How to Fix Microsoft Edge Crashes and Freezes
The new Microsoft Edge Chromium-based browser offers a surprisingly good set of features coupled with excellent performance and stability. However, like all browsers, some users may encounter issues, such as pages crashing, freezing, or even the entire browser shutting down. Usually, these issues are not serious and can be fixed easily. Try the solutions outlined below and see if they will be able to return your Microsoft Edge browser to its optimal performance.
Delete the Browser Cache
- Launch the Edge browser.
- Open the 'Settings and more' menu.
- Navigate to the 'Privacy and services' section.
- Go to 'Clear browsing data' and click on the 'Choose what to clear' button.
- Select the appropriate items you wish to be removed from the browser data.
- After making your selection click the 'Clear now' button.
- Restart the Edge browser.
Disable or Remove Incompatible Extensions
The problems with the Edge browser could be caused by incompatible extensions. To find the culprit you may need to disable the extensions one by one until you pinpoint the right one. However, before that, start the browser in Incognito mode. If the issues appear once more then it is unlikely that the installed extensions are causing the browser instability and you should check for other solutions. If the browser is operating normally in Incognito mode, then follow these steps:
- Go to the 'Settings and more' menu.
- Click on 'Extensions.'
- Go to 'Manage extensions.'
- Start testing each extension by disabling it and checking if the browser issues have disappeared.
- After finding the incompatible extension, follow the same steps, but this time remove it.
Modify Edge via Settings
- Type settings in the search field on the taskbar and open the top result.
- Open the 'Apps' section.
- Use the search field to locate Microsoft Edge.
- Select it and click on the Modify button.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.