Microsoft Edge update will give users more control over the browsing experience

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Users looking to tinker with their Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) settings will be able to customize to their heart's content thanks to a new update.

The browser (opens in new tab) has revealed changes that will offer improved personalization across its many settings - including an update to help fix one of the most annoying aspects of surfing the web.

The settings are currently available in the Microsoft Edge Dev channel, where preview users known as Insiders get to try out the latest changes and upgrades before they are rolled out to the public.

Edge customization

The updates, found in the new Microsoft Edge version 93.0.961.2 (opens in new tab), include the ability to create a list of web pages where auto-playing media is allowed. 

A recent entry in the Microsoft 365 roadmap revealed Microsoft Edge version 92 would soon include the option to change the default entry on allowing auto playing media (opens in new tab) in the browser. Now it seems Edge version 93 will include the ability to create an "allow list" of pages where autoplay media would be allowed.

The new update also includes the ability to "un-ignore" password health alerts for a particular website. This adds to a feature launched in May 2021 where a password health monitor for Edge (opens in new tab) was able to provide details on user password strength, as well as offering filters for passwords that have been leaked or reused.

The update also enables the new Share experience in Microsoft Edge by default, and combines the Settings pages for Start, Home, and New Tab pages.

Microsoft noted in the launch blog post for the release that this was the final preview release for Edge version 93, "give or take some patches", so users could expect the changes to appear in beta downloads soon.

Since the start of the pandemic, Microsoft has delivered a host of upgrades for the browser, including a secure password generator (opens in new tab), in-built price comparison tool, vertical tab bar and more.

Under the hood, the company worked hard to improve the speed and responsiveness of the browser too with features such as sleeping tabs and start-up boost, both of which are designed to optimize resource consumption. 

Via WindowsCentral (opens in new tab)

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.