Microsoft Edge allows users to directly search for images instead of searching text on Bing. You can search for an image to find similar images on the web either by clicking on the square icon at the top right of images in your browser or by right-clicking on an image and selecting the visual search option .
However, the icon at the top right of the image can get in the way. For example, if you frequently capture images from the web, you might find it annoying that every time you hover over the image, it displays the visual search icon that also appears in the screenshot.
Luckily, it’s easy to turn off visual search. Here we are going to show you how to disable the feature.
How to Completely Disable Visual Search in Edge
If you’re wondering why we say “completely” it’s because this method effectively disables the visual search option. You will no longer be able to use the feature on Microsoft Edge. If you want to disable visual search only for certain websites, skip to the next section.
You can turn off visual search from Microsoft Edge settings. You can access visual search settings in Microsoft Edge by any of the following methods:
- Hover your cursor over an image. When the visual search icon appears, select the ellipsis and then click Settings.
- Select the ellipsis at the top right of Microsoft Edge and select Settings. Select Appearance from the left sidebar. Then click on Visual search from the right pane.
Disable called options Show visual search in context menu and Show visual search on image hover by disabling the buttons to their right.
This will disable visual search. You will no longer be able to use either method (context menu or image hover) to search for an image using the visual search feature on Edge.
How to Disable Edge Visual Search for Certain Websites
The visual search icon can be a bit annoying if you don’t use the feature too often, but you may still find it useful in some cases. For example, when shopping online, you might want to search for a specific product to see what’s out there.
Instead of disabling visual search for all websites, you can simply disable it for the websites you use most frequently, so that the visual search icon can no longer bother you. For example, you can disable visual search for Facebook or other social media websites.
Fortunately, Microsoft Edge has a built-in feature to exclude specific websites from using the visual search feature.
To add exclusions, you will need to access the visual search settings. As mentioned in the previous section, there are two ways to access visual search settings. Suppose you click the ellipsis under the visual search icon and select Settings.
Once you are in the visual search settings, scroll down and look for the option called Visual search disabled for these sites. Select the To add button next to the option.
You will see a pop-up window. Enter the URL of the website you want to exclude from using visual search and click To add. Keep adding other websites to the list based on your preferences.
When you’re done, navigate to one of the websites you added to the list. You should no longer see the visual search option.
Visual search disabled in Microsoft Edge
With visual search disabled in Edge, you’ll have a cleaner experience if the feature was bothering you. However, visual search is indeed a useful feature for those who need to perform image search frequently, so you can always turn it back on. Of course, Microsoft Edge also offers many other tricks to improve your user experience.