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Whether you’re ready or not, many companies around the world have decided that artificial intelligence is the technology that will drive our future. One of the industry leaders driving this technological evolution is Microsoft, which has built AI capabilities directly into its Edge browser in the form of the Discover button and a feature called Copilot.
What do Edge’s Discover and Copilot buttons do?
When you click the Discover button in Microsoft Edge, located in the sidebar in the upper right corner, a side panel will appear that will give you access to the Copilot feature (Figure A). Using the power of AI, Copilot provides intelligent suggestions and insights based on the context of the web page. Copilot is designed to help users write better emails, search the web faster, learn new skills, and improve the overall web browsing experience.
While still in preview mode in the Windows Insider program, Microsoft resisted comments asking for an easy method to disable or hide the Discover feature in the new Edge version. Microsoft eventually relented, and the March 2023 release of Edge added a way to hide the Discover button and its corresponding Copilot feature using standard settings. However, the procedure to accomplish this task is not as simple or straightforward as it could be.
Hide the Discover and Copilot button in Microsoft Edge
To hide the Discover button and its access to the Copilot feature in Microsoft Edge, you must first open the Settings window. With Edge open on any web page, click the ellipsis in the upper-right corner to open the context menu and select Settings from the list of items (Figure B).
In the left navigation bar, select the sidebar item (Figure C). In the Application and Notification Settings section of this page, select and click the Discover item.
When you click the Discover item, you’ll see a new settings page appear (Figure D). From here, you can select the appropriate toggle button to hide or show the Discover button in the Edge sidebar; show button is the default setting.
You can also use this settings page to enable or disable the ability to display related content or access systems that provide content-based experiences.
With Discover turned off, the button will be removed and hidden the next time you open Microsoft Edge.
Should you hide the Discover and Copilot button in Microsoft Edge?
The decision on whether you want to hide the Discover and Copilot button in Microsoft Edge is up to you. After an initial learning curve, Microsoft Edge’s Copilot feature might turn out to be more useful than initial impressions might suggest.
If you are a tech-savvy user of Microsoft Edge, you may have noticed the ‘Discover’ and ‘Copilot’ buttons at the top of the browser window. These buttons provide convenience when navigating the web but they can also be distracting. That’s why many users are looking for a way to hide the Discover and Co-pilot buttons in Edge.
At Ikaroa, we understand the importance of remaining focused while browsing the internet and that’s why we are here to provide a solution. Below are the steps you can take to hide the Discover and Copilot buttons in Microsoft Edge.
First, open the Edge browser and click on the Settings and more (three-dot) icon located at the upper right hand corner of the browser.
Next, choose the View Advanced Settings option and scroll down to the Show the Co-pilot and Discover buttons options.
Then, uncheck both boxes next to the Show the Discover and Co-pilot buttons option.
The Discover and Co-pilot buttons should now be hidden from the Edge window.
By following these steps, you can conveniently hide the Discover and Copilot buttons from the Microsoft Edge browser and resume undistracted browsing as desired.
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