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How to disable the Bing button in Microsoft Edge

Get rid of the Bing button in Edge with this easy hack.
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Published onMarch 23, 2023

Microsoft’s Bing search engine recently received a few notable upgrades, including an AI chatbot that runs on the same platform as ChatGPT. But what if you’re not interested in using Bing Chat or prefer Google instead? You may not like the new Bing button that appears by default in the Edge web browser. And if you’ve looked around in the Settings menu, there’s no easy way to disable the Bing button in Edge. Luckily, there’s a hidden workaround to get rid of it. Here’s how.

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To remove the Bing Button in Edge on a Windows computer, you’ll need to create a new registry value in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft folder and add a variable. Keep reading for detailed instructions as well as a way to launch Edge on macOS and Linux with the Edge button disabled.

How to disable the Bing button in Edge on Windows

Microsoft hasn’t given us an easy way to remove the Bing button in Edge. However, you can edit an entry in the Windows Registry that disables it for good. Keep in mind that you should proceed with caution as editing the Windows Registry can break things. But you shouldn’t face any problems as long as you carefully follow the steps below.

  • Hit the Windows key and search for Registry Editor. Open it and click Yes if prompted for admin permissions.
windows registry editor start menu
  • In the left navigation pane, browse to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft folder.
  • Right-click the Microsoft folder and select New > Key as shown below.
    You’ll see a new folder appear named New Key #1. Rename it to Edge instead.
  • windows registry editor bing button disable
  • Within the Edge folder, right-click anywhere in the blank space and click New > DWORD (32-bit value).
  • Name the DWORD entry HubsSidebarEnabled.
  • windows registry editor bing button dword
  • Double-click the DWORD and ensure that the value reads 0.
  • windows registry editor bing button dword value
  • You can now close the Registry Editor and return to Edge.
  • Open a new tab in Edge. In the address bar, type in edge://policy and hit Enter.
  • On this page, click the Reload Policies button. You should see the Bing button disappear immediately.
  • edge bing button disable reload policies

    How to disable the Bing button in Edge on macOS and Linux

    linux command line launch edge without bing button

    Microsoft has brought its Chromium-based Edge browser to Linux and macOS too, where external settings are changed a little differently. Luckily, it’s a bit easier than Windows. Here’s how to remove the Bing button in Edge on Linux and macOS:

    1. Open a Terminal window using macOS’ Spotlight tool. Simply hit Cmd + Space and type in Terminal. If you’re on Linux, use the Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard shortcut to directly launch it instead.
    2. On Mac, copy and paste the following: open -n -a "Microsoft Edge" --args --disable-features=msEdgeSidebarV2 then press Enter. The browser will launch without the Bing button in sight.
    3. On Linux, use this command instead: microsoft-edge-stable --disable-features=msEdgeSidebarV2as shown above.

    All in all, removing the Bing button in Edge doesn’t take too much effort. However, it’s yet another push to keep you tethered to Microsoft’s ecosystem. Will these minor annoyances motivate users to switch from Edge to Chrome or a different browser? It’s certainly possible, so we hope Microsoft lets us change new settings more easily going forward.