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Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Having finally adopted the Chromium engine, Microsoft has made quite the impact with its browser, Edge. Access and compatibility with the Chrome extension store, great battery life and support for flags has made it a pretty solid competitor to Chrome.

In this article, we’re going over the top 15 Edge flags you should be using.

Before we dive into flags you should be using, let’s take a look at how you can use them in the first place.

How to use flags on Edge?

All you have to do is type in edge://flags in the address bar and hit enter.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

You’ll now reach the Flags page. From here on, you can search for specific flags and enable them using the drop-down. Then restart your browser and the flags will take effect.

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Force Dark Mode for Web Contents

One of the best flags you should be using is Edge’s enforced dark mode. While you can set the browser’s theme to dark, enabling this flag will force webpages and other web content to render in a dark theme as well. 

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

The earlier issue with this flag that caused inverted colours in images has been fixed as well.


Tab Groups

If you keep working with a bunch of tabs all the time, this one’s really helpful for you.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

This flag will allow you to visually group similar tabs together which makes it incredibly easy to find the tab(s) you’re searching.


Desktop PWAs Run on OS Login

If you use Progressive Web Applications or PWAs a lot, enabling this flag will let you run these apps on startup, making them behave like native apps with background notification support as well.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

This flag totally removes all dependency that these PWAs have on the browser and helps you use these applications separately. 

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Global Media Control

This one’s a lifesaver if you like listening to music as you browse the web. The flag makes media controls very accessible in Edge and even opens a picture-in-picture or PiP window for your reference.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

You’re going to have to enable the following two flags to take full advantage of this feature.

  • Global Media Controls
  • Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture

Compositor Threaded Scrollbar Scrolling

If you liked the scrolling effect on the classic Edge, you can’t it back on its Chromium sibling by enabling this flag.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Make sure to enable the Smooth Scrolling flag as well and you’ll find the scrolling working with the rubber band effect that it did in the legacy edition.


Heavy Ad Intervention

In a similar fashion to Chrome, Edge also has a built in flag to counter and optimise heavy ads.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Enable this flag Edge will automatically block out ads that are consuming way too many system resources. 

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Enable Sharing Page Via QR Code

The flag does exactly what it sounds like. It adds a button next to the address bar that shows a QR code which can be scanned to open the page.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

It’s a really quick and easy way to share webpages with whoever you want.


Parallel Downloading

Enabling this flag can help you get better download speeds.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

This flag essentially breaks your downloads into multiple parts and downloads them similarly hence, optimising downloads.


Sleeping tabs

When you leave your browser, or more specifically a particular tab idle, it continues to eat into your system resources. Enabling this flag will automatically put idle tabs to sleep, hence saving on system resources

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

This is a must have flag if you hoard a bunch of tabs.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Head over to edge://settings/system to edit the duration after which a tab is put to sleep.

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Quieter Notification Permission Prompts

If you have enabled notifications from a bunch of different sites, you know that they can be a real nuisance.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

However, enabling this flag will block notifications inside of Edge giving you a significantly less intrusive browsing experience. 


Tab Hover Cards

Another handy flag for tab hoarders, this enables a live preview of the tab as you hover over one. This makes navigating through tabs seamless and it becomes extremely easy to find out the tab you’re searching.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

You’ll need to enable the following flags to take full advantage of this feature.

  • Tab Hover Cards.
  • Tab Hover Card Images.

Pull-to-refresh Gesture

Much like we refresh webpages on our smartphones, the pull-to-refresh gesture lets you refresh a webpage by swiping down with two fingers on the trackpad. 

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Note that some trackpads already support this feature so you might not even have to enable this particular flag. But in case your trackpad doesn’t, now you know what to do. 

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Enable Support For FTP URLs

If you often visit FTP URLs on your machine, this flag is going to come in real handy.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

If you’re having any issues while trying to access FTP locations or URLs, enabling this flag will resolve the issue in no time. 


Omnibox UI Max Autocomplete Matches

You must be well aquinted with the fact that Edge and practically every other browser shows autocomplete suggestions when you’re filling up a form.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Well if you’d like to see more suggestions at once in the Omnibox, this is the flag you’re going to need.


Enable Lazy Image Loading

As the name suggests, the flag loads images only when the user is in the active viewport. This can help save both system resources and internet bandwidth if in case you’re running low on the latter.

Top 15 Microsoft Edge Flags you should check out

Even if you don’t have these challenges, having this flag open can make life easier for tab hoarders by saving on system resources you need when running a bunch of tabs, 

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