This Easy Hack Replaces the Microsoft Edge New Tab Page with a Hidden Version
In theory, the New Tab Page in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is a very useful part of the browser, as it provides you with content that could come in handy, all based on your settings.
So for example, the NTP can be configured to display a search box, news from user-defined categories, and a custom background.
But at the same, if you just want a clean version of the New Tab Page, there’s a hidden version that represents the fallback background when the NTP itself fails to load.
Someone on reddit discovered that if you block ntp.msn.com in the Windows hosts file or configure the NTP to chrome-search://local-ntp/local-ntp.html as a group policy, the fallback page is automatically loaded in Microsoft Edge, as you can see in the demo here.
Lighter, faster version