The Windows 10 anniversary Update added a much-asked extension feature to Microsoft Edge browser. The Extension support now allows you to install your favorite extensions from the Windows store.
However, the extension support may not be of use to everyone or due to some reason you may want to disable it in Microsoft Edge.
So, in this post, I will show you how to disable the extension in Microsoft Edge. Doing this, no one will be able to install any extension in Microsoft Edge on your computer.
Why do you want to Disable Extension in Microsoft Edge?
You may have an organization, and you don’t want your employees to install any unwanted extension. Or you want to prevent someone else from installing Microsoft Edge extension on your computer.
There are two ways to disable extension support in Microsoft Edge. Both involves some tinkering with your registry and group policy editor. So let’s get started.
Method 1: Disable Extension using Registry Editor
Open Registry Editor. To do this, press Windows key + R, type regidit.exe in the Run box and hit enter. If asked to provide admin access, do it.
Next, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft.
Now you need to create a new Key under Microsoft. To create a new key, right-click on Microsoft, select New and then select Key.
Enter MicrosoftEdge as the name for the key.
Next, right-click on MicrosoftEdge key and create another key named Extensions.
Right-click on Extensions key and select New >> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Make sure the value is set to 0 in Data column.
Now open Microsoft Edge web browser, click on the Menu (Three dots) icon. Scroll to the extension, and you will see the error message saying “Your organization doesn’t allow extensions.”
That’s it. You have successfully disabled Extension feature in Microsoft Edge.
Method 2: Disable Extension Using Group Policy Editor
You can also disable the extension in Microsoft Edge using the Group Policy Editor. Here is how to do it.
Press Windows Key + R to open Run dialogue box. Type gpedit.msc and hit enter. It will open Group Policy Editor.
From the Group Policy Editor, navigate to, Computer Configuration >> Administrative Template >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Edge.
Select Microsoft Edge, In Right-side pane, find Allow Extensions.
Double Click on Allow Extensions and it will open properties. Select Disabled from the window and click OK to save the settings.
If you want to enable the extension support, then double-click on Allow Extensions and select Not Configured.
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That’s it! You have successfully disabled extension in Microsoft Edge. If you open Microsoft Edge, you will see that the extension option has been grayed out.