How to Stop Microsoft Edge from Running in the Background on Windows

Introduction

By default, when you close Microsoft Edge, the web browser can continue running in the background. While this likely won’t be a big deal for more powerful computers, this could have a meaningful negative impact on less-powerful computers. Thankfully, regardless of your situation, Microsoft makes it easy to stop Microsoft Edge from running in the background on your Windows computer.

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Steps to Stop Microsoft Edge from Running in the Background on Windows

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge web browser on your computer. You’ll land on your Microsoft Edge home screen.
  2. Click the ellipses icon in the top right corner of the screen to open a menu, and then click “Settings” in that menu.
Click the ellipses and then click Settings.
  1. Select “System and Preference” in the list of options on the left side of the screen. System and Preference options are shown on the right side of the screen.
Select System and Preference in the list of options on the left side of the screen.
  1. Find the System section, and then click to toggle off “Continue Running Background Extensions and Apps When Microsoft Edge is Closed.” Microsoft Edge will no longer continue running in the background on your computer when the app is closed.
Toggle off Continue Running Background Extensions and Apps When Microsoft Edge is Closed.

Reasons to Stop Microsoft Edge from Running in the Background in Windows

1. Performance Issues

Microsoft Edge running in the background can impact your computer’s performance. It uses system resources like RAM and CPU power. High usage of these resources can slow down your machine. This is especially noticeable in older or low-spec computers. Stopping Edge from running in the background can free up resources. This allows other applications to run more smoothly. You’ll notice a marked improvement in system performance.

2. Battery Life

Running Microsoft Edge in the background consumes battery power. This can affect the battery life of your laptop. A browser operating in the background is always performing tasks. These include loading web pages or downloading updates. By stopping Edge from running, you can conserve your battery power. This extends the time you can use your laptop unplugged.

3. Data Usage

Background processes in Microsoft Edge can consume data. This can be an issue for those with limited internet plans. Edge pre-fetches web pages, syncs settings, and bookmarks. All these tasks use data. Stopping Edge from running in the background can save valuable data. This reduces the likelihood of exceeding your data limits.

4. Privacy Concerns

Microsoft Edge, like most browsers, syncs browsing data to its servers. This raises privacy concerns for some users. By running in the background, Edge can continuously sync data. This includes browsing history, saved passwords, and other sensitive information. Stopping Edge from running in the background can alleviate these concerns. It provides more control over your personal information.

5. Interference with Other Programs

Microsoft Edge can interfere with other programs when running in the background. This is often due to notifications from websites. If you’re using a full-screen application or game, these notifications can be disruptive. Stopping Edge from running in the background can prevent this interference. It ensures an uninterrupted experience with other programs.

6. Preference for Another Browser

If you prefer using another browser, you might not want Edge running in the background. By running in the background, Edge might default as the primary browser. This happens when you click links in other applications. Stopping Edge from running in the background ensures your preferred browser always opens links.

7. Reducing Clutter in Task Manager

Running Edge in the background adds to the processes in your task manager. This can create a cluttered and confusing view. Stopping Edge from running in the background streamlines your task manager. It makes it easier to manage and monitor your system processes. This can provide a clearer view of what’s happening on your computer.

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