Microsoft Edge is getting an option to turn off the Bing button

Starting in Edge 111, the stable version of the browser sports a new Bing button in the sidebar. In pre-release versions of Edge it appears in the toolbar instead of the sidebar, and replaces the menu button by shifting to the left, so even if you hide the sidebar, it remains visible! As of now, Edge stable doesn't offer any option to get rid of the bing icon, but this will change in May.

Bing Button

Microsoft is now testing a new toggle option in the Canary version of the app. It allows you to hide the Discover button with ease.

If you have Edge Canary installed right now, you can disable the new button without disabling the sidebar. Update it to version 113.0.1742.0, and paste edge://settings/sidebar into the URL box.

Look for the "App specific settings" section on the right, and click on the "Discover" button with the blue Bing logo.

The Discover Section In Edge Settings

On the next page, you will be able to turn off the new "Show Discover" option. It will instantly hide the Bing icon from the menu bar.

The New Show Discover Option
The new "Show Discover" option.

Once the change will reach the Stable branch of Edge, Microsoft will also provide a corresponding Group Policy option to allow system administrators to disable the Discover feature in the corporate environment. Edge 113 is slated for release in May 2023.

Thanks to @Leopeva64 for the tip!

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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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