Microsoft Edge is a cross-platform web browser especially developed for Windows 10 users. It was previously known as Microsoft Internet Explorer for older generation Windows. Though Microsoft has tried to implement this web browser to compete with other browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, it seems that the Microsoft Edge doesn’t get that popularity or response. Just like other browsers, Microsoft Edge also offers almost every feature including a printing option. But somehow users don’t find the way to Enable or Disable Printing in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10. If you’re also looking for the same, check out this full guide.
Microsoft Edge allows users to print web content by default which includes printing web pages, PDF files, and other content. But if in case, you want to turn on or turn off this printing option in your Microsoft Edge browser then there are a couple of ways to do this. You can use a new Allow printing option of the group policy to enable or disable Microsoft Edge users from printing web content. Prior to jumping into the guide below, make sure that your Windows account has administrator access.
Enable or Disable Printing in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
So, you’ll need to go to the Control Panel on your Windows system > Click on User Accounts > From the right side, you’ll be able to see whether your username is showing as an Administrator or not. If not, then you can click on Change your account type and give it admin access.
There are two ways to enable or disable printing in Microsoft Edge such as using the Local Group Policy Editor or using a Registry file. If you can see the Print option from your Microsoft Edge menu on a webpage that means the printing feature is already enabled on your system. But if the Print option is not available to use (faded out) that means it’s disabled.
1. Using Local Group Policy Editor
Note: The Local Group Policy Editor is only available for the Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education edition. If you’re using any other Windows edition, make sure to follow the second method only (using registry editor).
- Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
- Now, select Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin).
- Once the command prompt window opens, type gpedit and hit Enter to open up the Local Group Policy Editor interface.
- Then navigate to the following location from the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge
- Once you select Microsoft Edge, plenty of settings or options will appear in the right pane.
- Just double-click on the Allow Printing policy to edit it.
- You have to either click on Enabled or Disabled according to your preference.
- Click on Apply to save changes and select OK.
- If in case, the Microsoft Edge browser is already running, close all tabs and fully exit the browser.
- Finally, restart the browser and you’re good to go.
2. Using Registry Editor
If you want to use the Registry Editor method to enable or disable the Microsoft Edge printing then follow the below steps. If the Local Group Policy Editor isn’t available for your Windows edition, follow this method.
- Press Windows + R keys to open up the Run dialog box.
- Now, type regedit and press Enter to open up the Registry Editor.
- The User Account Control (UAC) may ask you to give access. Click on Yes.
- Once the Registry Editor window opens, navigate to the following location from the left pane:
- Once you select Main, you will see plenty of policies at the right pane.
- Double-click on AllowPrinting > A new small window will appear.
- Here you have to type any of the following value data according to your choice:
- If you want to Enable Printing, then type delete in the value data field.
- If you want to Disable Printing, then type 0 (numeric zero) in the value data field.
- Once done, click on OK to save changes.
- Close the Registry Editor window and restart your computer.
- Finally, you can check your Microsoft Edge browser for the Print option whether you’ve enabled or disabled it.
However, if you’re not a tech enthusiast or not able to perform the above steps, don’t worry. We have also provided you downloadable .reg files that you can easily run on your Windows. Make sure to download the file what you want to do.
Just download the proper registry file and do the following.
- Once you’ve downloaded a registry file, move it to your desktop.
- Double-click on the file to merge it.
- If prompted by UAC, click on Yes and then OK.
- If the Microsoft Edge browser is already running, close all tabs and exit it.
- Restart the browser and you’re done.
That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful. For further queries, you can comment below.