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How to remove the Microsoft Edge Feedback Smiley

Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser displays a smiley icon in the browser’s toolbar right now. A click on the icon opens the “send feedback” popup that you may use to provide feedback to Microsoft; the functionality makes sense considering that the browser is still in development and that bugs are to be expected in these pre-release builds.

Microsoft provided builds for Windows 10 first but Edge is now also available for Mac OS X and Windows 7 / Windows 8.1.

There is no option to hide the smiley icon from the Microsoft Edge toolbar, at least none that is attached to the button or Edge itself. Right-clicking on the button does nothing, and since it is not possible to modify icons placed on the toolbar at all in Edge, it is necessary to look elsewhere if you want to hide the icon in Edge.

The recently leaked Stable build of Microsoft Edge hides the icon and it is likely that it remains that way. A guide to remove the icon is still useful considering that Microsoft will continue to use development channels after Edge Stable has been released.

Tip: Microsoft released a preview of Edge policies recently.

Removing Feedback from Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge smiley feedback icon

A value in the Windows Registry determines whether Microsoft Edge displays the feedback icon or not. It is easy enough to modify the value to hide or show the icon. Please note that the change impacts the option to send feedback via the Edge Menu or the keyboard shortcut Alt-Shift-I as well. If you hide the icon, sending feedback is no longer possible using these options.

Here is how that is done:

  1. Open Start, type regedit.exe, and load the Windows Registry Editor from the list of search results.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftEdge
  3. Check if the Dword UserFeedbackAllowed exists under Edge.
    1. if it does, go to 5.
    2. if it does not, right-click on Edge and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Name it UserFeedbackAllowed.
  4. Double-click on UserFeedbackAllowed and give it the value 0.

Restart Microsoft Edge if it was open; the Smiley icon should be gone from the toolbar. Just delete the Registry value if you want to restore the functionality.

Now Read: How successful will the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser be?

I have created a Registry file that you can run on your computer to make the change without having to edit the Registry manually. Just download the following file and run Edge Feedback Removed or Edge Feedback Restored to hide or show the icon in the Edge toolbar.

Note that you need to accept the UAC prompt and the warning prompt to make the change in the Registry.

Click on the following link to download an archive with the show and hide Registry scripts to your local system:
edge.remove.smiley.zip

Closing Words

I understand why Microsoft wants user feedback but I’d like to see an option to easily remove the feedback icon from the main toolbar for usability purposes.

Now You: Do you ever send feedback to companies? (via Deskmodder)

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