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Change Inactivity Timeout for Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge makes background tabs sleep after two hours of inactivity by default in order to free up resources for active tabs, new tabs, and other applications on your device. Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click/tap on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available.

When efficiency mode is turned on and active, the Put inactive tabs to sleep after the specified amount of time setting will always get set to 5 minutes of inactivity and grayed out. To set the amount of time using the sleeping tabs settings, turn off efficiency mode.

This tutorial will show you how to change the background tab inactivity timeout for sleeping tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Fade Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge makes background tabs sleep after two hours of inactivity by default in order to free up resources for active tabs, new tabs, and other applications on your device. Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click/tap on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available.

When efficiency mode is turned on and active, inactive background tabs will be put to sleep after 5 minutes or less.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off fade sleeping tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add and Remove Sites from Sleeping Tabs Exclude List in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge makes background tabs sleep after two hours of inactivity by default in order to free up resources for active tabs, new tabs, and other applications on your device. Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click/tap on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available.

To help you stay on task and limit potential compatibility issues, the following activities prevent sites from going to sleep:

  • The page is currently visible (active tab)
  • The page is currently holding a Web Lock or an IndexedDB transaction
  • The page is sharing its BrowsingInstance with another page
  • The page is your company‚Äôs internal (intranet) site
  • The page is currently being inspected by DevTools
  • The page is currently playing audio
  • The page is currently capturing a window or screen
  • The page is currently capturing user media (webcam, microphone, etc)
  • The page is currently being mirrored (casting, etc)
  • The page is on the user‚Äôs block list in Settings
  • The page is currently using WebUSB

When efficiency mode is turned on and active, inactive background tabs will be put to sleep after 5 minutes or less.

If you like, you can add sites you never want put to sleep in Microsoft Edge to an exclude list. Adding a site to the exclude list will prevent it from sleeping from the Sleeping tabs and Efficiency mode features.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove sites on an exclude list to the never put these sites to sleep in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge makes background tabs sleep after two hours of inactivity by default in order to free up resources for active tabs, new tabs, and other applications on your device. Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click/tap on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sleeping tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Efficiency mode is designed to help extend battery life. It minimizes power usage by reducing resource usage (CPU usage) through modifying certain tab activity on tabs you’re not interacting with and putting inactive background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes or less. Benefits may vary depending on your device, applications, and individual browser habits.

Although efficiency mode has advantages for battery-powered devices, it can also benefit desktop computers. Efficiency mode minimizes browser resource usage so the operating system can focus its resources on other running apps.

When your laptop enters battery saver mode, efficiency mode becomes active and is indicated by a filled heart pulse icon in your browser’s toolbar. Select the icon to see the current status of the mode in the Performance menu. You can also use this menu to change when efficiency mode becomes active.

How it works

  • Puts background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, if sleeping tabs is on
  • May cause videos to be less smooth, animations to slow down when you’re not interacting with the browser

You can select to use the following for efficiency mode:

  • Unplugged, low battery¬†– Efficiency mode is turned on and only active when your device is unplugged and¬†Battery Saver¬†is on to extend your battery life.
  • Unplugged¬†– Efficiency mode is turned on and only active when your device is unplugged to extend your battery life.
  • Always¬†– Efficiency mode is always turned on and active.
  • Never¬†– Efficiency mode is turned off.

When efficiency mode is active in Microsoft Edge, the Put inactive tabs to sleep after the specified amount of time setting gets set to 5 minutes of inactivity and grayed out.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Clarity Boost in Microsoft Edge with Xbox Cloud Gaming

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Microsoft has added a new exclusive Clarity Boost feature to Microsoft Edge that enhances console games with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Clarity Boost is a spatial upscaling enhancement that makes streaming games look clearer and sharper while playing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and 11. It uses a set of client-side scaling improvements to improve the visual quality of the video stream. Clarity Boost allows you to enjoy the most advanced games on the market and experience amazing graphics right from Microsoft Edge whether you are on your high-end PC gaming rig or your tablet.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and disable Clarity Boost while playing games with Xbox Cloud Gaming in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Efficiency mode for PC Gaming in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

When playing a game on your Windows PC, gamers want and deserve the best performance possible and that requires maximizing their PC resources for the gameplay experience. Through a new setting in Efficiency mode, Microsoft Edge helps improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to help keep games running fast and smooth by automatically reducing browser resource usage when a PC game is launched. With this feature, you do not need to close the browser to play and reopen it when you are done. As soon as you close the game, Microsoft Edge will exit Efficiency mode and get you right back to where you left off.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off use Efficiency mode for PC Gaming in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 11

A DNS (Domain Name System) resolver cache is a temporary database, maintained by Windows, that contains records of all your recent visits and attempted visits to websites and other Internet domains.

The Internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) to maintain an index of all public websites and their corresponding¬†IP addresses. Every time a user visits a website by its name (such as “tenforums.com”), the user’s web browser initiates a request out to the Internet, but this request cannot be completed until the website name is converted into an IP address.

This conversion process is called name resolution and is the job of DNS, but it takes time. A DNS cache attempts to speed up the process by handling the name resolution before the request is sent out to the Internet.

If the IP address of a website changes before your DNS cache updates, you may not be able to load the webpage. If you are running into a lot of Page Not Found errors and you know you are connected to the Internet, you could try flushing your DNS cache to have your computer request new information.

This tutorial will show you how to flush your DNS resolver cache in Windows 11, Windows10, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome.

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Turn On and Use Microsoft Edge Secure Network VPN Service

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Microsoft Edge helps keep you safe online. However, the networks you join may not be adequately secure. Microsoft Edge Secure Network can help you protect your device and sensitive data as you browse.

Microsoft Edge Secure Network is a service provided in partnership with Cloudflare.

How does Microsoft Edge Secure Network work?‚Äč

Microsoft Edge Secure Network:

Encrypts your connection: Encrypts your internet connection to help protect your data from online threats like hackers.

When using Microsoft Edge Secure network, your data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using a non-secure URL that starts with HTTP. This makes it harder for hackers to access your browsing data on a shared public Wi-Fi network.

Helps prevent online tracking: By encrypting your web traffic directly from Microsoft Edge, we help prevent your internet service provider from collecting your browsing data like details about which websites you visit.

Keeps your location private: Online entities can use your location and IP address for profiling and sending you targeted ads. Microsoft Edge Secure Network lets you browse with a virtual IP address that masks your IP and replaces your geolocation with a similar regional address to make it more difficult for online trackers to follow you as you browse.

Is free to use: Get 1 gigabyte of free data every month when you sign into Microsoft Edge with your Microsoft Account. See below instructions to turn on your Microsoft Edge Secure Network.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and use the Microsoft Edge Secure Network built-in VPN service to protect your browsing.

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Add or Remove Tabs on Microsoft Edge Bar

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

You can quickly adjust the content you see in Edge bar by clicking on the tab (icon) for your desired topic. By default, Edge bar includes tabs for your feed from MSN, Microsoft Bing, Outlook, and LinkedIn. You can add your own tabs on the side of the Edge bar that open the URL you want.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove tabs on the Edge bar for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Microsoft Edge Bar Layout

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Edge bar layout for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Open Microsoft Edge Bar at Windows Startup

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

You can use the WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup policy to enable or disable running the Edge bar at Windows startup for all users.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable running the Edge bar at startup for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Edge Bar in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

You can use the¬†WebWidgetAllowed¬†policy to disable the Edge bar feature in Microsoft Edge. If you disable this policy: The Edge bar will be disabled for all profiles. The option to launch the Edge bar from Microsoft Edge Settings will be disabled. The option to launch start the Edge bar at Windows startup (auto-start) will be disabled. The option to launch the Edge bar from Microsoft Edge “More tools” menu will be disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Edge bar feature in Microsoft Edge for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Open and Close Microsoft Edge Bar in Windows 10 and Windows 11

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to open and close the Edge bar from Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender PUA Protection in Windows 11

Potentially unwanted apps (PUA)¬†aren’t malware, but they might display advertising, use your PC for cryptomining, or do other things you’d prefer they not do. Potentially unwanted applications (PUA) are a category of software that can cause your machine to run slowly, display unexpected ads, or at worst, install other software which may be more harmful or annoying.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus blocks detected PUA files and any attempts to download, move, run, or install them. Blocked PUA files are then moved to quarantine. When a PUA file is detected on an endpoint, Microsoft Defender Antivirus sends a notification to the user.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus Potentially unwanted applications (PUA) protection in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect your device from malicious sites and downloads while you browse the web in Microsoft Edge.

You can turn on or off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge if wanted in Windows 11.

On = Warns users that sites and downloads are potentially dangerous but allows the action to continue while running in Microsoft Edge.

Off¬†= Turns off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, so a user isn’t alerted or stopped from downloading potentially malicious apps and files.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen determines whether a site is potentially malicious by:

  • Analyzing visited webpages for indications of suspicious behavior.
  • Checking the visited sites against a dynamic record of¬†reported¬†phishing sites.

If Microsoft Defender SmartScreen determines that a page is malicious, it will show a warning page to notify the user that that site is reported as unsafe. The next screenshot shows an example of a Microsoft Defender SmartScreen warning page when a user tries to open a malicious website.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Microsoft Edge Kiosk Settings in Windows 11

A single-app kiosk uses the Assigned Access feature to run a single app above the lock screen. When the kiosk account signs in, the app is launched automatically. The person using the kiosk cannot do anything on the device outside of the kiosk app.

If the kiosk app is closed, it will automatically restart.

When you are in kiosk mode, you can press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to exit kiosk mode.

If you selected the Microsoft Edge app to be used in kiosk mode, you can change the Microsoft Edge kiosk settings anytime you like.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Microsoft Edge kiosk app settings in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

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Add or Remove Sidebar in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

In the latest Microsoft Edge Insider CAN Channel version, Microsoft is experimenting with a new sidebar. The new sidebar appears on the right side of Microsoft Edge, and includes the Discover, Microsoft Rewards, Internet Speed Test, Games, and Microsoft 365 icons for quick access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the sidebar in Microsoft Edge for your account.

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The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Microsoft Edge includes internal URLs for pages that can be used to provide additional information or change browser settings.

This tutorial will provide you with a reference list off all internal page URLs for Microsoft Edge.

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Change what Alt+Tab Shows in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

You can select Alt+Tab to show:

  • Open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge¬†(default)
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows only

This tutorial will show you how to change what shows when pressing ALT+TAB to switch between open windows and tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 11.

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