[Windows 10 Tip] Disable Extensions in Microsoft Edge Web Browser

Recently an AskVG reader asked us about restricting users from installing extensions in Microsoft Edge web browser in Windows 10 operating system, so today we decided to publish this tutorial so that interested people can take help of this guide.

When Microsoft released Windows 10 Anniversary Update to public, it came with extensions support for Microsoft Edge web browser. Now you can download and install useful extensions from Windows Store in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Anniversary Update and later builds.

But sometimes you may want to disable this new extensions feature and prevent other people from installing unwanted extensions in Microsoft Edge web browser.

This tutorial will help you in completely disable extensions feature in Microsoft Edge. After following this tutorial, users will be unable to use extensions feature in Microsoft Edge web browser under Windows 10 Anniversary Update build or later. The Extensions option in Edge menu will get disabled and it'll show "Your organization doesn't allow extensions" error message as shown in following screenshot:

Extensions_Menu_Disabled_Microsoft_Edge_Windows_10.png

You can disable Extensions feature in Microsoft Edge using following 2 methods:

  • METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc)
  • METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (Regedit.exe)

So without wasting time let's start the tutorial:

METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc)

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type gpedit.msc in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.

2. Now go to:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Microsoft Edge

3. In right-side pane, double-click on "Allow Extensions" option and set it to Disabled.

Disallow_Extensions_Microsoft_Edge_Windows_10.png

Apply the changes and it'll immediately remove the extensions feature in Microsoft Edge web browser.

PS: If you decide to re-enable extensions in future, double-click on "Allow Extensions" option and set it to Not Configured again.

METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (Regedit.exe)

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

3. Under Microsoft key, create a new key and set its name as MicrosoftEdge

4. Now create another new key under the new MicrosoftEdge key and set its name as Extensions

So the final path would be:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Extensions

5. Now select Extensions key and in right-side pane, create a new DWORD ExtensionsEnabled and set its value to 0 to disable extensions feature in Microsoft Edge web browser.

Disable_Extensions_Microsoft_Edge_Windows_10.png

NOTE: If you want to re-enable extensions feature later, either delete the ExtensionsEnabled DWORD or set its value to 1 and it'll immediately enable extensions feature.

PS: If you are not familiar with Registry editing and want a ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script to Disable Extensions in Microsoft Edge

BONUS TIP:

If you want to disable Microsoft Edge web browser in Windows 10, following guide will help you:

[Windows 10 Tip] Remove Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Contact Support and Feedback Apps

Also Check:

[Windows 10 Tip] Disable "About:Flags" Page in Microsoft Edge Web Browser





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  • Hi VG,
    Since I've the clutter free LTSB version ..I dont have the edge app but is there a way to get it separately ?

  • VG

    ^^ No. Afaik not possible.

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