Blocking certain websites is a necessity in some cases as you may not want children to access certain content on the internet, for instance.
While it’s fairly easy to block websites on other browsers, this operation is not as obvious on Microsoft Edge.
Currently, there is no direct option allowing you to block certain websites on Edge, as Microsoft is still tweaking and upgrading its browser.
Redmond didn’t introduce such a feature on the Anniversary Update, scheduled for July 29 2016 and also not after, letting users to search for alternatives to block unwanted websites on Microsoft Edge.
How do I block websites on Microsoft Edge?
1. Block from drivers
- Go to C: – >Windows -> System32 -> Drivers
- Find and select the hosts file. To make the search easier, go to Drivers, press CTRL+F and type “hosts”. Then double click on the search result.
In case you encounter access issues, you need to edit the permission level.
Go to Properties > Switch to Security Tab > Under Permissions for System, click Advance button > Select Add -> Select Principle -> Under Enter the subject name, add your Windows username.
4. To block a specific website, add the following sequence on the Notepad hosts file: 127.0.0.1 the website‘s address.
Example: 127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
There is no limit in regards to the number of websites you can block. Simply type the sequence 127.0.0.1 followed by the website‘s address, press Enter to go to the next row and type a new sequence.
5. Save and Close the Notepad hosts file.
If you try to access one of the websites you put on the block list, Edge will inform you it can’t reach that page.
The good news is that this method blocks the respective websites on other browsers as well.
2. Use a blocking tool
Also, you can use a program which will block the unwanted websites and content for more browsers, including Microoft Edge.
FocalFilter is a free tool that will help you focus on your work by blocking websites that could distract you.
It is simple to use, just copy the adress of the site into FocalFilter and set up a timer for the period you want a certain site to be blocked.
If the temptation is too big, the app has a response for this. You can’t modify the settings of FocalFilter before the timer runs out, and uninstalling the program will not remove the blocks.
Meanwhile, you can use the Feedback Hub and request Microsoft to add a native Edge feature to allow the blocking of websites.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.