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How to Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

As you type in the address bar of Microsoft Edge, search suggestions appear in the address bar drop-down list by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable search suggestions in the Address bar of Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for Current User in Microsoft Edge Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for Current User using a REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge enabled and disabled
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Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge
Turn On or Off Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for Current User in Microsoft Edge Settings

1. Open Microsoft Edge.

2. Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+X) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and turn on or off (default) Show search and site suggestions as a I type for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge
Turn On or Off Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for Current User using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main

ShowSearchSuggestionsGlobal DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


 2. To Turn On Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Show_search_and_site_suggestions_as_I_type_in_Microsoft_Edge_address_bar.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for Current User

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Show_search_and_site_suggestions_as_I_type_in_Microsoft_Edge_address_bar.reg

download


4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen the browser to apply.

8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.






Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge
Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

If this policy is enabled or disabled, it will override Option One and Option Two for all users.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option FOUR below.


1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge

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3. In the right pane of Microsoft Edge in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Configure search suggestions in Address bar policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (not configured), step 6 (disable), step 7 (enable) below for what you want.


 5. To Not Configure Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


 6. To Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


 7. To Always Enable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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8. You can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

9. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen the browser to apply.






Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge OPTION FOUR Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge
Enable or Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users using a REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

If this policy is enabled or disabled, it will override Option One and Option Two for all users.

The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\SearchScopes

ShowSearchSuggestionsGlobal DWORD

delete = Not Configured (default)
0 = Disable
1 = Enable


1. Do step 2 (not configured), step 3 (disable), step 4 (enable) below for what you want.


 2. To Not Configure Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Default_Not_configured_Microsoft_Edge_search_suggestions.reg

download


 3. To Disable Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Disable_Microsoft_Edge_search_suggestions.reg

download


 4. To Always Search Suggestions in Address Bar of Microsoft Edge for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Always_enable_Microsoft_Edge_search_suggestions.reg

download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen the browser to apply.

9. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn