How to Turn On or Off Fade Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable fade sleeping tabs when using Microsoft Edge browser.

A new feature added to Edge is its Efficiency mode, which is designed to help extend battery life by minimizing power usage, and reducing resource usage (CPU usage) through modifying certain tab activity on tabs you’re not interacting with and putting inactive background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes or less.

The sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge makes background tabs sleep after two hours of inactivity in order to free up resources for active tabs, new tabs, and other applications on your device.

Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available.

If you want to disable the fading and unfading of sleeping tabs in Edge, the steps below will show you.

How to disable or enable fading sleeping tabs in Microsoft Edge

As mentioned above, Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available.

If you want to change that, follow the steps below:

First open Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on the Settings and more (ellipse 3 dots) at top right corner, and select Settings.

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On the Settings page, select System and performance on the left.

Alternatively, you can use the URL below to go directly there.

edge://settings/system

There, under Optimize Performance, toggle the switch to On or Off for the tile “Fade sleeping tabs” to enable or disable fade sleeping tabs in Edge.

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That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the fade sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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