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    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10

    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    21 May 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.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically opening the Microsoft Edge desktop search bar at startup for your account or all users in Windows 10.


    This does not prevent the ability to manually open the desktop search bar from Microsoft Edge.

    Automatically opening the Microsoft Edge desktop search bar at startup requires the Microsoft Edge startup app to be enabled.


    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup for Current User
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup for All Users


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






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup for Current User


    1 Open the Microsoft Edge desktop search bar if not already open. (see screenshot below)
    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10-microsoft_edge_launch_search_bar_from_settings_menu.png

    2 Click/tap on the Settings (3 dots) button on the search bar. (see screenshot below)

    3 Click/tap on Auto-launch search bar to Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) it for what you want.

    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10-auto-launch_search_bar.png






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup for All Users


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

    This option uses the WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup policy.


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


    2 Enable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup 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_at_startup_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]
    "WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup"=-


    3 Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup 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_at_startup_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]
    "WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup"=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 : 1,753
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #1

    Many thanks for this, Brink, particularly option 3... very useful.
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  2. Posts : 27,181
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #2

    Thanks for this Shawn

    It showed up on the laptop at work today when I I was using VIAD@T to book and place into stock, and I have a couple of windows open, and that damn search bar would pop something up when my cursor would travel across it.

    What idiot at Microsoft thought it a good idea to have this turned on after an update.
    I was too busy booking to take the time to figure out how to get rid of this junk.
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  3. Posts : 210
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Thanks Brink. It's truly annoying how much garbage Microsoft forces on users and how much bloated Edge is nowadays.
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  4. Posts : 68,846
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    ksio89 said:
    Thanks Brink. It's truly annoying how much garbage Microsoft forces on users and how much bloated Edge is nowadays.
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  5. Posts : 1,481
    W10 22H2 19045.3031
       #5

    Having trouble trying to do this > disabling the search bar.

    Option 1 - Launch search bar is greyed out.
    Option 2/step 3 - disable file downloaded and installed, search bar still present
    The register file shows "WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup"=dword:00000000. [ REG_DWORD 0x0000000 (0) ]

    TxDisable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10-reg1.jpg
    Last edited by meebers; 07 Sep 2023 at 16:07.
      My Computers


  6. Posts : 68,846
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    meebers said:
    Having trouble trying to do this > disabling the search bar.

    Option 1 - Launch search bar is greyed out.
    Option 2/step 3 - disable file downloaded and installed, search bar still present
    The register file shows "WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup"=dword:00000000. [ REG_DWORD 0x0000000 (0) ]

    For some reason, unable to attach file on this thread? Tx
    Hello mate,

    Have you also tried this below to completely disable it?

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10
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  7. Posts : 1,481
    W10 22H2 19045.3031
       #7

    Brink. I had used this similar tutorial
    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10.
    Tx will try that one you referenced.

    Downloaded the file from the one you referenced, installed it, same result. Search bar remains.
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 68,846
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    meebers said:
    Brink. I had used this similar tutorial
    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10.
    Tx will try that one you referenced.

    Downloaded the file from the one you referenced, installed it, same result. Search bar remains.
    Odd. That should have removed the Desktop Bing Search Bar. Did you restart the computer to see if that may apply it?
      My Computers


  9. Posts : 1,481
    W10 22H2 19045.3031
       #9

    Yes I did. Looking at the register file, (microsoft\Edge) I have 4 entries


    Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar at Startup in Windows 10-reg1.jpg

    Tx for you assistance.
    Last edited by meebers; 07 Sep 2023 at 16:09.
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