Disable Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge using Registry or Group Policy in Windows


Developer tools is a feature on every browser for performing tasks like viewing HTML tags, Javascript, and CSS and you can instantly make some changes and see the effect on the front-end. With this tool, you can troubleshoot a bug in a code and try to see where and how to fix it. It is a very important tool for every developer and in this article, I will be showing you how to disable the developer tools in Microsoft Edge if you decide to do that. If you want to read more on Microsoft Edge check these: How to enable Adblocker on Microsoft Edge, Remove all cookies: How to remove third-party cookies from Microsoft Edge, How to Add or Remove Sites from the Favorites List in Microsoft Edge, How to Block downloads on Microsoft Edge using GPO on Windows Server 2019 and 2022, Install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu: How to install and remove Microsoft Edge Browser on Linux.

Disable Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge

To do this, launch Microsoft Edge and click on ellipses (…). Click on More tools and then select Developer Tools as shown below.


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1: Disable Developer Tools in Edge using Registry

Once you disable DevTools, you won’t be able to use it and it is something you can also enable anytime. Follow these steps to disable DevTools via Registry:

  • Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in the search box.
  • Navigate to the Microsoft folder. This is the path below:
  • Create Edge key under Microsoft.
  • Create DeveloperToolsAvailability DWORD (32-bit) value

Now double-click on DeveloperToolsAvailability. You will see a small box, put 2 in its Value data, and click the OK button.


After doing this you can either restart your computer or restart the Microsoft edge browser and you will notice that the Microsoft Edge has been disabled or grayed out.


To enable the Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge back. Just follow the above steps, and either delete the DeveloperToolsAvailability value or set its Value data to 0.

2. Disable Developer Tools in Edge using Group Policy Editor

You can also disable or turn off Developer Tools in Edge using the Local Group Policy Editor. What you need to do first is adding the Group Policy Template for Edge. Once this is completed then, the following steps will help.

  • Type gpedit in the search box and press the Enter button.
  • Navigate to Microsoft Edge under Classic Administrative Template.
  • Open Control where developer tools can be used setting.

Select the Enabled option.
Choose Don’t allow using the developer tools from the drop-down list, and then click the OK button.


Here is a YouTube video on how to disable Developer Tools in Edge using Registry or Group Policy in Windows.

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