How to Enable/Disable Visual Search Button in Microsoft Edge

Bing’s visual search is now being integrated into Microsoft’s Edge browser. A dedicated visual search button now appears when you hover over photographs, in addition to, the ability to search images through a right-click context menu option.

What is Visual Search?

Visual search is a Microsoft Edge feature that allows you to search for photos from websites using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. The feature, which is built into the Edge browser, will be useful for anyone who frequently searches photographs for the source or similar images. We’ve covered how to enable or disable visual search in Microsoft Edge in this article.

How to Enable/Disable Visual Search in Microsoft Edge

Step 1: Press the Windows + S on your keyboard and type Edge. Click on the Edge icon to open the browser.


Step 2: Next, click on the three horizontal dots located on the top right corner and choose Settings from the dropdown list.


Note: If you do not see the Settings options, then scroll down the dropdown menu till you see it.

Step 3: When you click on the Settings, a new tab will open in the Edge browser and you have to click on the Appearances tab in the left panel.

Appearances tab

Step 4: Scroll down the options in the right panel and locate the Context Menu heading. You will find an option beneath labeled as Visual Search.

Step 5: Click on the Visual Search Option and turn on the toggle button for “Show visual search in the context menu”.  This will allow the user to get the Visual Search option in the right-click menu.

Visual Search option

Step 6: Now turn on the toggle button labeled as “Show visual search on picture hover” and you can search an image match on Bing by just hovering your mouse cursor over it.

Note: If you do not see the Visual Search option in the Appearances Settings, then you can copy and paste the path below in a new tab of Microsoft Edge. Follow steps 5 and 6 to enable Visual Search.


Else, you can use the below link if your Edge version does not support Visual Search.

See it, search it | Bing Visual Search

Visual search

How To Use Google Chrome For Visual Search

If you’re a Google Chrome user looking for a comparable function, you’ll be pleased to learn that it already exists. Google Lens functionality was added to Chrome desktop starting with Chrome 92. You can utilize the “Search images with Google Lens” function, which is accessible from the right-click context menu, to search for images using Lens or Google Images reverse image search.

You can also make a right-click on any image in the google chrome browser and then choose “Search Google for this image option”.

Search Google for this image option

If you have the image on your disk, then navigate to the Google Images Official website and click the camera icon. You will get options to either paste the image URL or upload it from the disk.

Google Images

The Final Word On How to Enable/Disable Visual Search In Microsoft edge

On Edge, visual search makes it simple to look up images. It is, however, not the only choice available to you. You can always use Chrome to search images for you under reverse image search. With the all-new Edge built on the Chromium model, it has now become an efficient browser with some functions surpassing Google Chrome itself. However, the final choice remains with you.

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