After more than 26 years of sporadic service, Microsoft is finally retiring its Internet Explorer by June 2022. Then, the browser will no longer be included with Windows 10. Instead, it will direct all its efforts to the newer and better Microsoft Edge. While Internet Explorer may hold a certain aura of nostalgia for you, that’s not the only thing you need to think about. As your browser settings probably precede your Spectrum internet packages by years, you’ll have a considerable amount of information and settings stored there.
Furthermore, most of your passwords are probably stored there, and you may have forgotten most of them. However, there isn’t anything to worry about. As long as you have access to the account you use to log in to your browser, you can easily import all your information, settings, and data quite conveniently. Then, you can transfer everything to your new Edge browser and resume your usual internet activities without any hitch. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this.
Go to the Settings In Your Edge Browser
The first thing you should do is open up the setting in your Edge browser. You’ll find them by looking for the three dots at the upper right corner of your browser page. Click on these and a menu will appear. Scroll down this menu, and you’ll come to the Settings page.
This page lets you control how you want to use the browser, with account, security, and accessibility settings all included.
Select Import Browser Settings
Then, in the Settings tab, you should find a Profiles page. Scroll down to the bottom of this page, and you’ll see the Import Browser Data option in the second to last position. Click this setting, and it will open a window asking what you want to import, and where from. Select Internet Explorer, and then click the checkboxes which are relevant to your needs.
When importing passwords, you must note that the imported settings will overwrite any passwords changed and saved in the Edge browser. So, if you don’t want that to happen, you should uncheck the import passwords option in this checklist.
This process may take a while, so be patient and let the whole thing happen before you resume using your internet browsing. You’ll see a pop-up window, where you’ll click Done, and use your new browser settings. You’ll see that you can import everything from passwords and account details to your favorite tabs and installed extensions.
Switch Your Default Browser to Microsoft Edge
Once you’ve imported all the data you need, you should make sure you switch your default browser from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. You can do this by going into your computer’s settings. Navigate to the Settings via the Start menu and then look for the Apps section.
Here, you’ll see the Default settings on the left side of the page. Scroll down to find the Web Browser option and open it. There, you’ll see a list of the browsers you have in your computer. Choose Microsoft Edge from this list, and your Windows will automatically set it as your default browser. This means when you open links and access websites, you’ll automatically be directed to your Edge browser.
Set Your Custom Homepage
You may not want the custom homepage Microsoft Edge offers you. In that case, you can change it quite easily. Open up the Settings in your browser, and then go to the Advanced Settings section.
There, you need to switch on the Show Home button toggle, and type or paste the URL of the website you want to make your homepage. Alternatively, you can also have Edge open up after starting up right on the tabs and pages you left off with.
Customize Your New Tab Page
You can also customize how you want the Open New Tab option to function. Once again, open the Settings in your browser. Then, navigate to the Open New Tabs option. There, you’ll see three choices.
You can opt to open your favorite page plus some suggested websites, thumbnails of your favorite websites, or simply go for a blank page. Go for your preferred option, and change the settings accordingly.
To wrap up, it is quite easy to import your browser settings from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. You should do it as soon as possible, so that you can get used to your new browser before Internet Explorer is phased out.