How to Disable Edge’s New URL Copy and Paste Feature

If you are using a recent version of the Microsoft Edge browser, you may have noticed that the way URLs copy and paste changed. Starting with Edge 87 for Windows or 88 for macOS, you will find that by default trying to copy and paste a URL from an address bar will paste the title of a webpage as a hyperlink rather than its URL directly.

So instead of seeing:

https://www.theverge.com/

…as you would expect, you will instead paste:

The edge

Depending on what you’re doing, this can be useful. If you send an e-mail that you want to format well with a hyperlink, it can save you time, for example. It is also possible to paste a simple URL if you use the command Ctrl + Shift + V to paste the simple URL without formatting.

But there are plenty of occasions when you just want to get a URL without having to remember to hold down an extra button. Not to mention the fact that there are many web pages with messy titles that don’t share very well. Look at the page title of an individual tweet, for example, and you’ll see that it contains all of the tweet’s text, which ends up looking messy when you try to paste it.

Here is an example tweet URL:

https://twitter.com/verge/status/1330867474817015811

And here’s what’s stuck with Edge’s new feature:

The Verge on Twitter: “Another Super Mario Bros. game now holds the most expensive game title ever sold https://t.co/l5NAyNSeA3 https://t.co/FnWuM11kKQ” / Twitter

Luckily, it’s a simple process to roll back.

How to get Edge to copy and paste URLs normally again

To change how Edge handles copying and pasting of links, click the button with the three dots to the right of the toolbar and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu that appears. On the left, you will see a “Share, copy and paste” section.

Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

Click on it, and inside you will have the option to post either a default “Link” or a “Plain Text”. The former will paste a page title as the default hyperlink, while the latter will paste a traditional URL.

Select “Link” if you want to paste a default hyperlinked page title, or “Plain Text” if you want to paste the URL.

That’s it! Remember to apply the setting to all the profiles you use in Microsoft Edge in case you have different ones set up for home and work.

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