Address bar

Microsoft Edge, by default, shows a list of search suggestions in the address bar. You can minimize network connections from Microsoft Edge to Microsoft services by hiding the functionality of the Address bar drop-down list.

You can find the Microsoft Edge Group Policy settings in the following location of the Group Policy Editor unless otherwise noted in the policy:

      Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\

Allow Address bar drop-down list suggestions

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1703 or later
Default setting: Enabled or not configured (Allowed)

Microsoft Edge shows the Address bar drop-down list and makes it available by default, which takes precedence over the Configure search suggestions in Address bar policy. We recommend disabling this policy if you want to minimize network connections from Microsoft Edge to Microsoft service, which hides the functionality of the Address bar drop-down list. When you disable this policy, Microsoft Edge also disables the Show search and site suggestions as I type toggle in Settings.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled 0 0 Prevented. Hide the Address bar drop-down list and disable the Show search and site suggestions as I type toggle in Settings. Most restricted value
Enabled or not configured (default) 1 1 Allowed. Show the Address bar drop-down list and make it available.

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Allow Address bar drop-down list suggestions
  • GP name: AllowAddressBarDropdown
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/AllowAddressBarDropdown
  • Supported devices: Desktop
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/AllowAddressBarDropdown
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUI
  • Value name: ShowOneBox
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

Configure search suggestions in Address bar: By default, users cannot add, remove, or change any of the search engines in Microsoft Edge, but they can set a default search engine. You can set the default search engine using the Set default search engine policy. However, with this policy, you can configure up to five additional search engines and set any one of them as the default. If you previously enabled this policy and now want to disable it, disabling deletes all configured search engines.


Configure search suggestions in Address bar

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
Default setting: Not configured (Blank)

By default, users can choose to see search suggestions in the Address bar of Microsoft Edge. Disabling this policy hides the search suggestions and enabling this policy shows the search suggestions.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Not configured
(default)
Blank Blank Users can choose to see search suggestions.
Disabled 0 0 Prevented. Hide the search suggestions. Most restricted value
Enabled 1 1 Allowed. Show the search suggestions.

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Configure search suggestions in Address bar
  • GP name: AllowSearchSuggestionsinAddressBar
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/AllowSearchSuggestionsinAddressBar
  • Supported devices: Desktop and Mobile
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/AllowSearchSuggestionsinAddressBar
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\SearchScopes
  • Value name: ShowSearchSuggestionsGlobal
  • Value type: REG_DWORD