The future version of Microsoft Edge will allow unused tabs to be put to sleep less than a minute after a period of inactivity. It should thus allow you to gain in CPU and RAM resources. This function is already present in the Canary version of Edge, here is how to access and activate it.
Microsoft Edge is gaining momentum, and that’s probably not a coincidence. Based on Chromium, the browser benefits both from the installed base of PCs running Windows 10, but also from the Firefox debacle, which has lost 46 million users in 3 years. At the same time, the browser is really fast, user-friendly, secure and much easier to customize than the old edition of Microsoft Edge, which was not based on Chromium.
Edge 94 pauses unused tabs after less than a minute of inactivity
In its latest edition, Microsoft Edge browser literally “mutes” tabs you don’t use. However, the software does not close them, it simply pauses them. In order to reduce CPU and RAM usage, Redmond’s browser already offered a function to put tabs to sleep. But the activation time for this option was quite long (5 minutes in the best case).
With the new edition of Microsoft Edge, tabs you aren’t viewing pause faster. Thus, we go from five minutes to “less than a minute after a period of inactivity”. Suffice to say that the standby is immediate, or almost. This will save CPU and RAM resources, but also reduce the page you are viewing to row.
How to set Microsoft Edge tab sleep?
This option is available at the moment in the “Canary” edition of Microsoft Edge (version 94.0.973.0 at the time of this writing). To download it, click on the button below.
To activate the near-immediate standby function, then proceed as follows:
- Open the browser, then click on the three small dots, top right of the interface
- Go to the function Settings
- In the new tab that opens, head to System
- It is from the frame Optimizing performance that you can now adjust the time after which inactive tabs are put into sleep mode. By default, this delay is set to 2 hours of inactivity. The new version of Microsoft Edge now allows you to reduce this duration to less than a minute. Note in passing that this function has not yet been translated into the current version of Microsoft Edge. It is therefore entitled “Less than a minute on inactivity“.
There you go, there’s no need to restart the browser. To conclude, note that it is also not necessary to uninstall the current version of Microsoft Edge. The standard edition and the Canary version (which is in fact a beta), can perfectly coexist on the same PC. Enough to get an idea of what’s new in the browser, while waiting for the final edition to come out.