Edge 122 introduces a new sidebar button, here’s how to disable it

With the latest Edge 122 release, Microsoft has added a new button to the Edge toolbar. It allows hiding the sidebar with a single click. But it only appears when you turn off the Copilot.


Microsoft Edge users are familiar with the Copilot assistant that presents in the browser for several versions. Being integral part of the app's user experience, it also manages the sidebar. Clicking it opens and closes the side pane.

But in Edge 122, Microsoft has added a new button that allows you to hide or show the sidebar when Copilot is disabled. This button is aimed to improve usabilty of the browser. It just takes place of the assistant's icon and shows a more prominent glyph.

Let's look close on the new button and its appearance. First of all, we need disable the Copilot button in the sidebar. For that, open Menu (Alt + F) > Settings, and click Sidebar on the left.

Click on Copilot on the right, and turn off the Show Copilot option.

Click Copilot In Edge SettingsDisable Copilot Button In Edge

Once prompted, restart the browser. From now on, you will see a new Sidebar button in Edge instead of the Copilot one.

Edge Sidebar Button

Now, after you made the new sidebar button visible, you have got an advanced way to hide it. Here is how.

Disable Sidebar Button in Microsoft Edge

To hide the sidebar button from Edge, do the following.

  1. Open Edge settings.
  2. Navigate to the Sidebar section on the left (or go there with the edge://settings/sidebar URL).
  3. On the right, turn off the Show sidebar button option.Disable Edge Sidebar Button
  4. If you aren't going to use the sidebar, also disable the "Always show sidebar" setting.Hide The Sidebar

Congrats, now you have much cleaner UI.

It is important to note that enabling the Copilot button in the toolbar will revive the sidebar button, and the sidebar itself. Both will become available once you restart the browser.

Edge 122 is a small update to the app issued in February 2024. It removes the  image enhancement feature, but adds AI capability into the intergrated Screenshot tool (formerly Web Capture).

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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