Would you like to learn how to use a group policy to configure the Microsoft Edge startup page? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a group policy to configure pages that should open automatically when the Microsoft Edge browser starts.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 7
• Microsoft Edge for business 89

Equipment list

The following section presents the list of equipment used to create this tutorial.

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Tutorial GPO - Microsoft Edge home page

On the domain controller, download the latest version of the Microsoft Edge template.

GPO - Microsoft Edge policy template



In our example, all files were placed on the root of a directory named DOWNLOADS.

GPO - Microsoft Edge template

Access the directory named WINDOWS and copy the ADMX files to the Policy definitions directory.

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Access the correct language subdirectory.

Copy the ADML files to the correct language directory inside the Policy definitions.

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On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the User configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Here are the Microsoft Edge configuration options.

GPO - Microsoft Edge

Access the folder named Startup, home page and new tab page.

Edit the configuration item named Action to take on startup.

GPO - Edge configuration

Enable this configuration and select the option to open a list of URLs.

Microsoft Edge GPO

Edit the configuration item named Sites to open when the browser starts.

Enable this configuration and enter a list of URLs.

Microsoft Edge configuration via GPO

Enable the configuration item named Show Home button on the toolbar.

GPO Microsoft Edge - Enable the Home button

Edit the configuration item named Configure the home page URL.

Enable this configuration and enter a URL.

GPO Microsoft Edge - Home page configuration

To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

Congratulations! You have finished the GPO creation.

Tutorial GPO - Microsoft Edge

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

Windows-2012-Applocker application

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to the root of the domain.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

Here is the Microsoft Edge configuration screen, after our configuration.

GPO - Microsoft Edge Startup page

In our example, we used a GPO to configure the Microsoft Edge default homepage.