How can I disable "Discover"`?

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- I can't disable it in the sidebar

- I can't remove the icon from the search-/icon bar.

- I can't remove it from the symbol bar

- I can't find any setting for this

So, how I can remove/disable "Discover"?  (The purple +, with a small yellow +)?

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Gave Edge a chance, wasted hours disabling annoying and unuseful features many times but this "Discover" and new search bar are limited.
Everything they release is just like forcing me to use them.
I will choose everything that Google develops if I can.
You can use option four or five in the tutorial below to remove the Bing Discover button from Microsoft Edge. Option four also disables the sidebar, but option five only disables the Bing Discover icon.
Yeah.... I don't know if Microsoft cares. But this was the last straw for me. Edge was one of the best browsers, and it was always a shocking thing to share. Yes. I use Edge, its actually better.

But they seem intent on constantly adding bloat, things we don't want, things enabled by default or with no other way to disable them. It was nice while it was new, but this latest forced addition made me switch.



Microsoft Cares enough to have added the ability to disable Discover in Edge. They introduced this in Canary (daily builds), it has not made it's way to: Dev, Beta or General Availability


Edge Canary Version 113.0.1742.0



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@dishcandanty  I wholeheartedly agree, I couldn't have been written this better. Totally on the same bandwagon as you.  Two years ago I even uninstalled Opera b/c I didn't care about it anymore.   Now, I'm just about to pull the trigger back. 


It's not only about the horrible Bing button, it is so many features that have been added, some shoved (I heard something about round borders, glad I haven't seen it), or the sidebar.  It's getting bloated.  It's not slow but not sleek anymore.  So, totally agree with the sentiment.

With the latest version of Canary, no "Show Discover" option, just for the sidebar

Which is great, don't get me wrong. But this is how it should have been introduced. Forcing a feature, that still months later does have an generally available disable is* a dealbreaker for me.

I don't see anything about their pipeline changing, to where this won't happen again. Again for me, it just feels like this is just expected now with edge. Which I'd rather use another browser than deal with it.

I'll never fault any software developer/development group for adding features. It would be foolish of them not to do so.

Sounds like the deal has been broken for you and you've moved on from Edge. That's your choice.
There is a big difference in 'adding features' and 'adding features'. There are many many instances where less is more. Regardless, I do think this situation was handled poorly.

The no Show option for Discover removes it with the Sidebar Shown or not Shown. You must turn the Sidebar back on after toggling this if you want the sidebar shown without the discover button. I have test this both ways just now.

I will note that my Edge Canary just updated a few minutes ago to: Version 113.0.1743.0
I think their handling of the situation is just fine. They have responded to user input and implemented a solution. Kudos to them for doing so.
Guys, I swear, the only possibility is that there's at least one manager at ms who's paid by Google with the mission to turn edge into IE 4.0. There's no way in this world a single person at ms, or anywhere else, thought this was a good idea. Kudos, every penny is well spent there. Goodbye edge
Right click on your Microsoft Edge's icon on the Desktop, Start Menu and Taskbar. Choose Open File Location. Right click on the Edge icon and hit Properties. In the top box called Target, you should see this? "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe"

Put in your mouse cursor and move it to the end of this line where it says .exe"

Put a space at the end of this where it says .exe" and paste this: --disable-features=msUndersideButton

So now it should look like this: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --disable-features=msUndersideButton

Now I had to do this in the Start Menu for my Edge. When I clicked on Edge on my Taskbar and my desktop, it still had the B. I did the Start Menu one first and then did the Desktop one second. I then checked them and the B was gone. The one in my Taskbar still had the B on it. I deleted it and then put it back on by right clicking my Desktop Edge icon and clicking on Move to Taskbar. Now all three of these Edge browsers lost their B discover icon in the top right.
"- I can't disable it in the sidebar"
For now you can. Sidebar - Settings (Gear icon) - Show or hide feeds - disable.