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How to Disable Extension Support on Microsoft Edge

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How to Disable Extension Support on Microsoft Edge

How to Disable Extension Support on Microsoft Edge

Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update was released and Microsoft Edge got extensions support. On Microsoft Edge, extensions are small applications you can plug into the browser to add new features or change and enhance existing functionality to improve the overall experience.



If extensions on Microsoft Edge is your least favorite feature, or if you're sharing your computer and you don't want other people adding new extensions, you can disable the feature on Microsoft Edge in at least two different ways.




Block Edge Extensions Using the Registry Editor

Here is how to use the Registry Editor to prevent installing Edge extensions:

1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.

2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.

3. Browse the following path:

Code:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft


4. Right-click the Microsoft (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

5. Name the new key MicrosoftEdge and press Enter key.

6. Right-click the MicrosoftEdge (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

7. Name the new key Extensions and press Enter key.

8. Inside Extensions, right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.



9. Name the new DWORD ExtensionsEnabled and press Enter.

10. Double-click the newly created DWORD and make sure the value is set to 0.



11. Click OK.

After you have completed the steps, you won't be able to use or install extensions on Microsoft Edge, and the Extensions item in the settings menu will also be disabled in the web browser.

You can at any time revert the changes by following the same steps, but on step No. 10 change the DWORD ExtensionsEnabled value from 0 to 1.





Block Edge Extensions Using the Local Group Policy Editor

If you’re using Windows 10 Pro or higher, you can configure the setting using the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). The above registry setting corresponds to the Allow extensions group policy, located under the following branch:

Code:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge


This setting lets you decide whether employees can load extensions in Microsoft Edge. If you enable or don’t configure this setting, employees can use Edge Extensions. If you disable this setting, employees can’t use Edge Extensions.


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