Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and all other modern browsers come with developer tools feature. It helps to go deep to access debugging tools and find and fix issues related to browser. This feature matters a lot to web developers and advanced users. We all can access it by pressing “F12” key or accessing More icon in Microsoft Edge, Tools menu in Chrome, etc. However, regular users like me and you, who don’t/rarely access dev tools, this feature doesn’t matter a lot. Therefore, many users keep away with such feature to avoid unwelcome changes. If you also want to do same, then this guide is definitely helpful for you. If you use Microsoft Edge as your default browser or use it frequently and want to turn off or disable F12 developer tools (or simply dev tools), then you can do this very easily using Group Policy Editor window.
Group Policy Editor window contains a Microsoft Edge folder having so many options. We have to access that folder and find the option that can help us disable developer tools in Edge browser. This doesn’t mean that we can’t access dev tools again in Microsoft Edge. We have the choice if we have to disable F12 dev tools in Edge browser permanently or temporarily. So enabling dev tools can also be done later.
Before moving further, do note that option to disable developer tools of Microsoft Edge works completely when you’re using Creators Update of Windows 10. This method doesn’t disable F12 dev tools if you’re running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Steps To Enable or Disable F12 Developer Tools In Microsoft Edge Using Group Policy Editor Window
1). First of all, you have to open Local Group Policy Editor. This is simple. You can use Win+R hotkey to launch Run Command and then type gpedit.msc in that box to open Group Policy. You can also type gpedit.msc in the Search box of Windows 10 to launch Group Policy.
2). After opening the Group Policy Editor window, find the Microsoft Edge folder. For your convenience, you may follow this path:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge
3). When Microsoft Edge folder is accessed, plenty of options will visible on the right portion. Among the list of those options, double tap on Allow Developer Tools option. It would be the 5th option in the list. You can see that in screenshot above.
4). A big window of Allow Developer Tools will open. That window contains 3 options: Not Configured, Enabled, and Disable. To block access to developer tools in Edge browser, click the radio button available for Disable option. After doing this, use Apply and OK buttons and close that window.
This is it! You have now disabled F12 developer tools of Microsoft Edge. If Edge browser is already opened, then you have to restart it for applying the changes successfully.
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5). When you have to access developer tools again, you can repeat step 1 to 4, but this time you need to click radio button of Not Configured or Enabled option available in Allow Developer Tools window.
Save changes and dev tools will be enabled again.
So this is how you can enable or disable F12 developer tools in Microsoft Edge browser. You can try this trick and also help others. I rarely use dev tools in any browser, therefore disabling it temporarily on Edge browser is fine for me.