An overview of all internal Microsoft Edge URLs

All web browsers come with a set of internal URLs or addresses that users may open; these internal pages provide additional information, may be used to configure certain browser settings, for management purposes, or for other things.

The new Microsoft Edge comes with its own set of internal URLs; since it is based on Chromium, it should not come as a surprise that the majority resembles those of the Chromium core and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome, Vivaldi, or Opera.

Most browser makers change the protocol of internal pages and Edge is not different from those. You access internal pages with edge:// followed by a resource. One of the most convenient is edge://edge-urls/ as it displays a list of all resources that are available currently in the browser. While that is handy, the page lists links only and it is sometimes difficult to find out more about a page just by looking at the address.

Internal Microsoft Edge URLs

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The following resources are available in Microsoft Stable. Development versions of the browser may include additional resources.

  • edge://about — Same as edge://edge-urls/
  • edge://accessibility — Inspect the representation of accessibility in Edge and modify accessibility modes.
  • edge://appcache-internals — Lists information about the application cache (that sites may use).
  • edge://application-guard-internals — returns the status of the Windows-specific Application Guard feature, host information, a log, and utilities to check URL trust, Ping, and more.
  • edge://apps — Lists all applications installed in Microsoft EDge.
  • edge://autofill-internals –Lists captured autofill logs.
  • edge://blob-internals — Lists blob data if available.
  • edge://bluetooth-internals — Provides information on Bluetooth connectivity including available adapters, devices, and debug logs.
  • edge://compat — Compatibility hub that lists Enterprise Mode Site List entries, User agent overrides, CDM overrides, and the status of Internet Explorer mode (including diagnostics).
  • edge://components — Installed plugins and components. The Adobe Flash Player version is listed here if installed, as is the Widevine Content Decryption Module, Trust Protection Lists, and other components.
  • edge://conflicts — The page lists all modules loaded in the browser and rendered processes, and modules registered to load at a later point in time.
  • edge://crashes — Lists all recently reported crashes. Includes option to clear the listing.
  • edge://credits — Lists credits for various components and features that Edge uses.
  • edge://data-viewer — Linked to diagnostic data.
  • edge://device-log — Provides device information, e.g. events of Bluetooth or USB devices.
  • edge://discards — Tabs may be discarded by the browser, e.g. to free up memory. The page lists those tabs and related information.
  • edge://download-internals — Displays the download status, and provides options to start a download.
  • edge://downloads — Opens the internal downloads management page listing all downloads of Edge.
  • edge://edge-urls — Lists all internal URLs.
  • edge://extensions — Lists all installed extensions and their status.
  • edge://favorites — Lists all bookmarks.
  • edge://flags — Opens a page full of experimental features that may be managed from that page.
  • edge://gpu — Provides detailed information about the capabilities of the graphics adapter as well as driver bug workarounds and potential problems.
  • edge://help — Displays the current version of Microsoft Edge and runs a check for updates.
  • edge://histograms — Stats accumulated from browser startup to previous page load.
  • edge://history — Opens the browsing history.
  • edge://indexeddb-internals  — Information about the use of IndexedDB by sites.
  • edge://inspect — Configure port forwarding for USB devices and configure network targets.
  • edge://interstitials — The page displays various interstitial pages that EDge displays, e.g. when it detects a captive portal, on SSL errors, or when you are encountering lookalike URLs.
  • edge://interventions-internals — Lists the intervention status, flags, logs, and other information.
  • edge://invalidations — Lists invalidations debug information
  • edge://local-state — JSON data that lists browser features and policies, and their status.
  • edge://management — Page is only active if Edge is managed by a company or organization.
  • edge://media-engagement — Lists media engagement values, and displays sessions.
  • edge://media-internals — Provides media information.
  • edge://nacl — Displays NaCl (Native Client) information.
  • edge://net-export — Option to capture a network log.
  • edge://net-internals — Removed.
  • edge://network-error — Removed.
  • edge://network-errors — Lists all available network errors that Edge may throw
  • edge://new-tab-page — Opens a blank New Tab page.
  • edge://newtab — Opens Edge’s default New Tab page.
  • edge://ntp-tiles-internals — Provides information on New Tab Page data, e.g. whether Top Sites is enabled, the list of sites, and more.
  • edge://omnibox — Displays address bar input results on the page.
  • edge://password-manager-internals — Provides internal information on the password manager in Edge.
  • edge://policy — Lists policies that are set in Microsoft Edge. Option to export to JSON.
  • edge://predictors — Lists auto-complete and resource prefetch predictors.
  • edge://prefs-internals — JSON data listing preferences and their status.
  • edge://print — Print Preview page.
  • edge://process-internals — Information about site isolation mode and the sites that are isolated.
  • edge://push-internals — Push Messaging debug snapshot.
  • edge://quota-internals — Disk quota information including available free disk space for the profile directory.
  • edge://sandbox — Detailed sandbox status for Edge processes.
  • edge://serviceworker-internals — Service Worker information.
  • edge://settings — Opens the main Settings page of the browser.
  • edge://signin-internals — Details about the sign-in status, refresh tokens, email addresses and more.
  • edge://site-engagement — Site engagement scores for every visited site.
  • edge://supervised-user-internals — Removed.
  • edge://sync-internals — Provides lots of information about synchronization in Edge.
  • edge://system — System information, e.g. Edge and Windows version, whether enrolled to domain, and more.
  • edge://terms — License Terms.
  • edge://tracing — Record, load, and save trace data.
  • edge://translate-internals — Provides information on the built-in translation functionality.
  • edge://usb-internals — Option to test USB devices and a devices list.
  • edge://user-actions — Lists user actions.
  • edge://version — Edge version information including command line parameters and variations (experiments).
  • edge://webrtc-internals — create WebRTC dumps.
  • edge://webrtc-logs — Lists of recently captured WebRTC text and event logs.

For Debug

The following pages are for debugging purposes only. Because they crash or hang the renderer, they’re not linked directly; you can type them into the address bar if you need them.

  • edge://badcastcrash/
  • edge://inducebrowsercrashforrealz/
  • edge://crash/
  • edge://crashdump/
  • edge://kill/
  • edge://hang/
  • edge://shorthang/
  • edge://gpuclean/
  • edge://gpucrash/
  • edge://gpuhang/
  • edge://memory-exhaust/
  • edge://memory-pressure-critical/
  • edge://memory-pressure-moderate/
  • edge://ppapiflashcrash/
  • edge://ppapiflashhang/
  • edge://inducebrowserheapcorruption/
  • edge://heapcorruptioncrash/
  • edge://quit/
  • edge://restart/

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Here is the list of connections that Microsoft Edge requires to work properly

Microsoft’s new Edge web browser tries to connect to various resources automatically when it is installed and/or running on a system. It is not uncommon for a browser to do so; a very common automated task is to check for program updates that may be downloaded and installed then on the local system.

Browsers tend to do so automatically to push new program versions to user systems. While that is desired most of the time, some users may prefer more control over the process.

Sometimes, it may be useful to know about the specific URLs that a browser tries to connect to. For one, it may be required if Edge is run in a network that sits behind a firewall and other security protections. The requests would simply be blocked automatically if security is configured to allow only access to certain resources on the Internet.

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Some users may want to know about these URLs to block them right away. A user could block update requests to update Microsoft Edge manually when it is appropriate, or disable the experimentation and configuration service to avoid configuration or functionality changes made by Microsoft.

Administrators who don’t want Edge to connect to the Internet automatically could block all of these URLs in a firewall or security application.

Here is the master list of connections that Microsoft Edge may make or require to function properly:

  • Run update checks
  • HTTP download locations for Microsoft Edge
  • HTTPS download locations for Microsoft Edge
  • HTTP download locations for Microsoft Edge extensions
  • HTTPS download locations for Microsoft Edge extensions
  • Experimentation and configuration service
  • Provide data for browser features such as tracking protection, certification recovation list, spellcheck dictionaries and more
  • Download delivery optimization
    • Client to server: * (HTTP Port 80, HTTPS Port 443)
    • Client to client: TCP port 7680 should be open for inbound traffic

Now You: have you tried the new Edge? What is your take on the browser?

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You can now block potentially unwanted apps in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft continues to add features to the company’s Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser that it launched officially last month. Since it is Chromium-based, it gets a fair number of new features added as experiments which users of the browser may manage under edge://flags/.

Other features get integrated natively and the new option to block potentially unwanted apps falls into that category. Microsoft did introduce it as an experiment in September 2019 in development versions of Microsoft Edge.

Potentially unwanted apps (also known as potentially unwanted programs) are low-reputation apps according to Microsoft; Edge is not the only program that is capable of dealing with them.

Many security programs for Windows, including Windows Defender, Google Chrome, or Malwarebytes support the blocking of potentially unwanted programs.

Microsoft’s implementation in Edge is available in Beta, Dev and Canary versions of the browser. The company plans to introduce the feature in the Stable version soon. Note that it is not enabled by default currently.

block potentially unwanted apps

Here is how you enable the feature in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Either load edge://settings/privacy directly in the Microsoft Edge address bar, or open the Settings page manually with a click on menu (three dots) and selecting Settings > Privacy and services.
  2. Scroll down to the Services group on the page.
  3. There you find the new “Block potentially unwanted apps” option.
  4. Just toggle it to on and you are all set.

Microsoft Edge will check downloads against a database of low-reputation applications. Downloads of files that are on the list will be blocked automatically. The browser displays a “was blocked as unsafe” notification when that happens.

edge pua blocked

You can delete the file or click on the three dots next to the delete button to select Keep instead. Selecting keep overrides the block and saves the file to the local system; this is useful if the security feature blocked a program that you trust and want to download.

Closing Word

The blocking of potentially unwanted apps can be a useful security feature, especially for inexperienced users. There is the chance of false positives, but since you are able to override the block, you are still able to download any file you require even if it is flagged by Microsoft.

Now you: what is your take on the blocking of potentially unwanted apps? (via Betanews)

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How to change the font size and type in the new Microsoft Edge browser

Microsoft released the first stable version of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on January 15, 2020 for Windows and Mac OS X. The browser shares the core with Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers such as Brave, Vivaldi or Opera.

It is no surprise therefore that features are shared across browsers. Most web browsers provide support for changing font characteristics; these determine the size and type of fonts used on websites and in web applications.

Microsoft Edge users may change these characteristics (similarly to how Google Chrome users can change font settings), e.g. to make text look bigger in Microsoft Edge. While it is possible to achieve this temporarily by using the browser’s zoom functionality, holding down Ctrl and using the mouse-wheel to zoom in our out does the trick, it is font settings that makes changes to the size and type permanent.

Microsoft Edge users have the following font settings at their disposal in the most recent version of the web browser:

  • Change the size of fonts.
  • Define a minimum font size.
  • Set font types.

Here is how that is done.

Changing the font size in Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge font size

  1. Load the internal URL edge://settings/appearance. Just copy and paste it into the Edge address bar and hit the Enter-key to load it.
  2. You find the font size setting at the bottom of the page that opens. The default font size is set to medium. You can change it to very small, small, large, or very large instead.

Note that the new size is not used on internal pages. You may want to open a test page and reload it after you made the font size change to check the new size.

Changing font types and minimum size

microsoft edge change fonts

A click on “customize font” on the settings page or the loading of edge://settings/fonts directly opens advanced font settings. You find options to set the minimum font sizes and to define font types on the page.

Note: Microsoft Edge provides no options to reset font settings. You can reset all settings however on this page: edge://settings/reset

Edge displays a font size slider on the page that provides more control over the font size than the option above. Instead of selecting large or small, it is now possible to adjust the font size in steps. The changes are previewed immediately on the page.

The minimum font size option sets a minimum for displayed fonts in Edge. Useful if you notice that the font on some sites is too small  and you want that changed.

The font type options provide you with options to set a standard font as well as a font for serif, sans-serif, and fixed width.

Tip: Microsoft Edge supports extensions and you may install Chrome extensions in the browser to improve font control further. Check out our review of the Advanced Font Settings extension for Chrome as an example.

Now You: do you keep default font settings in your browser or do you modify them?

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The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is now available

Microsoft has released the first stable version of the company’s new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser to the public. While there have been stable releases before, all of these were not officially released by Microsoft.

Windows and Mac OS X users may download the new web browser manually from the Microsoft website; many Home users who run Windows will receive it via Windows Update in the coming months as Microsoft wants to use Windows Update to replace the classic version of the Microsoft Edge web browser with the new Chromium-based version.

The browser is available in 90 languages and Microsoft updated the mobile versions of Edge with new icons to match those of the new browser.

Microsoft will roll out the new Edge over the course of months to the Windows population that runs Windows 10 on devices. Users who don’t want to wait until it is their turn may download the browser manually instead to get started right away.

Enterprise and Education devices won’t receive the new Microsoft Edge web browser at this point in time.

Tip: check out our 10 tips to get started with the new Edge article.

The new Edge web browser is available for Windows 7 even though support for Microsoft’s operating system ended on January 14, 2020 officially. Microsoft will continue to support the new Edge for Windows 7 for the time being.

stable Microsoft Edge Chromium

Windows users who install the new Edge on their devices will have important data, passwords, favorites and form-fill data among it, imported automatically in the new browser. Import options from Google Chrome are provided next to that.

The new Edge web browser is based on Chromium, the same core that Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and numerous others rely on. In fact, there are only two main web browsers out there with a sizeable usage share, Firefox and Safari, that don’t rely on Chromium.

While it may be tempting to switch to the new Edge right away, users need to be aware that core features are not available yet. The biggest missing feature at the time of writing is that some synchronization options, syncing of the browsing history or extensions, is not supported yet.

Now You: do you plan to use the new Edge browser?

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