On Windows, you will need to use the Registry Editor to remove Bing Chat from Edge. On macOS, you must run a command in the Terminal.
As promised, Microsoft added the new Bing AI Chat to Edge. The Bing icon lives in the top right corner of the Edge browser window, and Microsoft has made it annoyingly difficult to disable. We’ll show you how to turn it off.
The Bing AI Chat button was added to Microsoft Edge 111. The update includes the new “Discover” sidebar as well, which Microsoft also refers to as “Edge Copilot.” The sidebar can easily be turned off, but the Bing Chat button is harder to get rid of. If that wasn’t annoying enough, it opens even if you just hover your mouse cursor over it.
However, the most egregious thing about the Bing Chat button is there’s no way to turn it off in the Edge settings. You’re simply stuck with it—unless you make a registry edit. That’s how we’ll remove it.
How to Remove the Bing Button in Edge on Windows
You can remove the Bing button by editing your registry. There’s no graphical setting in Edge to disable it.
First, open the Start Menu and search for “Registry” to find and open the “Registry Editor.”
Next, navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft in the left sidebar.
Right-click on a blank space in the “Microsoft” folder and click New > Key. Name the subfolder “Edge.”
Now, in the “Edge” subfolder you just created, right-click and select New > DWORD. Name it “HubsSidebarEnabled.”
Right-click “HubsSidebarEnabled” and select “Modify.” Make sure the value data is set to “0” and click “OK.”
Now, open Microsoft Edge and navigate to
edge://policy. Click “Reload Policies.”
The Bing button (and sidebar) will disappear immediately!
It’s very frustrating that you have to go to these lengths to remove the button, but it does work.
How to Remove Bing Button in Edge on Mac
On a Mac, you can use a command to disable the Bing button instead.
First, open the “Terminal” app. Copy and paste the following command and hit Enter:
open -n -a "Microsoft Edge" --args --disable-features=msEdgeSidebarV2
Microsoft Edge will open, and the Bing button should be gone! Make sure Edge is completely closed and run the command again if it’s not.
Thankfully, it’s a bit more straightforward to remove the button on Edge for Mac, but it’s still annoying. Microsoft has added a lot of features to Edge over time, and it’s become a bit bloated. Not allowing people to choose whether they want features or not is another step in the wrong direction.