Prevent Microsoft Edge from adding a desktop shortcut in Windows 11

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The article provides a guide on how to stop the Microsoft Edge browser from automatically creating a desktop shortcut each time it updates in Windows 11. This can be accomplished by adjusting settings within the Windows registry, specifically by creating a new value named “RemoveDesktopShortcutDefault” and setting its value data to “1”. A system restart…

This article explains how to stop or disable the Microsoft Edge browser from automatically creating a desktop shortcut in Windows 11.

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.

Microsoft wants you to use their Edge browser over others, so every time Edge is updated, a shortcut will automatically be created on the desktop if there’s none already there.

Deleting or removing the shortcut from the desktop will automatically get recreated when Edge is updated again. You can stop that, and the steps below show you how.

Disable Edge from creating desktop shortcuts in Windows 11

The Microsoft Edge browser will automatically create a desktop shortcut, as described above. Even if you delete it, a new shortcut will be created the next time Edge is updated.

Here’s how to stop it.

First, open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\EdgeUpdate

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

Windows Edge disable shortcut on desktop
Windows Edge disables the shortcut on the desktop.

On the right pane of the EdgeUpdate folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, type a new key named RemoveDesktopShortcutDefault.

Double-click the new value name (RemoveDesktopShortcutDefault) and enter the Value data of 1 to disable Edge from automatically creating desktop shortcuts.

Value data of 0 will allow Edge to continue creating desktop shortcuts automatically every time.

Windows Edge disable shortcut on desktop registry value data
Windows Edge disables the shortcut on desktop registry value data

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

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to stop the Microsoft Edge browser from creating a desktop automatically. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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