How to Disable Running Background Apps in Microsoft Edge

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to disable running background apps and extensions in Microsoft Edge browser.

The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

Edge browser is a cross-platform which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Edge and want to learn how to disable the new feature that allows continue running apps in the background, the steps below should show you how to do it.

By default, Microsoft Edge allows background apps and extensions to continue running in the background, even after you close Microsoft Edge. This may slow down computers in some instances.

 In this scenario, background apps and the current browsing session remain active, including any session cookies.

If you want to free up vital resources on your computer and extend your laptop battery life, you may want to disable continue running background apps when Microsoft Edge.

To get started with disabling background apps and extensions in Edge, follow the steps below:

Disable running background apps

To disable background apps and extensions, open Microsoft Edge and click the 3 horizontal dots ( . ) at the top right corner of your screen as shown in the image below.

edge default search 3

When the Settings page opens, click on System on the left side, and click on the Continue running background apps when Microsoft Edge is closed on the right side to disable.

If you want to enable it, then make sure it is turned on.

microsoft edge background running apps

Disable running apps from registry

You can also enable the running background apps feature from Windows registry.

If you’re logged in as an administrator, you can also disable this feature via Windows registry. To do that, use the steps below:

Using Windows registry is one way to force all users on the system to disable the feature. There are multiples ways to do this in Windows, however, using Windows registry is the easiest and most effective way to do it.

To enable, press the Windows Key + on your keyboard to open the run command box. Or use the search function to search for the Run app.

windows run regedit

In the command box, type the commands below and press Enter.


Then the registry opens, navigate to the path below.


From there, right-click on the Edge key and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option to create a REG_DWORD value if you don’t see existing BackgroundModeEnabled value already created.

windows edge safesearch dword

Name the new DWORD value as


After saving the DWORD above, double-click it to open. Then enter the value of 0 to enable.

microsoft edge background block running apps

(delete) = Default
0 = Force disabled
1 = Force enabled

That should do it!


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