Here learn how to disable Microsoft Edge extensions on PC desktop/laptop or tablet. You can easily disable extensions in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, XP & Vista OS using two simple methods as described below in this post. We regularly bring helpful solutions for Windows users and today you are going to learn how to disable extensions in Microsoft Edge web browser. Keep on reading to know how to keep annoying extensions in the Edge browser from interfering during web browsing.
Microsoft added much needed extensions to the Edge browser in the Windows 10 anniversary update. New Microsoft Edge extension feature enables you to install your favorite third-party extensions from the Windows Store in your Edge browser provided your PC is running on the anniversary update or later Windows update version. However, not all extensions are useful to everyone. They perform specific function to augment your web browsing experience in the Edge browser. Sometimes you may want to get rid of unwanted Microsoft Edge browser extensions or at least want to disable extensions on Edge browser to keep your browser clean. Having to many extensions enabled on your web browser could also slow down your web browser.
Here in this post, i am going to elaborate a few simple tricks using which your can manage and disable unnecessary extensions in your Microsoft Edge web browser on Windows PC.
Why Disable Microsoft Edge Extensions?
First question that might have popped in your mind is why would anyone want to disable extensions on the web browser? Well, if you are running a firm and don’t want employees to install unnecessary extensions that can compromise security or put load on system resources, you would want to block extensions download on the Edge browser. Or you may want to prevent others from installing Microsoft Edge extension on your personal or work PC.
Here’s how you can disable extensions from Microsoft Edge permanently. Of course, you could re-enable them as well if need be.
1 – Disable Microsoft Edge Extensions from Group Policy Editor
Here a simple trick that will show you a way of disabling web browser extensions in Microsoft Edge by tweaking the Group Policy Editor.
- Press Windows + R keys on keyboard to open Run dialogue box.
- Type gpedit.msc and hit enter to open Group Policy Editor.
- In Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer configuration > Administrative Template > Windows components and select/double-click Microsoft Edge in the right window pane.
- A new list of Settings will appear on the Group Policy Editor window. Locate Allow Extensions option in the list and double-click on it to open Properties.
- Now click on the Disable option and hit Apple and then OK to confirm selection.
- All Done.
If you want to re-enable extension, go to the ‘Allow Extensions’ properties window as described above and click on the Not Configured option to enable Microsoft Edge extensions.
2 – Disable Microsoft Edge Extension using Windows Registry Editor
You can also manage Microsoft Edge extensions from Windows Registry Editor as show below:
- Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialogue box on Windows and type regedit.exe as Admin.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft in the registry editor window.
- Here you need to create a new key under Microsoft option. For that, right-click on ‘Microsoft’, highlight New and then click on the Key from the drop-down menu.
- Rename the new Key Microsoft Edge.
- Now right-click on Microsoft Edge key and create another key by following same steps as mentioned above and name it Extensions.
- Right-click on Extensions key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option from the context menu and set its value to 0 (zero) in the Data Column.
- Click OK and close the registry editor window.
- Next, open the Microsoft Edge browser. Click on the Menu (three-dotted icon on the top-right corner of the Edge browser screen). Scroll down to the Extensions option in the list, when you hover the mouse cursor over disabled Extensions icon it will show You organization doesn’t allow extensions pop-up message.
All done. You have successfully disabled Microsoft Edge extensions on your Windows PC. For help, reach use through the comments section below.
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