How to Open Edge in Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see how to open Microsoft Edge, create a shortcut for it, and assign a shortcut key.

Here, I’m using Windows 11 PC. Let’s begin with the different methods to open it.

How to Start Microsoft Edge from Taskbar

Hit the Edge icon in the taskbar, and that’s it.

How to Open Microsoft Edge using Msedge Command

Launch the Run command (keyboard shortcut: Windows + R). Please type msedge in it and then press the Enter key.

That’s it.

You can also use the same command (msedge) in any of the following programs:

  • The address bar of File Explorer
  • Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use the command).

After entering the command there, press the Enter key.

Alternatively, you can also use the command start msedge in the following programs to launch Edge: Command Prompt and PowerShell. After entering the command there, press the Enter key.


You can also open the particular website along with the Edge using Command Prompt, and here’s how:

Press Windows + R, type cmd, and then press Enter key. Now you can see the Command Prompt.

In it, type start msedge and then press Enter key.

That’s all. The Edge browser will open with our site. Remember that you can replace our site URL with any URL you prefer.

You can also open Edge in InPrivate mode from Command Prompt, and you need to use this command for that: start msedge -inprivate

After typing the above command, press the Enter key.

How to Open Microsoft Edge using Start Menu

Hit the All apps button in the Start menu, then hit Microsoft Edge in the M section. Or open the Start menu and hit the Edge on the Pinned section.


Open the Start menu. Microsoft Edge will appear in the search results when you type “edge” (without double quotes). Click on it.

How to Launch Microsoft Edge using Msedge File

Go to C: > Program Files (x86) > Microsoft > Edge > Application and double-click the msedge.exe file.

How to Launch Microsoft Edge using Cortana

Open Cortana. Type edge and then hit the Enter key.

How to Launch Microsoft Edge using Shortcut

Double-click on the Edge shortcut on your desktop. If you can’t find it, you can create one with the steps below.

Let’s see the steps to create an Edge shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer.

  1. Right-click on the empty area of your desktop or File Explorer.
  2. Move the mouse over “New” and choose “Shortcut.”
  3. In the Create Shortcut window, click the Browse button. Locate and select the “msedge” file. You can find the file in this location: C: > Program Files (x86) > Microsoft > Edge > Application.
  4. Click the “OK” button and click on the “Next” button.
  5. You can enter a name for the shortcut if you don’t like the proposed name and click the “Finish” button.

That’s all. You can assign a shortcut key for the shortcut, and by doing that, you can open Edge with a keyboard shortcut.

Here are the steps:

Right-click on the Edge shortcut and select Properties.

You can see the “Shortcut key” field in the Shortcut tab. Provide the key you want in it. For instance, I’m providing ,.

Hit the OK button. Click the Continue button, and that’s all.

If I press Ctrl + Alt + , keys, Edge will open from now on.

Thanks for reading.