How to Change Microsoft Edge URL Copy and Paste Setting

Last year, Microsoft announced that it was adding a feature to its Chromium-based Edge browser to make it easier to share links. Beginning with Edge version 87 on Windows or version 88 on macOS, the browser began to replace traditional URLs with hypertext text.

In other words, if you wanted to send someone the link to MobileSyrup, instead of pasting “https://www.mobilesyrup.com”, Edge will paste “MobileSyrup” as the hyperlink.

While this can make it easier to share long, hard-to-parse URLs, it can also be quite annoying if you copy/paste URLs often. And that doesn’t even address issues around modifying or hiding URLs. Google Chrome has been criticized for repeatedly changing the way it displays URLs in the address bar.

Luckily, restoring the Edge setting is pretty straightforward, so here’s how to do it.

First, open Microsoft Edge. Click on the three-dot menu button in the upper right corner > Click on “Settings” > Click on “Share, copy and paste”.

This opens the menu to change the URL copy/paste format. On this screen, you can choose between “Link”, which turns URLs into hypertext, or “Plain Text”, which pastes the URL. Select Plain Text, and you’re good to go.

It should be noted that you may need to adjust this setting on multiple devices if you are using Edge on multiple computers.

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