Microsoft Edge is my favorite browser on mobile and desktop. The software giant’s latest Chrome browser offers cross-platform availability, unique features like Edge collections, and it’s compatible with all Chrome extensions. There’s a lot to love about the default Windows 10 web browser. But all your joy can be in vain if the browser crashes you frequently.
This is a known issue among Windows 10 users. And there are several factors at play here. Sometimes Microsoft Edge stops responding or crashes from time to time. This can be a real pain as you might have dozens of tabs open for research or to watch the latest TV series on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
In this article, we will talk about all the main reasons that led to Microsoft Edge crashing on Windows 10 and how to fix the problem. Let’s start.
1. Restart your computer
Sometimes a simple restart of the PC can resolve critical issues with the machine and the Windows 10 operating system. You can click the Start button and select Restart to restart the computer.
Now go ahead and start browsing to see if the Edge crashing issue is resolved or not.
2. Change Google search engine
Many users reported that Edge browser keeps blocking on them when they set Google as the default search engine of Edge browser. As a temporary solution, you can change the default search engine to Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo from the Edge settings.
Open Edge browser and go to settings. Go to Privacy, Research & Services> Address Bar & Search.
You will see the search engine used in the address bar option. Click on it and select a non-Google search engine.
3. Disable search suggestions
What if you want to keep Google as your default search engine? After all, it’s the best search engine with top suggestions, AI, and more. In this case, you can temporarily turn off search suggestions in the Edge settings.
Open Edge browser and go to settings. Go to Privacy, Research & Services> Address Bar & Search. Turn off search suggestions in the menu, and you can come back to Google as your default search engine.
4. Clear cache and cookies
A corrupted cache can ruin your day. It’s almost always safe to clear the cache, so there’s no reason not to try it.
If there is overloaded browsing data in your Microsoft Edge, it may slow down the browser or stop responding completely.
When Microsoft Edge is unresponsive in Windows 10, you can clear your browser’s browsing history, cache, and cookies.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge and tap on the three-dot menu above.
2nd step: Go to Settings> Privacy, Search and Services.
Step 3: Go to Clear browsing data> Choose what to clear.
Step 4: Select Cookies and cache and tap Clear data at the bottom.
Then relaunch the Microsoft Edge browser and check if the Edge crashing issues have been resolved.
5. Close the edge properly
Sometimes Edge stops responding because the tabs you’ve closed over time never actually stop the process. These Edge processes add up and consume a lot of RAM. The behavior ultimately leads to Microsoft Edge crashing, freezing, or not opening.
Follow the steps below to completely shut down Edge on Windows 10.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and open the Start menu.
2nd step: Type Task Manager and press Enter to open the program.
Step 3: Right-click on the top-level Microsoft Edge process (the one with the number next to it) and select End Task.
This will close all running Edge processes, free up RAM space, and allow you to relaunch Edge. You should also take a look at other processes running in the background. Close the irrelevant ones, and it should free up more RAM space on your Windows 10 device.
6. Disable Edge Extensions
As you already know, Microsoft Edge is integrated with Google’s Chromium engine. As a result, it works perfectly with all Google Chrome extensions. By using extensions, one can add more functionality to the interface and basic Edge functionality.
However, some may not be actively maintained, may be obsolete, or develop incompatibilities with newer Edge versions.
If dozens of Edge Extensions are installed, it can be difficult to determine which one is causing the problem. For this reason, the easiest solution is to disable all extensions and then enable only the ones you need one at a time.
Step 1: Tap the three-dot menu on the Edge home screen.
2nd step: Go to the Extensions menu and select Remove to remove the extensions.
7. Update Windows
Microsoft Edge crash is also a critical issue for Microsoft. The browser is an integral part of the operating system. The software giant is generally quick to fix these issues with small Windows fixes. You can open the Settings app on Windows 10 and access Windows Updates. If there are any updates available, download and install them.
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You can easily fix Microsoft Edge crashing behavior on Windows 10 using the tips mentioned above. I turned off the search suggestions in the Edge Settings menu and that fixed the issue for me. Let us know the trick that worked for you in the comments section below.
Firefox is another strong contender to compete with the default Windows 10 browser. Read the comparison article from the link below to find a better choice for you.
Last updated on Nov 17, 2020
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