How to Turn On or Off the Small Menu that Appears when You Highlight Text in Microsoft Edge

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The post describes how to enable or disable the Mini Menu feature in the Microsoft Edge browser. This feature, which shows a compact menu when text is selected, can be controlled via the browser’s ‘Appearance’ settings or through the Windows Registry Editor. Users can disable the Mini Menu for individual sites, without needing to turn…

This article explains enabling or disabling the Mini menu when selecting text in the Microsoft Edge browser.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. However, users can switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

The latest version of Microsoft Edge now comes with a built-in Mini Menu feature which appears as a minor or compact menu when you select some text on a webpage. This feature is enabled by default. However, you can quickly turn it off or back on anytime.

Edge will also allow you to add sites to the Mini menu “Disable sites” individually, so you don’t have to disable the Mini menu feature entirely.

Sites added to the “Disable sites” list will automatically turn off the Mini menu feature.

Turn on or off the Microsoft Edge Mini menu when selecting text on the web page

As described above, Edge has a Mini menu feature that automatically launches a compact menu when you select text on an online web page.

Here’s how to enable or disable it.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

Next, click on Appearance on the left panel.

microsoft edge settings appearance
Microsoft Edge settings appearance

On the Appearance settings page, under Context menus, select the tile “Show mini menu when selecting text,” then toggle the switch to the On position to enable.

To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off switch.

Microsoft Edge show mini menu when selecting text button
Microsoft Edge shows a mini menu when selecting the text button

Your changes should apply immediately. Exit and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Turn on or off the Mini menu in Edge via the Windows Registry Editor

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry editor to turn the Mini menu in Edge on or off.

To do that, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
microsoft edge show or hide the sidebar via the registry

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

Double-click the new item you created (QuickSearchShowMiniMenu) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data:

  • To turn this feature on. Type 1.
  • To turn this feature off. Type 0.
Microsoft Edge show mini menu when selecting text registry
Microsoft Edge shows a mini menu when selecting the text registry

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the Microsoft Edge Mini menu feature. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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