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How to Add or Remove Microsoft Edge Search Box Placeholder Text in Windows 10

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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.

The Start and New Tab pages in Microsoft Edge can give you access to the latest news across business, entertainment, finance and more. Plus, with weather updates, sports scores, recommendations for apps and much more.

By default, the Address bar (aka: "Search box") shows the placeholder text Search and enter web address on the Start and New tab pages in Microsoft Edge.

If you prefer, you can remove this placeholder text and make it appear blank instead.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Address bar placeholder text "Search and enter web address" in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.

EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge Address bar placeholder text "Search and enter web address"
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Here's How:
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The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry key below.

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

HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnStartPage and HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnNewTabPage DWORDs

0 = Add
1 = Remove


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


 2. To Add Microsoft Edge Address Bar (Search Box) Placeholder Text

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Add_AddressBoxPlaceholderText_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download


 3. To Remove Microsoft Edge Address Bar (Search Box) Placeholder Text

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

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



That's it,
Shawn