Microsoft Edge includes a Discover feature that draws a Bing icon in the toolbar. Depending on your browser version, it may appear as a purple star icon. The button sits in the top right corner where the menu button used to be. if you find no use for the Discover feature, here is how to disable it.
A click on the "Discover" button opens an extra panel on the right that interacts with AI-powered Bing. It allows you to collect extra information on the topic of the current tab, regarding of its type. If you are browsing a web site, it will show you everything Bing knows about it, including the stats, links, and its competitors/similar projects.
The initial version of the Bing Discover feature supports two different modes. The "Chat" option allows receiving some brief description or summary view from what you are currently reading. Another mode, "Compose", adds something like writing assistant to your browser. It can generate some text based on your terms by using open data on the Internet as a source. It can also create a "similar code" in a different programming language if you give it a code snippet.
However, not everyone needs such a feature in the browser. Some users prefer a cleaner UI without extra elements they aren't going to use. Additionally, Discover in Edge shows notifications that are enabled by default, so it can be annoying.
Here's how to disable the Bing button / Discover feature in the Microsoft Edge browser. The methods depend on the browser version you have. The native option to disable the Bing button is available starting in Edge 111.0.1661.54, release on March 24, 2023.
Disable Discover in the Edge browser
Note: This method applies to Edge 111.0.1661.54 and above.
- Click on the Edge menu button (Alt + F), and select Settings from the menu.
- In Settings, click Sidebar on the left.
- On the right, find the App specific settings section, and click on Discover.
- Finally on the next page, turn off the Show Discover option. This will disable the Bing button instantly.
Done! You can undo the change at any moment by enabling the option you just disabled.
Method 2: Modify the Edge desktop shortcut
Note: This method applies to versions released prior to Edge 111.0.1661.54.
- Launch the Edge browser and click on the menu button (Alt + F).
- Select Settings from the menu.
- On the left, click on the System and performance section.
- In the right pane, disable the Startup boost option.
- Right-click the shortcut you use to open Microsoft Edge, e.g. its desktop shortcut.
- On the Shortcut tab, click in the Target target box and add the
--disable-features=msUndersideButtonargument after msedge.exe.
- Click Apply and OK to save the changes. Now, close all Edge windows and launch it using the modified shortcut. The Discover feature is now disabled!
You are done. You will no longer have the Discover feature and its traces in the browser.
Every time you launch Edge using the modified shortcut, it will no longer annoy with the Bing Discover feature. However, if you have multiple profiles in Edge, when switching between them Edge may modify its command line arguments and bring the button back. Also, when you click on links in Store apps, they will also open Edge without the msUndersideButton feature disabled, so you will see the Discover option again.
Please keep in mind that the method is not officially supported and can stop working with any browser update.
Disable Bing Button along with Sidebar
Alternative to the above reviewed method, you can use a Group Policy that Microsoft provides to disable the sidebar. By disabling the sidebar, you will get rid of the Bing button, as it is integral part of it.
Note: This method applies to all versions of Microsoft Edge.
To disable the Bing button and sidebar in Microsoft Edge, do the following.
- Right-click the Start button with the Windows icon in the taskbar, select Run, and type regedit in the Run box to open the Registry editor.
- Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft key.
- If you don't have the Edge folder under Microsoft, right-click the latter and select New > Key. Name it Edge.
- Now, right-click the Edge folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value from the menu.
- Name the new value HubsSidebarEnabled, and leave its value data as 0.
- Now, restart the Edge browser. The Bing button will now disappear, along with the Sidebar.
You are done.
To undo the change, you can remove the HubsSidebarEnabled value you have created from the Registry.
Finally, to save your time, you can download the following ready-to-use REG files in a ZIP archive.
Extract the archive contents to any folder of your choice, for example, right to the desktop.
Now, open the
Disable the sidebar and the Bing button.reg file, confirm the User Account Control prompt, and allow the Registry editor to make the change. I.e. you need to click on the Yes button in both prompts.
After you opened the REG file, you only need to restart the Edge browser to make it read the new policy values, and you are good to go.
The other file included in the ZIP archive,
Enable the sidebar and the Bing button.reg, restores the defaults.
That's it. Thanks to our reader "tistou" for the second method.
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