How to Turn On or Off Apps that Work with Websites in Windows 11

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The post describes how to enable or disable the “Apps for Websites” feature in Windows 11. This feature allows websites to open in associated apps instead of a browser, provided the app is installed and linked with the website. Users can manage this feature through the Windows Settings App, Local Group Policy Editor, or the…

This post explains how to turn on or off Apps for Websites in Windows 11.

Windows has a feature called “Apps for Websites” that associates websites so that when someone opens a link to a website, the app is launched instead of opening the browser.

This will only work if the corresponding apps are installed and web-to-app linking is associated with websites that want to use them. If an app is not installed and you open a link to the site, it will launch in the browser as usual.

Windows lets users turn on or off web-to-app linking for an individual app or enable or disable the feature entirely.

Below is how to do that.

Turn on or off Apps for Website in the Settings app.

As described above, you can turn on or off web-to-app linking from the “Apps for Websites” settings panel in the Windows Settings app.

To do that, first, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the Settings app. Or press the keyboard shortcuts (Windows + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Settings app opens, click the Apps button on the left.

windows 11 settings apps on menu
Windows 11 settings apps on menu

On the right, select the Apps for website tile to expand.

Windows Apps for websites tile
Windows Apps for websites tile

On the Apps --> Apps for website settings panel, switch buttons to toggle On or Off for each web-to-app linking.

Windows Apps for websites turn on or off
Windows Apps for websites turn on or off

Exit the Settings app.

Enable or Disable Apps for Websites via the Local Group Policy Editor

You can use the Local Group Policy Editor to disable or entirely enable Windows’s Apps to Websites feature.

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Then expand the following folders Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy.

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Group Policy

Next, click on the Group Policy folder on the left panel, and double-click the setting on the right called “Configure web-to-app linking with app URI handlers” to open.

Windows Apps for websites settings in group policy editor
Windows Apps for websites settings in the group policy editor

When the setting window opens, select one of the options:

  • Not Configured – Same as enabled.
  • Enabled – Will enable web-to-app linking.
  • Disabled – Will disable web-to-app linking.
Windows Apps for websites settings in group policy editor options
Windows Apps for websites settings in group policy editor options

Save your settings and restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Turn on or off web-to-app linking via the Registry Editor

Yet another way to turn on or off the Apps for Websites feature in Windows is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, use the Windows Registry editor instead.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

If you don’t see the System folder key, right-click on the Windows key, then create the subkey (System) folders.

Windows Apps for websites settings via registry editor
Windows Apps for websites settings via registry editor

Right-click the System folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named EnableAppUriHandlers.

Double-click the new key item name (EnableAppUriHandlers) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data, making sure you keep your existing value:

  • To turn this feature on. Type 1.
  • To turn this feature off. Type 0.
Windows Apps for websites settings via registry editor value data
Windows Apps for websites settings via registry editor value data

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/launch-resume/web-to-app-linking

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