Microsoft Edge is a pretty decent, stable browser but it can be slow at times. There’s a potential fix for its lagginess: try turning off Adobe Flash!
I’ve heard great things about Microsoft Edge. It is blazing fast, and simple – which covers the basics you would want in a browser – and comes with nifty features like web notes for annotating web pages, Cortana integration, and Bing Instant Answers. The only regular sore-point for a major chunk of netizens is the lack of extensions support, but that too will be solved soon.
However, I still stick to Chrome for all my browsing purposes. One major reason – besides extensions support and syncing data with my iPhone – is how Edge can freeze and be generally slow at times. I researched on how to solve this annoying bug, and seem to have found a solution that I’ve confirmed works for a lot of people.
It’s simple: turn off Flash.
Flash dominated most of the 2000s as the web’s platform of choice for delivering multimedia – games, videos, fancy websites and animations. Since the rise of the iPhone, however, it has slowly been replaced by HTML5. Good riddance, I say!
Today, it is actually quite easy to enjoy the web without Flash. All your favorite video websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo etc. now come with HTML5 players by default. Flash is required very little these days, so it is recommended you uninstall it anyway.
Adobe Flash appears to be the cause of much of Microsoft Edge’s poor performance. You can uninstall Flash from Edge by following these steps.
Steps to uninstall Flash from Edge
Step 1: Launch Edge.
Step 2: Click on the More icon that looks like three dots.
Step 3: Click on Settings.
Step 4: Scroll down to click on view advanced settings.
Step 5: Disable ‘Use Adobe Flash Player’.
Step 6: Enjoy a faster, more performant Edge browser with any slowdowns!
That’s it. I hope this works for you just as it worked for me, and the people who successfully applied this fix. Do let us know if you know of any other fixes for Edge’s occasional slow performance.