Remove Placeholder Text from Search Bar in Microsoft Edge

Remove Placeholder Text from Search Bar in Microsoft Edge


Depending on which Build of Windows 10 and which version as a result of Microsoft Edge you are using you will in both cases see some placeholder text in the Search bar, or your Address bar if its set for web searching.

That text reads 'Search or Enter web address' and appears like so in Edge:

Either:

placeholder1.png


Or:

placeholder2.png



With a couple of simple Registry tweaks you can remove the placeholder text.

  • Close all instances of Edge browser that are currently open
  • Press your Windows key + S together to give focus to your search box
  • In the search box type command
  • In the search results locate then right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • Click Yes when the User Account Control appears
  • Now in the Administrator: Command Prompt console type or copy & paste the following two commands [ pressing Enter after each command ]
Code:
REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI" /v HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnStartPage /t REG_DWORD /d 1
Press Enter key

Code:
REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI" /v HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnNewTabPage /t REG_DWORD /d 1
Press Enter key
  • Type exit then press Enter to close the console
Now when you open Edge the placeholder text will not appear.

Sample of result

placeholder3.png


Note: To reverse these changes simply:
  • Close all instances of Edge browsers open
  • Return to the Administrator: Command Prompt and type or copy & paste the following two commands (pressing Enter key after each command):
Code:
REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI" /v HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnStartPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0
Press Enter key

Code:
REG ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI" /v HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnNewTabPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0
Press Enter key

Type exit then press Enter key to close the console.

If you would prefer to delete the new DWORDs instead (which will also reverse the changes just made) then use these two commands instead:

Code:
REG DELETE "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI" /v HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnStartPage
Press Enter key

Code:
REG DELETED "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI" /v HideAddressBoxPlaceholderTextOnNewTabPage
Press Enter key

Type exit then press Enter key to close the console.


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