

Turning off the news feed from the start page is currently not possible, but you can get rid of it with a simple tweak. Go to Settings, and change the Open with option to New tab page. New tab pages don’t show the news feed by default, so this setting will hide the clutter on browser launch.

If you want to go the other way, and show the news feed on every tab, open up Settings and change Open new tabs with to Top sites and suggested content.

How do you like Edge? Let us know in the comments!

comments (add yours)

  1. This is totally confusing – new browser, old browser – instructions that if followed step by step don’t work.

    Microsoft is an abomination foisting these things on us and causing frustration with no easy and simple way to turn them off. Why not one mouse click and “turn off feed” ? Because they dont want you to easily turn their crap off that’s why.

  2. Many thanks, I was getting angrier every day with the lies by UK press being shown on the MSN news feed. Getting rid of it has made my day.

  3. I do not know why I have to put up with Edge. I would like to turn OFF anyone who snoops on my computer.

  4. Following an overnight windows update, I suddenly have a weather forecast pinned to my taskbar. I opened it to discover my Microsoft Edge feed page. I had no idea what this ugly, noisy, intrusive page was. I opened my settings seeking to uninstall the app but of course, the ‘uninstall’ button is a blank. So I used this web page to turn the content off – many thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions. However, the weather summary is still clogging my task bar. I have never used ms edge, I do not want to use it and it infuriates me that ms are trying to force it on me. Like someone putting milk in your coffee when you only drink it black.
    I do not want this imposter on my taskbar, desktop or in my life. Any tips?
    Thanks, Katharine


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