Disable Edge Chromium Background Processes after Closing

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated February 3, 2020)


Microsoft's updated web browser, Microsoft Edge Chromium, allows for many new features and improvements over the previous browser, Microsoft Edge. Built on the open-source Chromium engine, Edge Chromium offers faster browsing, security, enhancements, features, and more. One feature allows for Edge Chromium to run processes in the background, even after it is closed. Microsoft does this to allow for the browser to launch and load faster as well as allow for notifications and more to continue while the app is closed.

Typically, Windows 10 runs apps in a suspended state when you navigate away or minimize the app. For some apps, this means your computer will retain the memory the computer allocated but it draws little from the CPU. It's the retaining of system resources coupled with the possible drain (however minimal) of power that might give some users reason for concern. Turning this feature off is a simple configuration change handled within Edge Chromium itself.

  1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Edge", then press Enter. This launches the Microsoft Edge Chromium browser. If you have the app pinned you could also click on the pin.
  2. In the web address bar type "edge://settings/system" (without the quote marks) and then press Enter. This displays the settings for Edge in a new browser tab.
  3. In the list of settings at the left of the tab, click on "System" to open the Microsoft Edge Chromium system settings. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. Microsoft Edge Chromium system settings.

  5. Click on the toggle for the "Continue running background apps when Microsoft Edge is closed" setting.
  6. Close Edge or navigate to a webpage or site, your change takes effect immediately.

While Microsoft Edge Chromium running in the background shouldn't use a large number of system resources, controlling which of your apps has the use of background resources puts you more in control of your computer.

 This tip (13734) applies to Windows 10.

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What is three less than 9?

2020-02-05 17:46:37


Thanks, TW. I downloaded the new version of Edge and am considering whether I want to keep both versions (as online advice suggested is possible). What is your take on this?

2020-02-04 12:57:50


Sheryl, That was caused by having the legacy version of Edge which ended with 44.18362. The new Chromium-based version started with 79.0.309. You can get the new version from here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4501095/download-the-new-microsoft-edge-based-on-chromium. After installation the new version will replace the legacy version and the icon will change from the dark blue e to the new mullti colored e logo.

2020-02-03 20:45:18


In the web address bar type "edge://settings/system" (without the quote marks) and then press Enter. This displays the settings for Edge in a new browser tab did not open a new browser tab and did not display the settings for edge. It changed the display in the address bar to https://www.bing.com/search?q=edge%3A%2F%2Fsettings%2Fsystem&form=EDGEAR&qs=PF&cvid=2c247cf39b1d4c7aa5f4464d107bb6bd&cc=US&setlang=en-US&plvar=0
and presented a choice of subjects to click on, including:
The New Microsoft Edge - More Privacy. More Control.
Configure Microsoft Edge Settings - Configuration Manager
How to Reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Images of Edge://settings/system

And so on. In case anyone thinks this is a function influenced by an old version of Windows 10, this is the version on my PC: 10.0.18362 Build 18362 and this is the version of Chrome: Version 79.0.3945.130 (Official Build) (64-bit)

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