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How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Starting with Microsoft Edge build 88, Microsoft is experimenting with a new feature called startup boost to improve the Microsoft Edge browser startup experience. Startup boost launches a set of Microsoft Edge processes in the background, so Microsoft Edge will become available more quickly when launched. The browser will launch in the background when you sign in to your device and continue running when you close all browser windows.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off startup boost for the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

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How to Reset Sync in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Signing in to Microsoft Edge with a Microsoft account allows you to sync your browsing data across all your signed-in devices.

If you are having problems syncing browser data across your signed-in devices, you try resetting sync.

Resetting sync will delete your browsing sync data from Microsoft servers. Browsing data on your devices will not be deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to reset sync in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Reset Sync in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Signing in to Microsoft Edge with a Microsoft account allows you to sync your browsing data across all your signed-in devices.

You can enable the Enable reset sync experimental flag in Microsoft Edge to allow users to delete sync data from Microsoft servers with the Reset sync button.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable reset sync in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Pin and Unpin Favorites in Microsoft Edge Chromium

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge now has a new favorites experience that gives you the benefits of the favorites full page with an ease of access dropdown from the toolbar. Here you can edit, organize, or even search your favorites in-line without having to go to the full page experience.

You can now also pin your favorites open in a pane along the right side of the browser. This allows you to see your favorites while you browse and helps you stay more productive during those times where you need frequent access to your favorites.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin favorites in a pane on the right side of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow Extensions in InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium

You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.

InPrivate browsing is a private browsing mode in which no browsing history, download history, cookies and site data, and form fill data are remembered. Microsoft Edge saves downloaded files as well as any new favorites created while browsing InPrivate. By default, while browsing InPrivate, Microsoft does not collect any info about websites you visit for product improvement purposes. Your school, workplace, or internet service provider may still be able to see your browsing activity. Browsing data for the specific InPrivate session is cleared after all InPrivate windows are closed.

Installed extensions are not turned on while in InPrivate browsing mode by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing an extension in InPrivate browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Turn On or Off Extensions in Microsoft Edge Chromium

You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.

If needed, you can turn on or off added extensions as needed in Microsoft Edge without needing to remove the extension. For example, when an extension is causing an issue for a site, and needs to be temporarily turned off until finished with the site.

When you turn on an installed extension, the extension’s icon will be added to the toolbar next to the address bar.

When you turn off an installed extension, the extension’s icon will be removed from the toolbar next to the address bar.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off installed extensions in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Reveal Password Button in Microsoft Edge Chromium

After you typed in the password field for a site, you will see a “Reveal password” (eye) button. Selecting the “eye” icon shows what you’ve typed in the password field. Some sites may override this functionality though.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 87.0.666.0 and higher, you can turn on or off to display the Reveal password button when entering passwords.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Reveal password (eye) button when entering passwords in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add and Remove Extensions in Microsoft Edge Chromium

You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.

You can add extensions to Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store by default whenever you want.

If you like, you can also allow to add extensions to Microsoft Edge from other sources like the Chrome Web Store.

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How to Enable or Disable Use of BitLocker on Removable Data Drives in Windows

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

New files are automatically encrypted when you add them to a drive that uses BitLocker. However, if you copy these files to another drive or a different PC, they’re automatically decrypted.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

If you like, you can configure the Control use of BitLocker on removable drives group policy setting that controls the use of BitLocker on removable data drives. When this policy setting is enabled you can select property settings that control how users can configure BitLocker. Choose “Allow users to apply BitLocker protection on removable data drives” to permit the user to run the BitLocker setup wizard on a removable data drive. Choose “Allow users to suspend and decrypt BitLocker on removable data drives” to permit the user to remove BitLocker Drive encryption from the drive or suspend the encryption while maintenance is performed. If you do not configure this policy setting, users can use BitLocker on removable disk drives. If you disable this policy setting, users cannot use BitLocker on removable disk drives.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to configure and use BitLocker on removable data drives for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Suggested Passwords in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge can now help make the task of creating new accounts on the web a little easier and safer. When you are on a website that requires a new password, you can simply select new the password suggested by the browser. Password suggestions are strong, unique, and automatically saved in your profile’s saved passwords. Next time you visit the same website, your username and password will be auto-filled for you. If you are using Microsoft Edge on mobile and syncing your data, then the passwords you generated on your desktop will also be available on your mobile device.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable suggested passwords in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Vertical Tabs Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

It’s easy to end up with a ton of tabs open. The more you have open, the more difficult it becomes to find, switch between, and manage them. With vertical tabs, you can easily shift to view your tabs in a pane to the side. This allows you to easily see the titles and access controls like mute and close. It even makes it easy to reorder your tabs, with the ability to drag and drop to rearrange. When you want to focus on a specific page, you can collapse the pane. Anytime you need to switch between tabs, you can hover over the pane to see all the information you need. The new Microsoft Edge is the only browser to offer built-in vertical tab navigation allowing for a more streamlined experience.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 87.0.654.0 for some, you can now add or remove the vertical tabs button on the toolbar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the vertical tabs button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add and Remove Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

You can personalize Microsoft Edge with any custom theme you want from the Chrome Web Store. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab.

When you install a Google Chrome theme from the Chrome Web Store to Microsoft Edge, it will automatically remove and replace the previously added theme.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove Google Chrome themes from the Chrome Web Store to the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

If you like, you can enable the Allow installation of external store themes experimental flag in Microsoft Edge to allow themes from external web stores like the Chrome Web Store to be installed in Microsoft Edge.

You can personalize Microsoft Edge with any custom theme you want from the Chrome Web Store. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing installing Google Chrome themes from the Chrome Web Store to the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge.

You can add extensions to Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Edge add-ons website by default whenever you want.

If you like, you can also allow to add extensions to Microsoft Edge from other stores like the Chrome Web Store.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing extensions and themes to be added from other stores like the Chrome Web Store to the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Sites on Sleeping Tabs Block List in Microsoft Edge Chromium

To improve memory and CPU utilization of the Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft has developed a feature called sleeping tabs.

Early internal testing of devices with sleeping tabs has shown a median memory usage reduction of 26% for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s internal testing has also shown that a normal background tab uses 29% more CPU for Microsoft Edge than a sleeping tab. These resource savings should result in excellent battery savings. Although individual device performance varies depending on configuration and usage, Microsoft expects the decrease in resource and battery usage to create a better browsing experience for users.

Sleeping tabs builds upon the core of Chromium’s “freezing” technology. Freezing pauses a tab’s script timers to minimize resource usage. A sleeping tab resumes automatically when clicked, which is different than discarded tabs, which require the page to fully be reloaded.

Microsoft built upon the freezing technology to create sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to “go to sleep,” releasing system resources after a set amount of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.

By default, Microsoft set tabs to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval in edge://settings/system. Tabs that are asleep will fade to let you know they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be there immediately. You can also add sites you never want to sleep to a block list in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove sites on a sleeping tabs block list in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

To improve memory and CPU utilization of the Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft has developed a feature called sleeping tabs.

Early internal testing of devices with sleeping tabs has shown a median memory usage reduction of 26% for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s internal testing has also shown that a normal background tab uses 29% more CPU for Microsoft Edge than a sleeping tab. These resource savings should result in excellent battery savings. Although individual device performance varies depending on configuration and usage, Microsoft expects the decrease in resource and battery usage to create a better browsing experience for users.

Sleeping tabs builds upon the core of Chromium’s “freezing” technology. Freezing pauses a tab’s script timers to minimize resource usage. A sleeping tab resumes automatically when clicked, which is different than discarded tabs, which require the page to fully be reloaded.

Microsoft built upon the freezing technology to create sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to “go to sleep,” releasing system resources after a set amount of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.

By default, Microsoft set tabs to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval in edge://settings/system. Tabs that are asleep will fade to let you know they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be there immediately. You can also add sites you never want to sleep to a block list in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable sleeping tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Global Media Controls on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Enabling the Global Media Controls experimental flag in Microsoft Edge will add a media button on the toolbar during an active media session in Microsoft Edge.

Clicking on this media button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous, Seek, Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Global Media Controls UI on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Microsoft Edge

You can control media (audio or video) playback inside Microsoft Edge without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Mozilla Firefox

Starting in Mozilla Firefox 81, you can enable or disable the media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

You control media (audio or video) playback inside Firefox without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Firefox.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Mozilla Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Zoom Level in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge allows you to set a default zoom level between 25% and 500% used for all sites by default. The default setting is 100%.

Microsoft Edge also allows you to set an individual zoom level between 25% and 500% to always be used for specific sites instead of the default zoom level (ex: 100%).

This tutorial will show you how to set and change the default zoom level for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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