Is there a way to tell optimizer not to use index for reads?

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Of course I can just drop and recreate or disable and rebuild it.
But for large tables it can take time, and for critical tables it can cause issues.
Is there any "more sophisticated" way to tell sql to keep index data(+ handle updates\inserts) without using it?
So if needed it can be "enabled" immediately?

How to solve :

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Other than using query hints to force different indexes, or using Query Store to force plans that don’t use the index, no. There’s no way to "hide" an enabled index from the query optimizer.

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