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How to Disable Edge Bar in Microsoft Edge

Don’t like or use the new Edge bar in the Microsoft Edge browser? Here are the steps to completely disable the Edge bar in your browser.

Of all the applications in Windows, Microsoft is keen on the Edge browser. As such, Microsoft is always updating and adding new features to it. One such new feature is the Edge Bar which is enabled by default. When enabled, the Edge Bar appears persistently on the left sidebar of the browser.

The Edge bar is a widget that contains tools, & links and lets you see news headlines, search the web, and more. Though the Edge bar is helpful in some situations, it is not for most users.

edge bar

A few of the reasons for disabling the Edge bar include but are not limited to wasted space, lack of customizability, inability to change the default search engine, not many useful quick links or tools, and more.

You can disable the Edge bar if you don’t want to use it. This quick tutorial shows you how to hide or disable the Edge bar.

The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.

Table of contents:

Disable the Edge bar shortcut

Press the “Ctrl + Shift + /” keyboard shortcut to disable Edge bar in the Microsoft Edge browser.

This is a toggle shortcut. That means the shortcut will enable or disable Edge bar based on its current state. For example, if the Edge bar is already disabled, pressing the shortcut will enable it.

Click ‘Hide Sidebar’ to disable the Edge bar

The Edge bar has an option to quickly and easily disable it. Here’s how.

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Find the Edge bar on the left sidebar.
  3. Click the “Hide Sidebar” button at the bottom of the Edge bar.
  4. With that, the Edge bar is disabled.
hide edge bar button

You can hide the Edge bar from the main menu. Here’s how to find and modify the option to disable the Edge bar.

  1. Launch the Edge browser.
  2. Press the “Menu” (…) icon.
  3. Click the “Hide sidebar” option at the bottom.
  4. With that, the Edge bar is disabled.
disable edge bar from menu

Disable Edge bar from Settings

As with most options, you can disable the Edge bar from the Settings page. Here’s where to find the option and how to modify it.

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Click the “Menu” icon on the top right corner.
  3. Select the “Settings” option.
  4. Select “Appearance” on the sidebar.
  5. Turn off the “Show sidebar” option.
  6. With that, the Edge bar is disabled.
disable edge from MS Edge settings

Edge bar FAQ

1. Can I remove the Edge bar feature completely?

As of now, Microsoft did not provide an option to remove it completely. However, you can hide or disable the Edge bar. Follow the methods shown above.

2. How do I disable the Edge bar?

You can press the “Ctrl + Shift + /” shortcut to hide or disable the Edge bar.

3. What is the Edge bar shortcut?

The shortcut for Edge bar is ‘Ctrl + Shift + /.’

4. How to stop the Edge bar from opening?

To stop the Edge bar from opening, open the Settings page in the Edge browser, go to the Appearance tab and toggle the “Show sidebar” option.

5. How do I enable or turn on the Edge bar?

To turn on the Edge bar, follow the below steps.

  1. Launch the Edge browser.
  2. Press the “Menu” (…) icon.
  3. Click the “Show sidebar” option at the bottom.
  4. With that, the Edge bar is enabled.

That is all. It is that simple to disable the Edge bar in Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 and 10.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

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