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.
To help resolve URL typos in the address bar that result in a website error, Microsoft Edge may recommend a corrected URL using the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting powered by Link Doctor. When a website navigation error occurs (ex: "bimg.com"), Microsoft Edge sends the domain of the web address to the Microsoft service to suggest a corrected URL (ex: "bing.com"). Microsoft Edge does not include identifiers or tokens with the domain. If the service finds a suggestion, it returns the suggested URL. Microsoft stores the incorrect domain and suggested domain to help improve the service. To help you navigate to the correct sites, the feature is turned on by default.
- Suggest similar sites | Microsoft Edge Privacy Whitepaper | Microsoft Docs
- AlternateErrorPagesEnabled | Microsoft Edge - Policies
EXAMPLE: "Hmm... can't reach this page" error with "Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found" turned on and off
Turn On or Off "Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found" in Microsoft Edge Settings
Open Microsoft Edge.
Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots), and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Privacy, search, and services on the left side, and turn On (default) or Off Suggest similar pages when a webpage can't be found for what you want under Services on the right side. (see screenshot below)
If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.
You can now close the Settings tab if you like.
Enable or Disable "Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found" in Microsoft Edge for All Users using a REG file
You must be sign in as an administrator to do this option.
This option uses the AlternateErrorPagesEnabled policy to enable or disable Microsoft Edge to issue a connection to a web service to generate URL and search suggestions for connectivity issues such as DNS errors. If you enable this policy, a web service is used to generate url and search suggestions for network errors. If you disable this policy, no calls to the web service are made and a standard error page is shown. If you don't configure this policy, Microsoft Edge respects the user preference set in Option One.
The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.
(delete) = Default
0 = Always disabled
1 = Always enabled
Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.
This step will force the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting in Option One to always be turned on without users being able to change this setting.
This step will force the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting in Option One to always be turned off without users being able to change this setting.
This is the default setting.
This step will allow users to use Option One to turned on and off the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting in Microsoft Edge.
Save the .reg file to your desktop.
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.
You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.