Browsers and Mail Add or Remove Search in Sidebar Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Microsoft has announced sidebar search - the first step in their evolution of contextual search in the new Microsoft Edge.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “Search in sidebar” from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There’s more – if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the “Open in new tab” button which opens the web results in a new tab.

See also:
If you do not want the "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus in Microsoft Edge, you can remove them using the DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed policy used in this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus.

This does not affect the "Search the web" for image context menu in Microsoft Edge.


EXAMPLE: "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus
Search_context_menu_in_Microsoft_Edge-1.png
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Here's How:

The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed DWORD

(delete) = Default - add
0 = Remove


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Add "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Search_context_menu_in_Microsoft_Edge_for_all_users.reg



3 To Remove "Search in sidebar" for text and image and "Search the web" for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Search_context_menu_in_Microsoft_Edge_for_all_users.reg



4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Thanks @Brink

I thought "Policy" in Edge is browser side settings! But it is based on OS (registry) settings. It would be perfect if Edge Policy be like Firefox "about:config" page! :sleep:
 

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@Brink … I applied the "key" but nothing (after restart)! :cry:

Hmm, it looks like it's no longer working for me anymore either. Odd, it worked yesterday. :confused:
 

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atinfo

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Hmm, it looks like it's no longer working for me anymore either. Odd, it worked yesterday. :confused:
Yesterday Microsoft was seeing my post, today decided to remove this option :rolleyes:

I don't know why Microsoft wants to force users to use "BING"! I am thinking about switching to "Chrome" again.

I had sent a feed before that but they don't want to see the user "Feeds"... :sleep: (if they search Google, not Bing, they would see how many people want to remove this option!)
 

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@atinfo,

Ok. It still works. :p

You have to use DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed exactly with the capital letters or it will not work.
 

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@atinfo,

Ok. It still works. :p

You have to use DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed exactly with the capital letters or it will not work.
They are watching us :LOL: They have heard of "Chrome" :ROFLMAO:
 

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atinfo

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LOL more :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: They have disabled both options, they hate "Google" :ROFLMAO:

By applying this policy (Reg Key) it also disables "Search the web for …" option!!!
Microsoft says: You should use my "Bing" or nothing else in my Edge :rolleyes:

I hate Edge, I'll switch to "Chrome" :sneaky:
 

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Hi, have you guys find another way to search sidebar with Google instead of Bing? Bing sucks and totally outperformed by Google, but Microsoft keep on foisting upon us to search through that!

So far I have tried everything. but instead of removing Bing the registry removes option to sidebar search altogether!

Please let me know if there is anything I can do, thanks.
 

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