If you have Windows 10 1703 or newer your Internet Explorer will have a “Edge Tab” to the right of your “new tab” tab. This means people will frequently launch the Edge Browser when they are really trying to open a new tab. Microsoft calls this ‘assisting people to migrate to the new Edge Browser’. I call it obnoxious and want to remove it so I can keep our corporate standard of a single browser, IE11, for at least another year.
To disable the Edge icon from Internet Explorer 11 you can:
- GUI: Internet Explorer > Click the Cog in the top right corner (TOOLS) > INTERNET OPTIONS > ADVANCED >HIDE THE BUTTUN (…) THAT OPENS EDGE
- REGISTRY: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > POLICIES > MICROSOFT > INTERNET EXPLORER > MAIN > regdword “HideNewEdgeButton” = 1
- GPO: USER CONFIGURATION > POLICIES > ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > INTERNET EXPLORER > INTERNET SETTINGS > ADVANCED SETTINGS > BROWSING > HIDE THE BUTTON (next to the New Tab button) THAT OPENS MICROSOFT EDGE
To get the GPO to function you need to have the 1703 or newer ADMX templates which you can download directly from Microsoft HERE.