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How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10


Browser tooling has come a long way since the days of Internet Explorer! The Microsoft Edge Developer Tools are built with TypeScript, powered by open source, and optimized for modern front-end workflows.

The Microsoft Edge DevTools include:
  • An Elements panel to edit HTML and CSS, inspect accessibility properties, view event listeners, and set DOM mutation breakpoints
  • A Console to view and filter log messages, inspect JavaScript objects and DOM nodes, and run JavaScript in the context of the selected window or frame
  • A Debugger to step through code, set watches and breakpoints, live edit your code, and inspect your web storage and cookie caches
  • A Network panel to monitor and inspect requests and responses from the network and browser cache
  • A Performance panel to profile the time and system resources required by your site
  • A Memory panel to measure your use of memory resources and compare heap snapshots at different states of code execution
  • An Emulation panel to test your site with different browser profiles, screen resolutions, and GPS location coordinates

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for specific or all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge Developer Tools enabled and disabled
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Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


This option will override Option Two.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Three below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Microsoft Edge. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Microsoft Edge, double click/tap on the Allow Developer Tools policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

8. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen it to apply.






Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Three below.

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Microsoft Edge. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Microsoft Edge, double click/tap on the Allow Developer Tools policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

8. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen it to apply.






Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users using a REG file


This option will override Option Two.

The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\F12

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\F12

AllowDeveloperTools DWORD

(delete) = Enable
0 = Disable

1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Microsoft_Edge_Developer_Tools.reg

download


 3. To Disable Microsoft Edge Developer Tools for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Microsoft_Edge_Developer_Tools.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

8. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen it to apply.


That's it,
Shawn