How to Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable screen edge swipe in Windows 11. Windows edge swipe feature lets you swipe in from a screen edge to bring up different system UI elements. This can be useful for users with portable touchscreen devices.

When you swipe from the right edge of your screen, it opens the Notification Center. If you do the same from the left side, it opens Windows Widgets.

Although this feature is useful in some situations, it can get in the way of daily operations and become annoying. If you end up swiping accidentally and it’s becoming a nuisance, below, we’ll show you how to easily disable.

On the other hand, if you want to enable screen edge swipe to quickly access specific system UI elements with a simple swipe, you can use the steps below also to enable.

How to turn on of off screen edge swipe in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows edge swipe feature lets you swipe in from a screen edge to bring up different system UI elements.

Below is how to quickly enable or disable it in Windows 11

In Windows 11, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below. Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Edge UI

In the Edge UI details pane on the right, local and double-click the setting Allow edge swipe.

windows 11 disable or enable screen edge swipe

In the Allow edge swipe setting window, set the option to Enabled.

windows 11 enable allow edge swipe

Select OK.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

If Allow edge swipe is enabled and you want to disable it via the Local Group Policy Editor, then go to the policy path below:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Edge UI

Locate and double click on Allow edge swipe settings, then set the option to Not configured.

windows 11 disable allow edge swipe

You can accomplish the same via Windows registry. To do that, follow the steps below:

On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R to launch Run.

In the Run box, enter regedit and press Enter.

run windows registry

When Windows registry opens, navigate to the following key location:

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI

Set the value of the AllowEdgeSwipe DWORD to 0 to disable screen edge swipes.

After that, restart Windows Explorer, or restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off screen edge swipe in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

3 Comments

  1. I’m on Windows 11 21H2 22000.739 and the registry entry doesn’t exist (anymore?)
    I’ve tried searching the registry for it, but to no avail, and all articles I can find on Google seem to reference this same solution.

    1. This doesn’t work. The key is there and set to 0 but didn’t stop the left edge swipe.

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