If you find the new visual image search feature in Microsoft Edge too taxing on your system, easily disable it.
Have you ever come across a photo while surfing and wished you could search for it on the internet? I know I have. I was recently reading a pet blog where I came across this very cute puppy but couldn’t make out what its breed was. And there was no information on the blog. That’s where the ‘Visual Image’ feature in Microsoft Edge comes in handy.
The Visual Image feature lets you pick up random images that you might find on the website you are surfing and search for them on the internet. When you search for an image using this feature, you get reverse image search results directly from your Edge browser.
But while it is a great feature, it’s not useful for everyone. And if you too find it unnecessary, it’s completely understandable wanting to disable it in the pursuit of making your browser experience as efficient as possible. Up until now, you had to manually enable the feature to use it so it didn’t cause a problem. But it seems that now Microsoft is imposing the feature on its users by enabling it automatically. Since the feature is enabled by default in the Microsoft Edge browser, you’ll have to disable it manually. Let’s take a look at how to do it.
Disabling the Visual Image Search in Microsoft Edge
There are two ways you can perform a visual image search in Edge – from the Visual Image Search option that appears by hovering on an image or from the right-click menu. You can either disable both or only one of these.
First, launch the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.
Now, click the ‘Settings and More’ icon (3 dot menu) in the top right corner of the window.
Next, from the menu, select the ‘Settings’ option.
Settings would open in a new tab.
Now, from the navigation menu on the left section of the window, locate and click on the ‘Appearance’ option.
Next, scroll down and locate the ‘Context menus’ subhead.
In the ‘Context menus’ subhead, click on the ‘Visual search’ option.
Next, toggle the bar next to the ‘Show visual search in the context menu’ option to disable the Visual search option when you right-click any image on the browser.
You can further customize your experience by disabling the toggle button next to the ‘Show visual search on image hover’ option. This feature works on only a few sites but significantly affects your usage.
Also, if you wish to disable the Visual search feature for some specific sites, you can use the ‘Add’ button.
After clicking on the ‘Add’ button, you would notice a pop-up that would allow you to enter the URL of the site that you wish to block for the Visual search feature. Enter the URLs of the site where you want to block the feature one by one using this option.
That’s it! It’s that simple to disable the Visual Image search feature in Microsoft Edge. Use this to make your browsing experience more customized, fluid, and efficient.