How to Enable/Disable Visual Search Button in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft is currently working on integrating Bing’s visual search into its Edge browser. Along with the ability to search for images via an option in the right-click context menu, there is now also a dedicated visual search button that appears when hovering over images. In this article, we have detailed the steps to enable or disable visual search in Microsoft Edge.

Enable/Disable Visual Search in Microsoft Edge (2022)

What is visual search in Microsoft Edge?

Visual Search is a Microsoft Edge feature that lets you search for images from websites on Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Integrated into the Edge browser, this feature will be useful for anyone who frequently searches for images for the source or searches for similar images.

Microsoft has been testing the visual search feature since Edge 96, but has now enabled it by default with Edge 99. As of this writing, Microsoft Edge 99 is in the Canary channel. We expect the feature to make its way to the Stable Channel in later updates. To learn how to enable or disable the feature, follow the steps below right now.

Enable visual search in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Edge, click on the horizontal three-dot menu in the upper right corner and select “Settings” to access Edge settings.

access edge settings

2. Switch to the “Appearance” tab in the left sidebar and click on “Visual search” under the “Context menus” section.

visual search edge

3. Now, enable toggles “Show visual search in context menu” and “Show visual search on image hover”. While the former adds the ability to perform a visual search from the right-click context menu, the latter gives you the ability to hover over any image to search for it on Bing.

enable visual search edge

Disable visual search in Microsoft Edge

1. Click on the horizontal three-dot menu in the upper right corner of the Edge browser and select “Settings” in the context menu to open Edge’s settings page.

access edge settings

2. Go to the “Appearance” section in the left sidebar and click on “Visual search” to access controls to disable visual search on Edge.

visual search edge

3. Here, turn off the “Show visual search in context menu” toggle to remove the visual search option from the right-click context menu. In the same way, you need to disable the toggle “Show visual search on image hover” to get rid of the visual search button on images in Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser.

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Disable visual search for specific websites in Microsoft Edge

If you want to disable the display of the visual search button when hovering over images on a specific set of websites, you can do that too. Follow the instructions below to learn how it works:

1. Open visual search settings by going to Settings -> Appearance and click the “Add” button next to the “Visual search is disabled for these sites” option.

disable visual search for specific sites

2. You should now type or paste the website URL you want to disable visual search. After entering the URL, click on the “Add” button, and you are ready. The browser will no longer display the visual search button on that specific website.

add a site to the exceptions list

3. If you change your mind later, click the trash can icon next to a website name to make visual search work on that website again. You may consider disabling visual search on cloud storage websites to avoid accidentally searching for your personal images.

remove visual search exception

Edge visual search alternative for Chrome Desktop: Google Lens

search image with google lens

If you’re a Google Chrome user who wants a similar feature in their web browser, you’ll be glad to know it already exists. Starting with Chrome 92, Google added support for Google Lens to the Chrome desktop. Accessible from the right-click context menu, you can use the “Search images with Google Lens” feature to search for images using Lens or Google Images reverse image search.

Try Visual Search in Microsoft Edge

Visual Search makes it easy to find images on Edge. However, this is not the only option you have. For similar alternatives, you can check out our article on the best reverse image search apps and websites. And for more useful Edge features, be sure to check out our article on the best Edge tips and tricks.

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