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How to configure sleeping tabs on Edge?

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You were working effortlessly on your web browser, bouncing between several tabs, and then suddenly, your browser crashed. You lost your flow, and now you don’t feel like working again.

If you are using an old machine low on RAM, you have probably experienced the aforementioned situation several times.

The main reason for this unlikely behaviour is that every tab on your browser is an independent process. Due to this reason, every new tab on your browser increases the system resources it consumes.

It is this increase in the usage of system resources that causes a web browser to crash. So how do you solve the problem of an unresponsive browser and keep all your tabs?

Well, the answer to your question is simple, you start using Microsoft Edge as your daily driver and use its sleeping tabs functionality to prevent your browser from freezing.

A sleeping tab is visible on your browser, but it reduces the resources it consumes. This reduction in the consumption of system resources happens when a tab has been running in the background for a specified amount of time but has not been opened in a while. According to Microsoft, a sleeping tab consumes 32 per cent lesser memory and boosts up battery life by 37 per cent.

When you click on a sleeping tab, the browser reallocates the released resources, bringing them back to life, enabling users to open as many tabs as they want.

Also read: How to share screen in Microsoft Teams?

Configuring sleeping tabs on Microsoft Edge

To configure sleeping tabs on Microsoft Edge you can follow the steps given below

Step 1: Click on the three dots on the top right corner of the browser and click on Settings.

How to configure sleeping tabs on Edge? | Candid.Technology

Step 2: Click on System and toggle the button next to Save resources with sleeping tabs.

How to configure sleeping tabs on Edge? | Candid.Technology

Step 3: Select the time after which you want your tabs to become inactive from the drop-down menu.

How to configure sleeping tabs on Edge? | Candid.Technology

If you want certain websites to keep running and not be affected by your sleeping tab configuration. You can click on Add in front of Never put these sites to sleep, enter the URL of a website and click on Add,

How to configure sleeping tabs on Edge? | Candid.Technology

Also read: How to hard refresh Chrome and other web browsers?

Nischay Khanna

Nischay Khanna

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