General Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable screen edge swipe for all users in Windows 11.

If your Windows 11 device has a touchscreen, you can swipe in from a screen edge to invoke a system UI below.
  • Swipe in from the right side edge of your screen to open the Notification Center (Win+N).
  • Swipe in from the left side edge of your screen to open Widgets (Win+W).
Reference:


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable screen edge swipe.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe using REG file




Option One

Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Edge UI

edge_swipe_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Edge UI in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow edge swipe 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 Enable Screen Edge Swipe

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

edge_swipe_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Screen Edge Swipe

A) Select (dot) Disabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

edge_swipe_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

8 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe using REG file


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

2 Enable Screen Edge Swipe

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_screen_edge_swipe_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\LockDown\AllowEdgeSwipe]
"value"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI]
"AllowEdgeSwipe"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI]
"AllowEdgeSwipe"=-

3 Disable Screen Edge Swipe

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

Disable_screen_edge_swipe_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\LockDown\AllowEdgeSwipe]
"value"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI]
"AllowEdgeSwipe"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\EdgeUI]
"AllowEdgeSwipe"=dword:00000000

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 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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thank you so much! this saves so much aggravation when I'm trying to scroll through an article and the panel slides in from the side 😁
 

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Unfortunately, I was hoping this would disable the edge swipe from the touchpad as well, which is where I'm having issue as it's a tiny touchpad and I keep minimizing everything.

Is there an equivalent regedit for the touchpad? I don't seem to have 'touchpad' in the settings so I can't enable or disable any gestures.
(it's a Chuwi Hi10 XR 10inch tablet with keyboard)
 

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Actually, it looks like the touchpad behaves as a mouse, and the edge commands are sent as keystrokes!

This fixed it:
"
The only way I've found to defeat these is to override the shortcut key combos themselves by setting up an "AutoHotKey" script (search for autohotkey if youre not sure what this is) putting this in the script should stop this behaviour, but still allow touchscreen gestures to work:

#d::return
#a::return
#tab::return
#b::return
"
 

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Hey again Brink! Sorry, I'm confused here...so, to "Disable" this setting, via GPO, we have to set it to "Enabled"? Sorry, am I just reading this wrong or is the screenshot simply wrong in the write-up? It looks like the registry files are accurate, as compared to the GPO setting.
 

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Hey again Brink! Sorry, I'm confused here...so, to "Disable" this setting, via GPO, we have to set it to "Enabled"? Sorry, am I just reading this wrong or is the screenshot simply wrong in the write-up? It looks like the registry files are accurate, as compared to the GPO setting.

Hello, :alien:

You would indeed want to select "Disabled" to disable the feature.
 

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Hello, :alien:

You would indeed want to select "Disabled" to disable the feature.
Thank you sir! It looks like the screenshot is incorrect in the write-up, but the written instruction just above it screenshot is correct. Sorry, I missed that. Thanks for your assistance!

A) Select (dot) Disabled. (see screenshot below)

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.
edge_swipe_gpedit-3-png.17483
 

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Thank you sir! It looks like the screenshot is incorrect in the write-up, but the written instruction just above it screenshot is correct. Sorry, I missed that. Thanks for your assistance!

It was a mistake that's now corrected. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
 

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Hello,
I have tried both ways and it won't stick. I am using a wireless keyboard that has a mouse pad and the side swipe is still present after rebooting.
Any suggestions?
Version 10.0.22621 Build 22621
Keyboard - Logitech K400r
 

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Hello,
I have tried both ways and it won't stick. I am using a wireless keyboard that has a mouse pad and the side swipe is still present after rebooting.
Any suggestions?
Version 10.0.22621 Build 22621
Keyboard - Logitech K400r

Hello, and welcome. :alien:

I'm afraid this only affects swiping from the edge on the physical touchscreen instead.

You might check your mouse pad settings to see if there may be a setting to disable this.
 

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    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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Huge thank you to Brink! I used the REG file method, restarted, and it's fixed for me.
This issue has been driving me insane for a long time, I tried a jillion other things from across the web, this was the first one that worked. You have my infinite thanks! :thumbsup:
 

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Huge thank you to Brink! I used the REG file method, restarted, and it's fixed for me.
This issue has been driving me insane for a long time, I tried a jillion other things from across the web, this was the first one that worked. You have my infinite thanks! :thumbsup:
:shawn:
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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