How to turn off sidebar on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has too many annoying sidebars, but you can disable them with these easy steps.

Microsoft Edge disable sidebar

Microsoft Edge has two sidebars, including the one on the right side that features shortcuts to many Microsoft products, such as search, tools, games, and Outlook, and the one that only appears on the left side and includes shortcuts to Office applications.

Although these sidebars may work for some people, they’re not for everyone since they add unnecessary distractions, take up a lot of space, and only seem to be tactics to promote more of the company’s services.

If you are a Microsoft Edge user and don’t find these features useful, you can easily disable them.

This guide will teach you the steps to disable the sidebars on Microsoft Edge.

Disable sidebar on Microsoft Edge

To disable the Edge sidebar, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button.

  3. Select the Hide sidebar option.

    Edge hide sidebar

Alternatively, you can also click the “Hide sidebar” button at the bottom of the bar. You can also use the Ctrl + Shift + / keyboard shortcut to quickly enable or disable the feature. Or you can disable the sidebar by turning off the toggle switch from the “Appearance” settings page.

Disable Office sidebar on Microsoft Edge

To disable the Office sidebar for new tabs on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the New tab button.

  3. Click the Page settings button in the top-right corner.

  4. Turn off the Office sidebar toggle switch.

    Edge disable Office sidebar

Once you complete the steps, the sidebar will no longer be available when opening new tabs.