How to Enable or Disable Bing Chat AI from Taskbar Search on Windows 11

This tutorial will explore how to enable or disable Bing Chat AI from the Taskbar search on Windows 11. Microsoft has updated the search box experience in the Taskbar with the integration of a new Bing AI chatbot, although it is not technically integrated. Instead, the option sends your queries from the search box to the Bing Chat page using Microsoft Edge. If you’re not interested in this feature, you can disable it from the Taskbar and partially from the search home interface by turning off the search highlight functionality. Follow this guide to learn how to remove the Bing Chat AI feature from the Taskbar and partially from the search home interface on Windows 11.

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Windows Tutorial: Disable Bing Chat AI from Taskbar Search on Windows 11

To disable the Bing Chat icon on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings (three-dotted) button in the top-right corner.
  3. Select the Settings option.
  4. Click on System and performance.
  5. Turn off the Startup boost option.
Startup boost disabled
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  1. Right-click the app button in the Taskbar and select the “Pin to taskbar” option.
  2. Right-click the app button, right-click on Microsoft Edge, and select the Properties option.
Microsoft Edge app properties
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  1. In the “Target” setting, append the following option after a space: –disable-features=msUndersideButton
Microsoft Edge disable Bing with shortcut
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  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the next time you open Microsoft Edge, the Bing button will no longer appear in the top-right corner. However, the sidebar will continue to be available.


To disable the Bing Chat feature from Edge through the Registry, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry.
  3. Browse the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft
  4. Right-click the Microsoft key, select New, and click on Key.
Registry Edge key
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  1. Name the key Edge and press Enter.
  2. Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on DWORD 32-bit (Value).
Registry Edge hub sidebar key
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  1. Name the key HubsSidebarEnabled and press Enter.
  2. Double-click the newly created key and set its value to (if applicable).
Registry disable Bing Chat
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  1. Click the OK button.
  2. Open Microsoft Edge.
  3. Type the following path in the address bar and press Enteredge://policy
  4. Click the Reload Policies button.
Microsoft Edge reload policies
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After you complete the steps, Microsoft Edge should no longer show the Bing (Discover) icon or the sidebar.

Enable Bing Chat AI from Taskbar Search on Windows 11

To enable the Bing AI option to use the chatbot in the Taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy & Security.
  3. Under the “Windows permissions” section, click the “Search permissions” setting.
  4. Under the “More settings” section, turn on the “Show Search highlights” toggle switch to enable the Bing Chat AI in search.

Once you have completed the steps, the Bing Chat AI experience will be enabled in the Taskbar search box and the search home interface on Windows 11.

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an I disable Bing AI?

Yes, you can disable the Bing AI without any issues. It is not an essential component of Windows and is not required for its background. Disabling the AI should have minimal to no impact on your Windows 11 PC.

Can I keep widgets while disabling Bing AI from the registry editor?

Unfortunately, widgets rely on the web search API used across the entire taskbar. This includes the Start menu search, taskbar search box, and widgets. The method above disables this API from being used, which breaks functionality for all these three features. This is the reason why you can’t keep widgets enabled while disabling the Bing AI from your taskbar search box using the Registry Editor.

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Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of Easy Tech Tutorials, where I've demonstrated my passion for technology through extensive blogging. My expertise spans various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, with a focus on providing practical and valuable guides. Additionally, I delve into WordPress-related subjects. You can find more about me on my Linkedin!, Twitter!, Reddit

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