Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10  

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    16 Mar 2023
    Designer Media Ltd

    The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

    There's now a new desktop search bar included with the Microsoft Edge 111 version and above in Windows 10. You can use the search bar to search the web and launch you favorite sies directly from the desktop. The search box provides search (powered by Bing) and URL suggestions.

    The desktop search bar automatically opens at startup by default in Windows 10.

    You can use the WebWidgetAllowed policy to completely disable the Microsoft Edge desktop search bar if wanted.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Microsoft Edge desktop search bar all users in Windows 10.


    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Microsoft Edge desktop search bar.


    EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge desktop search bar
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10-microsoft_edge_desktop_search_bar.png



    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2 Enable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar 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 4 below.

    Enable_Microsoft_Edge_desktop_Search_Bar_for_all_users.reg

    Download

    (Contents of REG file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
    "WebWidgetAllowed"=dword:-


    3 Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar for All Users

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

    Disable_Microsoft_Edge_desktop_Search_Bar_for_all_users.reg

    Download

    (Contents of REG file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
    "WebWidgetAllowed"=dword:00000000


    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 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink






  1. Posts : 31,657
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #1

    Now with added Bing AI.

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10-image.png
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  2. Posts : 1,767
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #2

    I'm sure that it wil be as much a success as other recent MS 'initiatives', rather than providing a stable platform with well-tested patches/updates that we used to rely upon by a former OS provider, now a purveyor of 'shiny, sparkly, untested things to amuse 'who knows?'... but let's not mention MS home networking successes since... before Vista?
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 77
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       #3

    Isn't the most straight forward way to just use its three dot menu to disable auto-launching? Or is that not permanent?:
    Stop the windows search bar (aka microsoft edge search bar tray icon) from auto-launching / starting at startup - Super User
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 68,952
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    mmortal03 said:
    Isn't the most straight forward way to just use its three dot menu to disable auto-launching? Or is that not permanent?:
    Stop the windows search bar (aka microsoft edge search bar tray icon) from auto-launching / starting at startup - Super User
    You could stop it from running at startup like below.

    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10

    The tutorial in the first post here will completely disable it instead.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #5

    where in the registry does the disable .reg get assigned to if later I choose to delete it and get back the search bar.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 68,952
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    musterrev said:
    where in the registry does the disable .reg get assigned to if later I choose to delete it and get back the search bar.
    Hello, and welcome.

    The "WebWidgetAllowed" DWORD is only used to disable it if wanted since it's enabled by default.
      My Computers


 

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