In Microsoft Edge, the Address bar (Search box) always shows the placeholder text “Search or enter web address”. If you find this distracting, here is a way to remove the default placeholder text and make it appear blank.
Note: Information in this article does not apply to the new Microsoft Edge (Chromium). It’s applicable to the old Microsoft Edge browser only.
Remove Edge Search box placeholder text
1. Open the Registry Editor (
2. Go to the following branch:
3. Create the following
4. Set the value data for the above values to
5. Exit the Registry Editor, and open Microsoft Edge web browser.
You’ll see that the search box placeholder text is not gone!
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.