Set MS Edge Home/Startup/New Tab Page using Intune

In my previous blog post, I showed how you can set Microsoft Edge browser as your default browser on Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices using Microsoft Intune. This post is about configuring Home page, Startup Page, and New tab page in the Microsoft Edge browser using Intune admin center.

We can create a Device configuration profile to configure these for Edge browser, Let’s check the steps:

Create Device Configuration Profile

To create a Device configuration profile, follow below steps:

  • Login on Microsoft Intune Admin Center
  • Click on Devices -> Configuration Profiles
  • Click on + Create Profile
  • Select Platform as Windows 10 and later
  • Select Profile type as Templates
  • Select Template Name as Administrative Templates

Basics Tab

Provide a Name and Description of the Policy.

  • Name: Microsoft Edge HomePage, StartupPage, and NewTab Page
  • Description: This policy will set Microsoft Edge HomePage, StartupPage, and NewTab Page
Create a new Device configuration profile for Edge browser settings configuration
Create a new Device configuration profile for Edge browser settings configuration

Configuration Tab

From the Configuration settings, Click on Microsoft Edge folder –> Startup, home page and new tab page folder. Click on it to open the folder that contains Microsoft Edge browser settings you can configure.

Edge configuration settings folder on Intune admin center
Edge configuration settings folder on Intune admin center

We will enable and configure below four settings in the policy:

  • Action to take on startup
  • Configure the new tab page URL
  • Set the new tab page as the home page
  • Sites to open when the browser starts

Action to take on startup

Enable this policy and Set it to Open a List of URLs. Whenever Microsoft Edge opens, a list of URLs / Websites specified under the setting Sites to open when the browser starts will automatically open. You can also specify just one URL / website as well.

Action to take on startup
Action to take on startup

Configure the new tab page URL

Set it to Enabled and Provide New tab page URL. You can set this to any website you want. When you click on New Tab in Microsoft Edge, a website set here will automatically open.

Configure the new tab page URL
Configure the new tab page URL

Set the New tab page as the home page

Enable this option. It will set new tab page as your homepage. When you click the Home Button in Microsoft Edge, it will use the new tab page. Please keep in mind that clicking on the home page setting will not open a new tab. We’ll explore the user experience of clicking the home page in the later section of this blog post.

Set the new tab page as the home page
Set the new tab page as the home page

Sites to open when the browser starts

Enable this option and define the sites you want to open when the browser starts. You can input one or multiple website URLs in the list by entering them in the text boxes. In my example, I’ve included a single website, https://cloudinfra.net, which I want to open whenever I launch Microsoft Edge Browser.

Sites to open when the browser starts
Sites to open when the browser starts

In total, there are four settings configured which should complete what we need for this task.

  • We have set up our Home Page as new Tab Page.
  • We’ve configured the New Tab URL to be the same as the Home Page URL since we want the home page to open the new tab page. However, if you prefer to set a different website for the home page, you can disable the “Set the new tab page as the home page” option and enable the “Configure the home page URL” setting. For now, we’re keeping the home page redirection to the new tab page URL.
  • We have set up “Action to take on startup” -> We are configuring Microsoft Edge to open a list of URLs.
  • We have set up “Sites to open when the browser starts” –> Configure the list of Sites that you want to open whenever Microsoft Edge is launched.
Set Microsoft Edge Home Page, Startup Page and New Tab Page using Microsoft Intune
Microsoft Edge Home Page, New Tab Page, Startup Sites configuration on Intune admin center

Assignments Tab

Click on Add group to add an Azure AD group containing users or devices. You can also click on Add all users or Add all devices.

Review + Create Tab

Review the policy and then click on Create.

Sync Intune Policies

The device check-in process might not begin immediately. If you’re testing this policy on a test device, you can manually kickstart Intune sync either from the device itself or remotely through the Intune admin center.

Alternatively, you can use PowerShell to force the Intune sync on Windows devices. Another way to trigger the Intune device check-in process is by restarting the device.

End User Experience

Verify Edge Policies using Edge browser settings

Let’s verify if the policy settings we configured are now visible in the Microsoft Edge browser. As shown in the screenshot below, HomepageIsNewTabPage, NewTabPageLocation, RestoreOnStartup, and RestoreOnStartup are set to the values we configured through the Intune Device Configuration profile.

Open the Microsoft Edge browser and type edge://policy in the address bar to see all the policies applied.

Verify Edge Policies using Edge browser settings
Verify Edge Policies using Edge browser settings

Launch Edge to check the Startup sites

After the policy refresh on the device was completed, I launched the Microsoft Edge browser on the target device, and the website https://cloudinfra.net opened as configured in the “Sites to open when the browser starts” setting.

Launch Edge to check the Startup sites
Launch Edge to check the Startup sites

Test Home Page and New Tab in Edge Browser

Both the Home Page and the New Tab Page open the https://bbc.co.uk website, as configured in the “Configure the new tab page URL” setting.

Test Home Page and New Tab in Edge Browser
Test Home Page and New Tab in Edge Browser

Use Event Viewer to Confirm Edge Settings Deployment

You can also check via Event Viewer to confirm if Microsoft Edge browser settings are deployed to target devices. Please follow below steps to check:

  • Go to Start -> Search for Event Viewer and click on it to Launch Event Viewer MMC.
  • Expand Application and Services logs -> Microsoft -> Windows.
  • Find DeviceManagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider folder.
  • Click on Admin and Filter the logs using Event ID 814 to find the deployment log.
Use Event Viewer to Confirm Edge Settings Deployment
Use Event Viewer to Confirm Edge Settings Deployment

Use Registry to Confirm Edge Settings Deployment

You can also check the registry editor to confirm if Edge settings are successfully deployed. Please follow below steps to check:

  • Go to Start -> Type Regedit and click on Registry Editor.
  • Find the Registry Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\Providers\7CCD9C30-BFE5-4CE3-97C8-FC5E16474D01\default\Device\microsoft_edge~Policy~microsoft_edge~Startup
  • On Right-hand Side, you can check all the Registry entries configured related to Microsoft Edge
Use Registry to Confirm Edge Settings Deployment
Use Registry to Confirm Edge Settings Deployment

Conclusion

In this blog post, we explored how to configure the HomePage, Startup Page, and New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge, offering various settings available through the Microsoft Intune Admin Center.

Particularly valuable in large organizations with intranet portals, setting the startup page can significantly improve user efficiency by launching with the desired page.

When assigning this policy, it’s wise to create an Azure AD security group, add a few users to it, and then apply the policy to this group for initial testing before full-scale deployment to the entire organization.

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