Books Library

Microsoft Edge decreases the amount of storage used by book files by downloading them to a shared folder in Windows. You can configure Microsoft Edge to update the configuration data for the library automatically or gather diagnostic data, such as usage data.

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 a shared books folder

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1803
Default setting: Disabled or not configured (Not allowed)

Microsoft Edge does not use a shared folder by default but downloads book files to a per-user folder for each user. With this policy, you can configure Microsoft Edge to store books from the Books Library to a default, shared folder in Windows, which decreases the amount of storage used by book files. When you enable this policy, Microsoft Edge downloads books to a shared folder after user action to download the book to their device, which allows them to remove downloaded books at any time. For this policy to work correctly, you must also enable the Allow a Windows app to share application data between users group policy. Also, the users must be signed in with a school or work account.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled or not configured
(default)
0 0 Prevented. Microsoft Edge downloads book files to a per-user folder for each user. Most restricted value
Enabled 1 1 Allowed. Microsoft Edge downloads book files to a shared folder. For this policy to work correctly, you must also enable the Allow a Windows app to share application data between users group policy, which you can find:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Package Deployment\

Also, the users must be signed in with a school or work account.


Allow a shared books folder

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Allow a shared Books folder
  • GP name: UseSharedFolderForBooks
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

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

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\BooksLibrary
  • Value name: UseSharedFolderForBooks
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

Allow a Windows app to share application data between users: With this policy, you can configure Windows 10 to share application data among multiple users on the system and with other instances of that app. Data shared through the SharedLocal folder is available through the Windows.Storage API. If you previously enabled this policy and now want to disable it, any shared app data remains in the SharedLocal folder.


Allow configuration updates for the Books Library

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1803 or later
Default setting: Enabled or not configured (Allowed)

Microsoft Edge automatically updates the configuration data for the Books library. Disabling this policy prevents Microsoft Edge from updating the configuration data. If Microsoft receives feedback about the amount of data about the Books library, the data comes as a JSON file.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled 0 0 Prevented. Most restricted value
Enabled or not configured
(default)
1 1 Allowed. Microsoft Edge updates the configuration data for the Books Library automatically.

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Allow configuration updates for the Books Library
  • GP name: AllowConfigurationUpdateForBooksLibrary
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

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

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\BooksLibrary
  • Value name: AllowConfigurationUpdateForBooksLibrary
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

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Allow extended telemetry for the Books tab

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1803 or later
Default setting: Disabled or not configured (Gather and send only basic diagnostic data)

By default, and depending on the device configuration, Microsoft Edge gathers basic diagnostic data about the books in the Books Library and sends it to Microsoft. Enabling this policy gathers and sends both basic and additional diagnostic data, such as usage data.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled or not configured
(default)
0 0 Gather and send only basic diagnostic data. Most restricted value
Enabled 1 1 Gather all diagnostic data. For this policy to work correctly, you must set the diagnostic data in Settings > Diagnostics & feedback to Full.

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Allow extended telemetry for the Books tab
  • GP name: EnableExtendedBooksTelemetry
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

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

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\BooksLibrary
  • Value name: EnableExtendedBooksTelemetry
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

Always show the Books Library in Microsoft Edge

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1709 or later
Default setting: Disabled or not configured

Microsoft Edge shows the Books Library only in countries or regions where supported. With this policy, you can configure Microsoft Edge to show the Books Library regardless of the device’s country or region.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled or not configured
(default)
0 0 Show the Books Library only in countries or regions where supported. Most restricted value
Enabled 1 1 Show the Books Library, regardless of the device’s country or region.

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Always show the Books Library in Microsoft Edge
  • GP name: AlwaysEnableBooksLibrary
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

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

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main
  • Value name: AlwaysEnableBooksLibrary
  • Value type: REG_DWORD