How to Turn On or Off Performance Mode in Microsoft Edge

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable or disable Microsoft Edge browser performance mode in Windows 10.

Microsoft is planning to introduce a performance mode feature with its Edge browser starting with version 91. As of now, this feature isn’t available in the current stable version of Edge.

However, since Edge typically updates to the latest version when available, you’ll begin to see the performance mode feature soon after updating. When it is released, the steps below show you how to enable it, when disabled and how to disable it when enabled.

This mode helps optimize your browser’s performance by saving battery and minimizing resource usage (memory, CPU). Performance improvements might vary depending on your device specifications and individual browser habits Details:

  • Puts background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity (if sleeping tabs are on). The timer will go back to its previous selection when you’re not in performance mode.
  • While we do our best to minimize the impact on your experience, performance mode may cause:
    • Videos to be less smooth
    • Animations slow down when you’re not interacting with the browser

To enable Edge performance mode, follow the steps below:

Enable Edge Performance mode

To enable, right-click the Edge icon from the task menu or on your desktop.

There are multiple locations where you will find the Edge home folder. These are sometimes based on the user’s profile and how Edge was installed.

The edge browser’s icon is typically stored in the path below for each user on the System.

C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Replace the highlighted username in the path above the user account name on the System.

On some systems, you might also find the Edge browser’s icon in the path below:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application

On other systems, you may find the Edge browser’s icon in the location below:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Where ever you find your Edge icon, right-click it and select Properties as shown in the image below:

When the properties pane opens, in the Target field, add the command option at the end of the line after a space.


The full target command would look like this:

"C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge SxS\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=msPerformanceModeToggle

Apply and save your change.

After saving your changes, open Edge and open its settings page. Click the three horizontal dots ( . ) at the top right corner to get to its setting page.

Then click System from the left panel, under the “Optimize Performance” section, and use the drop-down menu to select Always On for Performance Mode. 

That’s it!

Disable performance mode

To disable performance mode, simply reverse the steps above. Remove the command option from the Edge command target field and save.

You can disable the browser but key the command target field option.


This post showed you how to enable the Edge performance mode feature. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.