How to Remove the Feedback Smiley Button in Microsoft Edge Chromium
The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser comes with a smiley button on the toolbar that allows sending your feedback to Microsoft with a single click. Some users would like to remove that button, but Edge doesn't include a GUI option to get rid of it. Here are two methods you can use to remove the feedback smiley button from the Microsoft Edge Chromium.
Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.
The developer preview builds of Edge, including Beta, Canary, and Dev versions, have a special feedback button with a smiley icon on the toolbar. The button helps to quickly send your suggestions and tell Microsoft about the issues you run into while using the browser.
However, the stable version of the Chromium-based Edge doesn't include that button. Enthusiasts were able to find the appropriate values to hide that button in Edge Chromium using two different ways. Here's how it can be done.
To Remove the Feedback Smiley Button in Microsoft Edge,
- Close the Edge browser.
- Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
- Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
- Unblock the files.
- Double click on the Remove Smiley Button from Edge.reg file to merge it.
- Start the browser. The smiley button is now removed.
To restore the button later, use the provided file Add Smiley Button to Edge.reg.
You are done!
How it works
The registry files add a 32-bit DWORD value UserFeedbackAllowed under the key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge. See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
Its value data:
- UserFeedbackAllowed = 1 - the smiley button is visible (used by default).
- UserFeedbackAllowed = 0 - the smiley button is disabled.
Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
This will remove the smiley button from Edge Chromium.
As you may already know, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. The stable channel is also on its way to users.
Actual Microsoft Edge Versions
The actual pre-release versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:
- Beta Channel: 126.96.36.199
- Dev Channel: 188.8.131.52 (see what's new in this version)
- Canary Channel: 78.0.256.0
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