Disable Edge Chromium Background Processes after Closing

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated February 3, 2020)

3

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.

Author Bio

Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...

MORE FROM ERIC

Volume Conversions

Remembering volume conversions can be tricky. Fortunately, the Windows 10 calculator offers volume conversion capabilities.

Discover More

More Clocks to Track Time

As you work you may need to keep track of the time in various locations or time zones. Add additional clocks to the clock ...

Discover More

Completely Delete Files with Cipher

When you delete a file in Windows, the operating system only removes the file from view. The deleted content can still be ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Profiles in Edge Chromium

Microsoft's Edge Chromium allows for a powerful new feature called Profiles. These allow for one web browser to be used ...

Discover More

Grouping Tiles on the Start Screen

The Start screen can serve as your launching pad for whatever programs you desire. You can move tiles around on the Start ...

Discover More

Understanding Compatibility Settings

Compatibility settings are parameters within executable images that allow or deny it to properly run under a given ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 3 + 7?

2020-02-05 17:46:37

Sheryl

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

TW

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

Sheryl

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)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.