Is there a way to let Edge focus on the address bar once I open a new tab?

I experience the following behavior:

  1. Open Edge
  2. Ctrl + t (new tab)
  3. Type e.g. www.myfavouriteaddress.com

Issue: The typing is ignored since the focus is not on the address bar.

Unfortunately I haven't found anything. Microsoft didn't answer on that.

Right now I work around it like that:

  1. Open Edge
  2. Ctrl + t (new tab)
  3. Ctrl + l (focus on address bar)
  4. Type e.g. www.myfavouriteaddress.com

I'm looking for a setting which let me change the default Ctrl + t behavior. Any idea?


  • Microsoft Edge 38.14393.2068.0
  • Windows 10 Enterprise

Update Feb. 7. 2019

Checked my issue again with the Microsoft Edge browser in version:

  • Microsoft Edge 41.16299.755.0
  • Windows 10 Enterprise

The issue is gone.

  • I also have this issue but it is intermittent. Sometimes opening a new tab focuses the address bar, sometimes it doesn't. I haven't discerned a pattern yet.
    – tanc
    Dec 24, 2022 at 6:56

1 Answer 1


You will need to go to the settings on the browser and search for "tab". Then you will get the option to select where your search should be focused.

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  • It would be very helpful if you could include the version of Edge you found this setting. Jan 10 at 7:33

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