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Clive Hartland09/04/2022 13:51:09
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I am fed up to the teeth with Microsoft Edge, my preference is Chrome.

Edge is now overiding everything when I want to search for things, it is much slower than Chrome.

Can I delete Edge?

Martin Connelly09/04/2022 15:26:36
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There is a setting for default browser in both Chrome and Edge. You should be able to go to settings in Chrome and select default browser to set it to Chrome.

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Paul L09/04/2022 15:33:12
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You can also specify which search engine should be used.

John Haine09/04/2022 17:05:07
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Open Chrome, and look for a vertical row of 3 dots at the top right. Click on these and select Settings from the drop-down. Now at the left under the Settings title 6 items down is Default Browser. Clock on that and follow the instructions.

Peter Cook 609/04/2022 17:13:32
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If you use Edge as the browser, you can set Google as the default search engine. But having done so you need to search from the bar at the top, not use the search bar in the centre of the New Tab screen. That defaults to Bing (Microsoft's search engine) and I have not found any way of turning off that behaviour.

Martin Connelly09/04/2022 17:53:19
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Peter, you can set the new screen page to anything you want. So you can set the Google page as the new tab starting page if you want.

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Peter Cook 609/04/2022 18:15:28
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Thanks Martin - I know I can, but it's then more complex to keep the main dozen websites I frequent as shortcuts on the new tab page. To get here for example I currently click new tab, and then the shortcut to this site, Ditto BBC News and BBC sport. Two clicks to the places I go most often.

I have habituated myself to always search in the top bar - it's just annoying that the search on a new tab page cannot be changed.

MichaelR09/04/2022 18:40:45
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Posted by Peter Cook 6 on 09/04/2022 18:15:28:

Thanks Martin - I know I can, but it's then more complex to keep the main dozen websites I frequent as shortcuts on the new tab page. To get here for example I currently click new tab, and then the shortcut to this site, Ditto BBC News and BBC sport. Two clicks to the places I go most often.

I have habituated myself to always search in the top bar - it's just annoying that the search on a new tab page cannot be changed.

You can add your favourite web sites to Collections or the Favourite bar, in favourite bar one click brings up the web site, collections it's two clicks.

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Frances IoM09/04/2022 18:56:37
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it is trivially easy to set up your own home page consisting of a list of favourite sites.
Peter Greene 🇨🇦09/04/2022 19:26:23
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Posted by Peter Cook 6 on 09/04/2022 18:15:28:

To get here for example I currently click new tab, and then the shortcut to this site, Ditto BBC News and BBC sport. Two clicks to the places I go most often.

Can't you just centre-click the shortcut (to open it in a new tab) and do it in one?

Peter G. Shaw09/04/2022 20:52:48
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Edited By Peter G. Shaw on 09/04/2022 20:55:08

Peter G. Shaw09/04/2022 20:54:24
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I have never used "home page". Instead, I use blank, and all the sites I may wish to view are listed under Bookmarks. Yes, it means that I may have two or theee extra clicks, but for me, the convenience of avoiding whatever the home page is set to, and having to wait, ok maybe microseconds, until it has loaded before selecting the page I really want far outways whatever benefit the homepage gives.

Peter G. Shaw

p.s. I'm on Linux and use Firefox.

Frances IoM09/04/2022 21:06:20
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my suggestion comprises just a small file named eg my.html which contains maybe a dozen lines of code - catch is you can't easily give html code on this site
= you can set your browsers home page (in preferences) to this file - such simple HTML code is or was given in simple introductions to designing websites before every one was started to use some commercial page writing system. But setting about:blank as home page and then using favourites works almost as well ust 2 clicks rather than 1

Edited By Frances IoM on 09/04/2022 21:07:19

Peter Greene 🇨🇦09/04/2022 23:24:41
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Posted by Peter G. Shaw on 09/04/2022 20:54:24:

I have never used "home page". Instead, I use blank,

I use a local Home-Page file, created in Word, which is a schedule of all my upcoming medical etc appointments. I keep it updated and I highlight in red imminent appointments. It's been very, very handy.

(My use of a local Home page of some kind dates back to the early days when sites could take a long time to open and could hang the browsers of the day - no tabbed browsing - until they timed out).

I have folders of bookmarks on the toolbar for various categories (plus a few direct bookmarks for often-used sites).

Nick Clarke 310/04/2022 11:36:16
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My personal observations on several machines -

If Edge is present on your machine, even if not in use it will update from time to time (often around the second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month) sometimes with a Windows update, sometimes not. This will often reset some preferences like search engine choice.

All very loose and woolly I'm afraid because it does not happen every time.

SillyOldDuffer10/04/2022 12:00:44
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Posted by Nick Clarke 3 on 10/04/2022 11:36:16:

My personal observations on several machines -

If Edge is present on your machine, even if not in use it will update from time to time (often around the second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month) sometimes with a Windows update, sometimes not. This will often reset some preferences like search engine choice.

All very loose and woolly I'm afraid because it does not happen every time.

Other software bundled with Windows does it too, but Edge is probably the most obvious after Cortana proved unpopular.

Microsoft push users back to Edge after an upgrade by reinstating it as the default browser. Other user choices, including some tightening up privacy are also reset, so the user has to manually restore order, assuming he knows what's changed. Upgrades consider user settings to be mere details, and don't ask permission before changing them!

Microsoft believes that Edge, Microsoft Accounts, and sharing private information with Microsoft is the only proper way of doing business. Consequently, users who prefer alternatives are subtly herded back to the true faith!

I wish Microsoft wouldn't do this. I have good reasons for preferring Firefox to Edge, just as others prefer Chrome. Microsoft overriding my configuration is at least anti-social, and might be illegal or unlawful.

Dave

Frances IoM10/04/2022 12:04:06
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you don't own the software on your machine - the licence allowing it gives M/S permission to do everything including allow/disallow programs to run.
Circlip10/04/2022 12:08:51
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Don't matter what you use, it's still a darned site quicker that getting off yer butt and going to the local library, IF there's still one open in your locality.

Regards Ian.

old mart10/04/2022 18:35:00
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On this pc, I have both Firefox and edge, Firefox being set to "default" and on another pc, the "default" is set the other way round. Chrome should work just as well, there should not be a reason to uninstall the one you don't use, it can be useful if there is a glitch in one, having a backup. Every time I start up the non default browser, it asks to be made default and I simply ignor that whether from edge or Firefox.

Edited By old mart on 10/04/2022 18:38:15

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