There’s no doubt that the new Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) is a browser for the future and it will slowly and gradually overtake Google Chrome, Firefox, and some others. When you are using a new Microsoft Edge browser on your Windows 10/11 PC, you may often feel the urge to change the background of your browser when a new tab page is opened. So, in this guide, you’ll learn how to change the background on Microsoft Edge Chromium.
Meanwhile, the reason that I said on Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev is that there are 3 Microsoft Edge Insider Channels: Beta Channel, Dev Channel, and Canary Channel, and changing the background image on the new tab is only available for Insiders having the latest Dev or Canary builds of Microsoft Edge and as of now, you can’t change the background on the stable version of Microsoft Edge ( Beta Channel) on Windows 10.
- Beta Channel: the Beta Channel is the most stable Microsoft Edge preview experience. With major updates every 6 weeks, each release incorporates learning and improvements from our Dev and Canary Builds.
- Dev Channel: our Dev Builds are the best representation of our improvement in the past week. They have been tested by the Microsoft Edge team, and are generally more stable than Canary.
- Canary Channel: want to see what we were working on yesterday? Canary will be released automatically almost every night to keep you up to date on our progress.
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Microsoft Edge is a Windows-designed web browser. It was launched first in 2015 for Windows 10 and Xbox One, then in 2017 for Android and iOS, and in 2019 for macOS. Microsoft Edge is a fast, secure web browser that gives you a continuous browsing experience from your Android phone to your Windows 10 device. The secure web browser lets you search the web, block ads, and view pages with a read view. Personalize your favorite browsing experience, and reading lists, and save passwords to get the best browsing experience you like.
Furthermore, The New Tab page in Microsoft Edge Chromium-based includes three pre-configured layouts on PC and mobile apps which come with a set of elements visible or hidden on the screen.
The layouts are:
Also, a Custom option allows enabling and disabling individual New Tab Page elements like quick links, an image of the day, and configured news feeds (My Feed). If you’re using Dev Channel or Canary then you can add a custom background image as well.
How to Change Background on Microsoft Edge
One of the most important improvements happened in Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based). Finally, the browser allows you to add the custom background image to the context of the New Tab Page, replacing the Bing Picture of the Day.
Step 1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your PC. Open a new tab by pressing “Ctrl + T.”
Step 2. Click the Settings or Gear icon.
Step 3. Click on Edit background next to the Background option.
Step 4. Toggle on Background.
Step 5. Click Upload image or choose any background from the preloaded images. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll select Upload image.
Step 6. Select your desired background image and Click Open.
Step 7. Select your recently added background and click Apply.
Step 8. Click the X button.
Finally, you’ve successfully changed the Microsoft Edge background.
To replace the custom background image, click on Remove, and upload a new image of your choice.
That’s it. This is how you can change the background on Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) on Windows 10 and Windows 11. As of now, you can only select a custom image on Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev channels.