Microsoft Edge is my preferred browser on mobile and desktop. The software giant’s latest chromium browser offers cross-platform availability, unique functions such as Edge Collections, and it’s compatible with all the Chrome extensions. There is a lot to like about Windows 10’s default web browser. But all your joy can go in vain if the browser keeps crashing on you frequently.
This is a known issue among Windows 10 users. And there are multiple factors at play here. Sometimes, Microsoft Edge stops responding or keeps crashing now and then. It can be a real pain as you might have dozens of tabs open for research work or watching the latest TV series on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
In this post, we will talk about all the major reasons leading to Microsoft Edge crashing on Windows 10 and how to troubleshoot the issue. Let’s get started.
1. Restart Your Computer
Sometimes, a simple reboot of the PC can resolve the machine’s critical issues and Windows 10 OS. You can click on the Start button and select Restart to reboot the computer.
Now go ahead, and start browsing to see if the Edge crashing issue is resolved or not.
2. Change Google Search Engine
Many users reported that the Edge browser kept crashing on them when they set Google as the Edge browser’s default search engine. As a temporary workaround, you can change the default search engine to Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo from the Edge Settings.
Open the Edge browser and go to Settings. Navigate to Privacy, Search, and Services > Address bar and Search.
You will see the Search engine used in the address bar option. Click on it and select a non-Google search engine.
3. Turn off Search Suggestions
What if you want to keep Google as the default search engine? After all, it’s the best search engine out there with superior suggestions, AI, and more. In that case, you can temporarily turn off search suggestions from the Edge Settings.
Open the Edge browser and go to Settings. Navigate to Privacy, Search, and Services > Address bar and Search. Turn off search suggestions from the menu, and you will be fine going back with Google as the default search engine.
4. Clear Cache and Cookies
A corrupted cache can ruin your day. It’s almost always safe to clear the cache, so there’s no reason not to try it.
If there is overburdened browsing data in your Microsoft Edge, that may make the browser slow or stop responding entirely.
When Microsoft Edge does not respond in Windows 10, you can clear the browsing history, cache, and cookies for your browser.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge and tap on the three-dot menu above.
Step 2: Go to Settings > Privacy, Search, and Services.
Step 3: Navigate to Clear Browsing data > Choose What to Clear.
Step 4: Select Cookies and Cache and hit Clear data at the bottom.
Then relaunch the Microsoft Edge browser and inspect if problems with Edge crashing have been fixed.
5. Close Edge Properly
Sometimes Edge stops responding because the tabs you have closed over time never actually shut the process. These Edge processes add up and consume a lot of RAM. The behavior ultimately leads to Microsoft Edge crashing, freezing, or not opening at all.
Follow the steps below to close Edge completely on Windows 10.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and open the start menu.
Step 2: Type Task Manager and hit enter to open the program.
Step 3: Right-click on the top-level Microsoft Edge process (the one with the number next to it) and select End Task.
That will close all running Edge processes, free up RAM space, and allow you to relaunch Edge. You should also take a look at other processes running in the background. Close irrelevant ones, and that should free up more RAM space on your Windows 10 device.
6. Disable Edge Extensions
As you already know, Microsoft Edge is built-on Google’s Chromium engine. As a result, it works perfectly fine with all the Google Chrome extensions. Using extensions, one can add more features to the basic Edge interface and functionality.
However, some might not be actively maintained, could be out of date, or develop incompatibilities with new Edge builds.
If you have dozens of Edge extensions installed, it can be difficult to figure out which one causes the issue. Because of that, the easiest solution is to disable all extensions and then enable only the ones you need one at a time.
Step 1: Tap on the three-dot menu on the Edge home screen.
Step 2: Go to the Extensions menu and select Remove to delete extensions.
7. Update Windows
Microsoft Edge crashing is a critical issue for Microsoft as well. The browser is an integral part of the OS. The software giant is usually quick to fix such issues with small Windows patches. You can open the Settings app on Windows 10 and go to Windows updates. If there are any updates available, download and install them.
Start Using Microsoft Edge Again
You can easily fix the Microsoft Edge crashing behavior on Windows 10 using the tricks mentioned above. I turned off the search suggestions from the Edge Settings menu, and it resolved the issue for me. Do let us know about the trick that worked for you in the comments section below.
Next up: Firefox is another strong contender to rival the default Windows 10 browser. Read the comparison post from the link below to find a better pick for you.
Last updated on 13 July, 2021
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