How to Permanently Disable Picture-in-Picture on Windows 11 [System Wide]

Adjust your browser settings to disable the PiP button

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  • This is built-in browser feature, and it's not possible to completely disable it.
  • However, it's possible to permanently hide the video popup button with our solutions.

PiP mode can be distracting, especially if you’re trying to focus on an important task, and this is why many users want to disable picture in picture on Windows 11.

By disabling this feature, you won’t have to deal with any popouts, so let’s see how we can disable it.

How do I know if PIP is installed on Windows 11?

PiP is a browser feature and it’s installed automatically on all modern web browsers. It’s not a native feature of Windows 11, and only a handful of applications support it.

How do I disable PiP on Windows 11?

1. Disable it in the Edge browser

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top right and choose Settings.
  2. Navigate to Cookies and site permissions in the left pane. In the right pane, choose Picture in picture control to open picture-in-picture settings.
  3. Lastly, disable Show Picture in the picture control inside of the video frame.

Keep in mind that this method will hide the popup, but not disable the feature. Instead, it will be hidden in the right-click menu.

2. Disable it in Firefox browser

  1. Click the Menu icon, and navigate to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Browsing section.
  3. Disable the Enable picture-in-picture video controls.

Just like with Edge, this will hide the popup button, but the feature will still be there in the context menu.

Keyboard shortcut options for enabling/disabling PiP mode

  • There’s no shortcut to enter or exit PiP mode in Edge. You can use the Picture in Picture Button extension to assign this functionality to Alt + P.
  • For Firefox, the shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + }.
  • There are no shortcuts for mobile, and to enable it you need to go to Apps > Special app access > Picture-in-picture and select the app that you want to use this feature.

Video player controls inside video frame for enabling/disabling PiP mode

  • As for control inside the video frame, there are usually the play and pause buttons in PiP mode.
  • There’s no option to disable the PiP window, but you can exit it right from the player.
  • In addition to these features, Firefox allows you to mute videos or manually seek them.

While it’s not possible to disable picture in picture system wide on Windows 11, you can do it individually for each browser. In case you aren’t familiar with this feature, we have a great guide on how to use picture in picture in Edge or how to enable video poput in Chrome.

Do keep in mind that picture in picture is not working on YouTube sometimes, but we have a guide that addresses it.

How do you turn this feature off on your PC? Let us know in the comments section.

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