New to Microsoft Edge and don’t know how to disable superfluous extensions? If so, then this article is worth a bookmark from you. In this post, you’ll learn the know-how to block extension support in Edge browser. Let’s get the show on the road.
With the introduction of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has officially added the support for extensions to its Edge browser. You can download extensions directly from the Windows store or by clicking on the Extensions button in the Edge’s main menu. However, when it comes to add-ons, one of the most annoying things is that anyone can add them to your web browser, especially if you usually share your computer with others. Also, most extensions are designed by third-party developers and in case they’re not coded correctly, they can ruin your browsing experience and even impact battery life. Fortunately, you can block extension support in Edge browser.
There are two ways to disable extension support in Microsoft Edge browser: Using Group Policy and using Registry. Allow us to explain them in details.
Block Extension Support in Edge Browser
Using Group Policy
The easiest and simplest way to block the Edge extension support is to use the Local Group Policy Editor as long as you’re running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education. Let’s lay down the steps for you:
- Launch the Run command by pressing the Windows + R key combination
- Type gredit.msc and click on the Ok button to launch the Local Group Policy Editor
- Navigate to the Computer Configuration > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge section
- Find the option namely Allow Extensions at the right panel. Once found, double-click on it
- Now, you’ll be presented with the Policy Properties Select the Disabled radio button to block extension support in Edge and click on the Apply button
- Finally, click on the Ok button to save the changes
In order to make the changes take effect, you’ll need to force update Group Policy settings or restart your computer. You can force update Group Policy settings by opening the Command Prompt with admin rights and executing the following command:
Once done, you can no longer download extensions in the Edge browser. In fact, when you open the Settings menu in Microsoft Edge, you’ll see the Extensions option grayed out and no longer active.
In case you want to enable extension support in Edge in future, simply follow the aforementioned steps and select the Enabled option in the Policy Properties window.
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Have not found the access to the Local Group Policy Editor? Well, if so, chances are you’re running Windows 10 Home on your system. Don’t worry; you can still block extension support in Edge by editing the Registry.
A Word to the Wise: This is a friendly keepsake to let you know that editing the registry is quite perilous and it can cause permanent damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly. So, it’s recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding with the process.
Following the instructions below to block the install of extensions in the Edge browser by using the Registry method:
- Open the Run command by using the Win + R hotkey
- Type regedit and click on the Ok button to open the registry
- Navigate to the following path
You can also copy and paste the path directly into the address bar for a quick navigation.
- Right-click on the Microsoft folder and select the New > Key option
- Name the new key ‘Microsoft Edge’ and press the Enter key to confirm the new name
- Again, right-click on the newly created key Microsoft Edge and select the New > Key option
- Name the new key Extensions and press the Enter key
- Inside Extensions, right-click on the right panel and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option
- Name the new DWORD value ExtensionsEnabled and press the Enter key
- Double-click on the newly created DWORD and ensure that the value is set to 0
- In case the value data is set to 0, close Windows Registry
In this way, you can block the installation of extensions in Edge browser. In case you want to enable the extension support in the future, merely delete the DWORD value or change the value data from 0 to 1.
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