How to Enable or Disable Background Extensions and Apps in Microsoft Edge

This article describes steps one can take to turn on or off extensions and apps running in the background when the Microsoft Edge browser is closed.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. Users are allowed to switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

By default, extensions and apps will continue to run in the background even when the Edge browser is closed. When this feature is enabled, the Microsoft Edge browser processes will start when signing in to your desktop and continue to run even when you close the browser.

Users may manually stop running processes from the Edge icon on the system tray if they need to. However, you can also turn off the feature if you don’t want to have Edge processes running even if the browser is closed.

Stop extensions and apps running in the background with Microsoft Edge

As described above, users may enable or disable extensions and apps running in the background when the Microsoft Edge browser is closed.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

Next, click on System and performance on the left menu.

Microsoft Edge System and Performance menu
Microsoft Edge System and Performance menu

On the Settings -> System and performance settings pane, under the System section toggle the button on the tile that says “Continue running background extensions and apps when Microsoft Edge is Closed” to On or Off.

Microsoft Edge continue running background extensions and apps
Microsoft Edge continues running background extensions and apps

If off, Edge will disable all extensions and apps running in the background when the browser is closed. If enabled, extensions and apps will continue to run in the background even when Edge is closed.

Turn on or off running background extensions and apps in Edge

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry to turn on or off apps and extensions running in the background when the Edge browser is closed.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
Microsoft Edge show or hide the sidebar via the registry

On the right pane of the Edge folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named BackgroundModeEnabled.

Double-click the new value name (BackgroundModeEnabled) and enter the Value data of 1 to continue running extensions and apps in the background even when the Edge browser is closed.

Value data of 0 will disable running apps and extensions when the Edge browser is closed.

Microsoft Edge continue running background extensions and apps registry value data
Microsoft Edge continues running background extensions and apps registry value data

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable continue running background apps and extensions even when the Microsoft Edge web browser. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.