Open Sites in Apps is a brand new feature of Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10. In case, you’re not a great fan of this feature, then you can easily turn it off.
Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10. When its first version is released by the Microsoft it has fewer features which were not sufficient to convince users to ditch other modern browsers. The developers behind Edge browser is working hard to add new features to it.
In Edge browser, you can now install extensions, you can import bookmarks to Edge and there are lots of features which Edge dev team has introduced in it. Starting with the Windows 10 Build 15014, the company has introduced a new feature in the Edge browser named as Open Sites in Apps.
When you enable the Open Sites in Apps feature in Microsoft Edge browser uses a web-to-app linking to correlate an application with a website. Now what that mean is that when you click the links to sites that support web-to-app linking will launch the page in the respective app user interface.
How to Disable Open Sites in Apps in Edge in Windows 10
Open Sites in Apps is really a useful feature and is available for Universal Windows Platform apps.
By default, this feature is enabled in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10. In case, you want to turn off or on, then here is what you need to do:
1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser.
2. Click on the More action (…) icon available on the top right side of the browser window.
3. In the Settings pane, Click on Settings option available at the last in the list of options
4. Here scroll down until to “Advance settings” section and click on the button which reads “View advanced settings”
4. In the Advance settings pane, turn off the option which reads “Open sites in apps” switching a toggle.
If you want to manage what websites to open in the application, then you can also click on the “Choose what sites open in apps” button.
Alternatively, you can launch the same settings page by visiting Settings -> Apps -> Apps for Websites.
Simply turn off or on the sites which you want to launch the in the applications
This functionality to open websites in apps was first introduced in Windows 10 build 14342, but at that time there was not an application available which support this feature. But currently, at the time of Windows 10 build 15014 such applications like Facebook apps support this feature.
Again, this feature when enabled will launch the web page in the application or a special page of the application may open instead of launching the browser.
In case, the application is not installed on your computer, then the web page link will open normally in the web browser just like other links. You can disable this feature using the steps mentioned above.
Alternatively, you can enable and disable this feature right from the Registry editor. Here is what you need to do:
Disable Open Sites in Apps in Edge in Windows 10 using Registry Editor
1. Launch the Registry Editor. For that, type regedit in the start menu search bar. When regedit command available in the search result, click to launch it.
When UAC dialog box appears, click Yes to continue.
2. In the Registry Editor address bar, type the following address to jump to the specific quickly:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wek yb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\AppLinks
3. To turn off Sites in Apps feature in Edge browser, create or modify the 32-bit DWORD value named as Enabled and set it Value data to 0.
You can set it Value data to 1 if you enable this feature again.
Note: If you’re using Windows 10 64 bit version, still you need to create or modify 32-bit DWORD value.
Why don’t you try this new feature in the Edge browser and let me know your thoughts in the comment section?