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How to Use the Built-in Task Manager in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has become a mature and solid browser, and the good thing is more and more extensions are becoming available for it. Plus, since it’s built with Chromium code, you can install Chrome extensions from the Chrome Web Store. But some extensions (and web sites) are more resource-heavy than others and can slow things down. If you experience a slow down while using Microsoft Edge, here’s how to open and use its built-in Browser task manager. This can help you narrow down what’s causing the slowdown and end it.

Microsoft Edge Browser Task Manager

The idea of a task manager for Microsoft Edge is similar to having Task Manager for Windows 10 on your PC. To get started, launch Microsoft Edge and click the Options button (three dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen. Scroll down and click on More tools > Browser task manager.

Options Edge

When the Browser Task Manager opens you will notice it is virtually identical to Google Chrome’s Task Manager. By default, it shows you tasks running, and the amount of system resources a tab or process is using. You will find columns for Memory, CPU, Network, and Process ID.

Just like other task managers you can sort tabs by resource usage. For most users, the main columns you will want to focus on are Memory and CPU. Click on any of the column headers to sort by resource usage. If you find an extension, site, or process that is using too many resources you can end it.

For example, if Edge was acting slow or a tab was unresponsive, I could open the Browser Task Manager, highlight the offending process, and click the End process button. In the shot below I am ending the NFL tab and the page will close.

end process

Related: How to Close Unresponsive Apps on Your Chromebook with Task Manager

If you need to add more categories to Browser Task Manager you can. Just right-click anywhere in the task manager and choose the category you need and the column header and stats will be added. Typically, these extra categories are for developers and in-depth troubleshooting.

add more categories

You can close multiple tabs or processes at once as well. Selecting each process is like selecting various items in File Explorer. Click a process and hold down the Shift key to select a group. Or, to select multiple processes that aren’t listed together you can hold Ctrl and highlight each one you want to end.

browser task manager

Be careful in what you end as you could cause the browser to stop functioning. The best-case reason to use this for the average user is so you can close unresponsive extensions or pages. Another great use for this is for those of us who have hundreds of tabs open at once. It makes it easy to close a bunch of them in one fell swoop!

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