How to Remove the Copilot Button in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft logo on a blue background.

Key Takeaway:

  • To remove the Copilot button in Edge, open Edge, select the three dots in the top-right corner, choose Settings, select Sidebar in the left sidebar, choose Copilot on the right pane, turn off the Show Copilot toggle, and select Restart.

Ever wondered how to remove that bulky blue icon at the top-right of your Microsoft Edge browser? This AI-powered assistant, Microsoft Edge Copilot, allows you to perform tasks more conveniently. But sometimes, you don’t necessarily need it. Good thing you can remove it from Edge and give your browser a more decluttered look. Here’s how to do that on your Windows or Mac computer.

From Edge Settings (Windows and Mac)

One of the methods we’ll look into is removing the Copilot button from your Edge Settings. The steps are similar for Windows and Mac.

Turn to your taskbar and select the Windows icon. On the search field, type Microsoft Edge and click the Microsoft Edge icon (which resembles a single wave).

"Microsoft Edge" typed in Start menu search.

At the top-right corner, click the three-dot icon. Then, select Settings. Doing this should bring you to a new tab.

Three-dot menu and "Settings" highlighted in Edge.

From the left-side menu, select Sidebar. On the right pane, scroll down to the App and notification settings section. Then, in the App specific settings subsection, click Copilot.

"Sidebar" and "Copilot" highlighted in Edge Settings.

Toggle off Show Copilot to remove the button. The toggle bar should turn white. You should also see a Restart button, which you need to click to reopen Edge and bring the changes into effect.

"Show Copilot" toggle and "Restart" highlighted in Edge Settings.

To bring the Copilot button back on Edge, just toggle on Show Copilot. The button should now turn blue.

"Show Copilot" highlighted in Edge Settings.

Using Registry Editor (Windows)

An alternative method for removing the Copilot button is through Registry Editor. But beware because accidental changes to your registry can damage your Windows device. However, you should be fine if you follow the steps below carefully.

On your taskbar, click the Windows icon to open the Start menu. Type Registry Editor and click it from the search results. A User Account Control prompt will show up. Select Yes.

"Registry Editor" typed in Start menu search.

Once you’ve launched Registry Editor, copy and paste the following path in the tool’s path bar, then press Enter.


Path bar highlighted in Registry Editor.

Find the WindowsCopilot folder. If it’s missing, right-click anywhere on the Windows directory and choose New > Key.

Windows > New > Key highlighted in Registry Editor.

Rename the folder to WindowsCopilot, right-click it, and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

WindowsCopilot > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value highlighted in Registry Editor.

Name the new entry as TurnOffWindowsCopilot. Double-click the file, set the Value data to 1 and Base to Hexadecimal, and choose OK. Restart your PC after this step.

"Value data" and "OK" highlighted on the DWORD edit window.

If you change your mind and want the Copilot button back on your Edge browser, change the Value data to 0. Then, restart your computer.

"Value data" and "OK" highlighted on the DWORD edit window.

From Terminal (Mac)

The Edge Copilot button is present even on Mac. To remove it, first, close Edge if it’s running.

Acces the \Library path and create a new folder named Managed Preferences.

Click Spotlight (the magnifying glass icon) at the top-right corner of your screen. Type Terminal and select the Terminal app.

In the Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter to create a .plist file.

/usr/bin/defaults write ~/Desktop/ HubsSidebarEnabled -bool false

Move the .plist file into the \Library\Managed Preferences folder. Then, re-launch the Edge browser. The Copilot button should be gone by then.

If you want the Edge Copilot button back, move the .plist file out of the \Library\Managed Preferences folder. Restart Microsoft Edge on your Mac. And that’s all.