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How to use Microsoft Edge’s built-in task manager



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If you experience slow performance while browsing the web with Microsoft Edge, you can use Edge’s built-in Browser Task Manager to determine which sites or extensions may be slowing down your system due to heavy resource usage. Here’s how to use it.

First, open ̵

6;Microsoft Edge’. Click the ellipses button (three dots) in the top right corner of an Edge browser window. From the menu that appears, select ‘More Tools’ and then ‘Browser Task Manager’.

To open Edge's Task Manager, click the ellipses button and select

When the Browser Task Manager window opens, you will see a list of all tabs, processes and extensions running in the browser. The data for each is divided into four columns. This is what each column means:

  • Memory: This shows how much system memory a tab or process is using in kilobytes.
  • PROCESSOR: This shows what percentage of your total CPU (processing power) capacity a tab or process is using.
  • Network: This shows the amount of network bandwidth used by the tab or process in bytes or kilobytes per second. Tabs with open sites streaming media such as video or music will use more.
  • Process ID: This shows the process ID of the tab or process, which is especially useful for in-depth developer troubleshooting.

A preview pane of Microsoft Edge's built-in Browser Task Manager

You can click the column heading “Memory”, “CPU” or “Network” at any time. Task Manager will sort the tabs and processes by resource usage.

For example, if you want to know which tab is using the most memory, click the “Memory” column heading and the most memory-intensive tabs will be moved to the top of the list. Likewise, if you want to see which tabs are using the most CPU power, click the “CPU” column heading.

In Edge Task Manager, click column headings to sort by resource usage

If a tab or process takes up too much CPU, memory, or network bandwidth and becomes unresponsive, you can close it with Edge’s Browser Task Manager. To do this, select the tab or process from the list and then click on the ‘End Process’ button.

To force close a tab or process in Edge, select the tab or process and click

You can also use Browser Task Manager to manage large numbers of tabs at once. For example, if you have 100 tabs open and you want to close many at once, select them from a group in Task Manager and click ‘End Process’. Make sure you have saved all work on those tabs before suddenly closing them. Have fun browsing!

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