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GPO / Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update Annoyance, Edge Tab in Internet Explorer

Microsoft would really like customers to use Microsoft Edge instead of Internet Explorer. But, for a lot of enterprises that’s just not acceptable due to lingering incompatibilities and remaining functionality issues with Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Creators Update is much better than in previous iterations, but it still has a bit to go before it becomes a reliable replacement for Google Chrome. Edge’s purported speed awards and much ballyhooed battery saving capabilities just aren’t enough for most – particularly for enterprises where end-users support tickets provide the final decision point.

Instead of producing the best browser on the market to get customers to switch, Microsoft is employing at least one other tactic that many companies are finding a bit annoying. Once Windows 10 Creators Update is installed, a new “Edge” tab is added to Internet Explorer – right next to the “open new tab” action on the tab bar. End-users are reportedly accidentally clicking this action tab which whisks the user away Microsoft Edge.

Fortunately, Microsoft has provided a way to eliminate this annoyance. You can do it a couple different ways.

First, in Internet Explorer itself, go to Settings – Internet Options and then the Advanced tab. Locate the Browsing section in the Advanced windows and put a checkmark beside the Hide the button (next to the New Tab button) that opens Microsoft Edge option.

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Secondly, you can also turn this off through GPO, but navigating to:

User Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Internet Explorer – Internet Settings – Advanced Settings – Browsing – Hide the button (next to the New Tab button) that opens Microsoft Edge 

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This policy setting allows you to manage if users can see the button (next to the New Tab button) that opens Microsoft Edge. If you enable this policy setting, the button to open Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer will be hidden. If you disable this policy setting, the button to open Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer will be shown. If you do not configure this policy setting, the button to open Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer can be configured by the user.

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