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Remove the Edge tab button from Internet Explorer

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Microsoft seems to have decided to phase out Internet Explorer, and replace it with Microsoft Edge. This has resulted in an option to open new tabs in Edge, rather than Internet Explorer, presumably on the assumption that if people just spend more time with Edge, they will find that it is the better option. Regardless of how you feel about that – or about Microsofts offerings in the browser market in general, for that matter – the button can be annoying to users who, for one reason or another, find themselves using Internet Explorer be it through company policy, or by their own choosing.

Happily, though the addition of the Edge button might seem pretty annoying and obnoxious, there is a setting to remove it again. Here’s how you go about doing that:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Go to Tools -> Internet Options
  3. Go to the Advanced tab
  4. Scroll down to the Browsing section
  5. Uncheck the setting Hide the button (next to the New Tab button) that opens Microsoft Edge
  6. Close and re-open Internet Explorer

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