Remove 'Search Bing in sidebar' using policy, startup flag or registry

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Hello

 

We are asking to be able to remove the "Search Bing in sidebar" option in the context menu when text is selected.

 

I am aware of the possibilities given within Bing removal - Microsoft Tech Community however these only provide two options:

  1. Remove both the "Search the web for" and "Search Bing in sidebar" options
  2. Keep both

I am also aware that option one can be configured to use whichever search engine - however the "Search Bing in sidebar..." cannot be changed.

 

My attempts have included:

1. adding flags to the startup icon as follows:

Context menu items remain, including "Search Bing in sidebar..."

 

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Dev\Application\msedge.exe" --disable-features=msSidebarSearchAfterSearchWebFor,msSidebarSearchBeforeSearchWebFor

 

2. Action: Changing a registry key in, to Decimal 0

 

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge\DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed

 

Result: no searching options available on selecting text and opening context menu

 

 

In line with our corp. decisions we need to change this context menu item, and assistance with this would be appreciated.

 

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9 Replies

@jwebster Hi!  Just to confirm your question, you are looking for a way to disable "Search in sidebar for" but keep "Search the web for" enabled.  Is that correct?  

 

Do you have the default search provider set to something other than Bing?  

 

Also, can you share what version of MS Edge you are using?  Thanks! 

 

-Kelly

@Kelly_Y Hi :)

Is that correct?  

That's right - thank you for confirming.

 


Do you have the default search provider set to something other than Bing?  


I do yes. I've removed Bing from the list of search engines under Settings > Privacy, search and services > Address bar and search > Manage search engines
(to test it has been removed, made sure it is not within the list, screenshot 1) 

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Also, can you share what version of MS Edge you are using?  Thanks! 


I mainly use Version 96.0.1032.0 (Official build) dev (64-bit) day-to-day however this behaviour also occurs within Version 94.0.992.47 (Official build) (64-bit).

 

Let me know if I can help any further.

@jwebster Hi!  I'm checking with the team to see if they have any suggestions.  Thanks! 

 

-Kelly

@jwebster Hi, did you get anywhere? Am also trying to remove "Search Bing in sidebar..." but keep the "Search the web..." option.

 

Cheers.

@loyukfai I have not had any further information on this.

 

Hi @Kelly_Y could you help us with an update?

Thankyou

Jack

Hi!  I have not heard any updates yet but I just followed up with the team to check in :smile:  Thanks! 

 

-Kelly

Just wanted to chime in to say I also am looking for a solution, and really appreciate your updates on it! :)