Remove Placeholder Text from Search Bar in Microsoft Edge

How to remove the 'Search or enter web address' placeholder text from Microsoft Edge Search Bar



  1. Regedit32
    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 (Text):
    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 (Text):
    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 (Text):
    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 (Text):
    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 (Text):
    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 (Text):
    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.


    Regards,

    Regedit32
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