Microsoft recently revamped the way it handles web URLs in the Chromium-based Edge browser. With the change, Microsoft Edge started pasting URLs as a hypertext title instead of plain text. While a hypertext title might serve better in specific use cases, a significant number of Edge users, including myself, are not happy with it. Today you will learn how to restore the old URL paste mechanism to Edge.

Disable Edge’s new URL copy-and-paste feature

What exactly does Edge’s new collage feature do?

Web browsers usually paste the entire web address when you paste a URL. Microsoft has decided to replace the URL with the page title as the link text. As a result, the pasted URLs started to look like this:

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Instead of that:

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If you think that was a harmless change, I disagree. The main downside I found with this approach was how it broke YouTube link embedding. Even though I don’t know the functionality of this, the new behavior was forced on Edge users without any warning or indication. Due to this sneaky change under the hood, some users have even suspected third-party apps are causing this, which is certainly not the case.

Remove Edge’s new paste mechanism

1. Now that you know how the change affects users, here’s how to get back to the old way of pasting links. first of all, open edge browser, click the three-dot horizontal button in the upper right corner and choose ‘Settings’.

2. In Settings, go to the “Share, copy and paste” section. It’s the sixth section in the left sidebar. Here you will find two options – Link and Plain Text and the option will be set to Link by default.

3. As you might have guessed, the Link option pastes URLs as hypertext titles and plain text pastes them as a web address. All you gotta do is choose ‘Plain text’ and restart the browser.

Paste as URL without changing the default setting

If you prefer the new hyperlink paste mechanism but want the ability to sometimes paste URLs, you have two options: First, copy the web address you want and right-click the destination of bonding. From the ‘Paste as’ option which appears now, choose ‘Link’. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl + Shift + V’ to paste the URL in plain text.

Restore old copy-paste on Edge Chromium

So that was our quick guide to help you restore the old URL pasting mechanism on Edge. It won’t be an exaggeration if I say I absolutely hated how Edge flipped the switch without any notification. Let us know your thoughts on this feature in the comments. In the meantime, if you found this helpful, you might find something interesting in our coverage of the best Microsoft Edge flags.